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
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.
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
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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