There’s no way to deny it; kale has been everyone’s favorite superfood ever since someone decided to stick it in a blender and start selling green smoothies and juices. Kale is also found as the base of salads and healthy lunch bowls as well. This is all well and good for those of you who actually like the taste of kale, but what if you just can’t get on board with the way it tastes?
Will it mean that you have to give up the nutritious benefits that kale can provide? Fortunately for you, there are vegetables out there that are also healthy for you, and they don’t all have that same sometimes bitter quality to them that kale can have. What’s even better is that these vegetables are often even more nutritious than kale is! Read on to learn about four veggies that are more nutritious than kale.
Watercress is actually a vegetable that is most nutrient-dense per serving, compared to all other vegetables. Watercress contains high levels of nitrate, which works to lower blood pressure while improving oxygen performance during regular exercise. This vegetable is also chock full of vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C, and beta-carotenes. Still not convinced that watercress is more nutritious than kale? It’s the top food source for the compound PEITC, which is shown to reduce the risk of developing breast cancer.
Before kale came into town, spinach was the star green vegetable on everybody’s plates. Spinach is known to have higher levels of such important minerals as iron, magnesium, and potassium than kale. What’s more is that spinach also beats out kale in terms of levels of fiber, protein, vitamin A, and vitamin E.
Yes, this classic salad base ingredient has higher levels of folic acid than trendy kale does. This is especially significant given the fact that folic acid is a nutrient that has been scientifically proven to help alleviate depression. Also, once again, romaine lettuce is a veggie that trumps kale when it comes to gram for gram measurements of nutritional value.
This leafy green is more nutrient-dense than kale, when taken gram for gram. Chard also has double the amount of magnesium than kale, and it is a much better source of iron, which is a mineral that many people, especially women, are deficient in.
This article is made available for general, entertainment and educational purposes only. The opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect those of The Joint Corp (or its franchisees and affiliates). You should always seek the advice of a licensed healthcare professional.