Are Collards the New Kale?

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It’s that time of year again. People jump on the veggie loving band-wagon to follow recently discovered organic foods in an effort to become a clean, green, whole food eater.

Apparently this deep-green-cruciferous-cabbage-looking-plant surpasses the health benefits of kale, mustard greens, broccoli, brussels sprouts, and cabbage as it lowers cholesterol levels by binding bile acids in your GI tract, according to whfoods.org. Not to mention, this low calorie veggie is high in fiber and is packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. However, collards wouldn’t really do the job for you if you ate them raw. In order to get all of the unique health benefits from these leafy greens, you should steam and eat them on a regular basis (as you should with any vegetable!). But be careful not to over cook them, unless you want your kitchen to smell like a fowl, sulfur, science lab.

Oh and another thing? Collards also stand out when it comes to cancer protection since they provide special nutrient support for the body’s main systems. The veggie will detox your system by enhancing enzyme levels. Yep, collards are the new thing, and hey, who wouldn’t want to eat something with nearly 50% more folate than kale, broccoli, and your favorite, brussels sprouts? Mmm, eat up!

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