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In the past, kale was grown for use as a garnish for salad bars. Increased consumer demand in connection with its many health benefits has farmers planting, and selling, more of the leafy green

Consumer demand has increased and some large growers have been asked to grow it. They can sell what they're growing, and because of the demand, they can sometimes market it at a higher price point than other greens. If consumers demand it, growers will grow it.

Kale is typically grown like other greens, making it easy for existing growers to incorporate it into their farming systems.

Kale has a similar flavor to traditional greens, and there are multiple ways to prepare it. Its growing popularity is linked to its perceived health benefits.

Researchers have focused on the impact of lutein levels in kale, with some studies showing that a lutein-rich diet, featuring vegetables such as kale, can help slow macular degeneration along with a number of other positive health attributes.

Although many associate high levels of carotenoids with more colorful vegetables, kale has long been known to have abundant levels of carotenoids, among the highest levels of all vegetables.

According to the National Institutes of Health, dietary carotenoids are thought to decrease the risk of disease, particularly certain cancers and eye disease.

Kale has been grown for centuries, but its resurgence is due to a greater emphasis on healthy diets - eating more fruits and vegetables and including a variety.

Kale is a member of the cabbage family, contains no fat or cholesterol and is low in sodium. It provides an abundance of vitamins A and C, which help ensure bodies work properly.

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Increased intakes of fruits and vegetables may help prevent obesity and may help to reduce risk of chronic diseases, like Type 2 diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease.

Seed supplies of some of the more traditional varieties have been short due to the increase in popularity.

To incorporate kale in your diet, try adding it to stir-fry, using it as a smoothie ingredient or baking kale chips.

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Sources: University of Georgia, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences


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