10 Superfoods Healthier Than Kale

Posted by Luisa de Luca on

 

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We are a nation who loves to follow fads.  Bell bottomed pants, long skirts, muscle shirts, we’ve gone through those fads.  We have had the Krispy Kreme phase and the Starbucks phenomenon. We could spend an entire evening listing the many fads that have captured us as a nation.  One of the popular food fads right now is kale.  We have kale chips, kale smoothies, kale bread, kale in our salads, and kale in our soup.  You get the picture.  Well, how about a little acknowledgement for the leafy greens with more benefits than kale?

The Center for Disease Control’s Preventing Chronic Disease1 recently released a study that denoted what fruits and vegetables could claim the title Super Foods.  The CDC also calls them Powerhouse Fruits and Vegetables.  Jennifer De Noia from William Paterson University of New Jersey led the study.  She developed and validated a classification platform based on nutrient density per 100 calories of each food. Each food was analyzed for a minimum of 17 nutrients.  They are: potassium, thiamin, calcium, iron, folate, niacin, fiber, zinc, protein, riboflavin, and the vitamins A, B6, B12, C, D, E, and K. Take a look at the chart below.  We think you are going to be surprised by the holder of the number 1 spot.

Food 

Watercress

Chinese Cabbage

Chard

Beet Green

Spinach

Chicory

Leafe Lettuce

Parsley

Romaine Lettuce

Collard Green

Turnip Green

Mustard Green

Endive

Chive

Kale

Dandelion Green

Red Pepper

Arugula

Broccoli

Pumpkin

Brussel Sprout

Scallion

Nutrient Density Score 

100.00

91.99

89.27

87.08

86.43

73.36

70.73

65.59

63.48

62.49

62.12

61.39

60.44

54.80

49.07

46.34

41.26

37.65

34.89

33.82

32.23

27.35

Yes, you read that right. There’s 10 superfoods listed above kale! So, the question becomes, how can you incorporate more of these superfoods in your diet to boost your health?

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There’s no denying that kale is a healthy food.  However, we all seem to get tunnel vision when it comes to the charisma of a new fad.  So, if you enjoy your kale, have at it.  However, we wanted you to be aware of the nutrition in the other choices.  We believe this is good information to have and can help you with your future food alternatives.  

Sources:

  1. http://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2014/13_0390.htm

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