An early organic superfood, collard greens have been a component of the human diet for thousands of years. They were said to have originated from Eastern Europe. A cruciferous vegetable whose ancestors were wild cabbage, also known as colewort, possesses an enormous amount of nutrients.
This ancient organic superfood is not only great in taste, but is also packed to the max with vitamin C, A, E, K, and B9 as well as essential minerals like selenium, manganese, copper, calcium and iron. It is also a good source of beta-carotene and choline. All this makeup puts collard green on the list of the world’s nutritious food. In addition to this, a single serving of this veggie gives out a mere 46 calories!
Our body’s health depends heavily on good nutrition. That is why adding this highly nutritious organic superfood in your diet is a wise choice as it contain a huge reservoir of soluble fiber and multiple nutrients with anti- cancer properties.
What do you get from consuming collard green?
On top of the list is its ability to lower your cholesterol level with its amazing bile acid binding power that makes it easy to excrete bile acid from your body. This organic superfood also has the capacity to protect you from certain form of cancer as it is also made up of several glucosinolates, namely, glucotropaeolin, sinigrin, glucoraphanin, gluconasturtiin, which are all potent detoxifying and anti- inflammatory agent. It can boost your immune system and support your digestive system. Regular consumption of collard reduces health risks like diabetes and obesity. It can also promote healthy skin and hair.
A non-heading cabbage whose leaves resembles more of a crown on top of their stout and an erect stem that usually grow to a height of 4 feet. The leaves are large, smooth and dark green in color with irregular lobes arranged in the form of rosette around the main stem. Collard tastes relatively mild with a wonderful cross flavor of kale and cabbage. Recorded cultivation and use of this organic superfood in the United States dates back to the 1600’s and became an integral part of traditional southern cuisine.
Health concern: Collard green is goitrogenic and may interfere with thyroid function. It’s best to consult with your health provider on how to safely consume collard green and other cruciferous vegetable.
Collard green interesting fact: Steamed collard has a greater bile acid binding ability than raw collard.
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The article written here is for educational purpose only and is not meant to provide any medical advice. If you have an illness or medical condition, it would be best to consult first with your health care provider or family physician before undertaking any course of treatment.
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