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Kale: 5 Facts you’ll want to tell your friends about

It’s no secret how much we love kale at Pure Good. Seriously, you could go an entire day at one of our Corporate Cafes enjoying this marvellous member of the cabbage family. We love to whack it in a breakfast, blend it in a smoothie, make it the hero of our lunch time special or sometimes, we just serve it straight up for R15 as killer #kalechips.


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But did you know that we source our kale from local Western Cape farms like Umthunzi Farming Community? Check out their instagram to learn more about this wonderful place whose mission is,

“to support urban farmers to grow, sell and eat nourishing vegetables; improve consumer education and awareness of our local food system; and consciously link together all role players along the supply chain.”

While we’re in the realm of ‘did you know ______ about Kale,’ here’s 5 more facts we’ve sourced to share with you, from one kale loving community to another.

1. Cooking kale doesn’t diminish any of its nutritional benefits — score!

According to YouBeauty, “Contrary to rumor, cooking kale does not take away its nutritional benefits. When you bake kale to make chips, you lose water content, which is what makes it dry and crispy. All the nutrients stay in there, and the only downside (if you can even call it that) is that cooked kale, for its lack of water, will not fill you up as much as the raw product would.”

2. Greeks basically used Kale for their hangover cures

According to MentalFloss, “Ancient Greeks boiled leafy greens to eat as a cure for drunkenness. It’s not certain which leaves they used, but there are early Roman documents that describe brassica, the genus that includes kale and related plants.”

3. It Has More Vitamin C Than An Orange

According to Huffpost, “One cup of chopped kale has 134 percent of your recommended daily intake of vitamin C, while a medium orange fruit has 113 percent of the daily C requirement. That’s particularly noteworthy because a cup of kale weighs just 67 grams, while a medium orange weighs 131 grams. In other words? Gram for gram, kale has more than twice the vitamin C as an orange.”

4. Kale has a super power called Phytonutrients

The miraculous molecules in plants AKA: “Antioxidants and according to FoodMatters, “Kale possesses phytonutrients, which quell inflammation, improve the liver’s detox ability, and can even protect brain cells from stress. Kale talks to your DNA and tells it to sing the sweet, slow song of health and happiness.”

5. Kale Is Among The Most Nutrient-Dense Foods on The Planet

According to Healthline, “Eating more kale is a great way to dramatically increase the total nutrient content of your diet as a single cup of raw kale (about 67 grams or 2.4 ounces) contains (1):

  • Vitamin A: 206% of the DV (from beta-carotene)
  • Vitamin K: 684% of the DV
  • Vitamin C: 134% of the DV
  • Vitamin B6: 9% of the DV
  • Manganese: 26% of the DV
  • Calcium: 9% of the DV
  • Copper: 10% of the DV
  • Potassium: 9% of the DV
  • Magnesium: 6% of the DV
  • It also contains 3% or more of the DV for vitamin B1 (thiamin), vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B3 (niacin), iron and phosphorus.”

Well that’s all we’ve got for you today, we hope you’ve learnt some fun facts, now go out there an become the #KaleKween or #KaleKing you’ve always wanted to be. Your wallet, waistline and world will thank you, but please, whatever you do, just make sure you’re not like Nathan… #kalenightmare


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