For 38 Calories a serving of one cup of Kale, this vegetable is a winner among all vegetables. Kale is a wrinkled dark green vegetable. It is easy to find in supermarkets. You can also grow it very easily in colder temperatures where a light frost will produce specially sweet kale leaves.
Kale has so many health benefits. With abundant of vitamin K, A, and C in only one cup you will have much more than the daily required amount of these vitamins. It is also a very good source of manganese, dietary fiber, calcium, copper, vitamin B6, Iron and potassium. This combination of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients makes kale a great vegetable to have!
When we eat Kale, it makes our liver to produce enzymes to detoxify cancer causing chemicals, to inhibits chemically induced breast cancers, and to kill the colon cancer cells.
Kale being rich in A vitamin is well known for its carotenoids. These carotenoids act like sunglass filters and prevent damage to the eyes from excessive exposure to ultraviolet light where increased eye cloudiness leads to blurred vision. People who have eaten lutein-rich foods like kale had a 50% lower risk for cataracts.
If you are a smoker, or exposed to second hand smoke, You should have vitamin A rich foods, such as kale. The research was found that cigarettes cause vitamin A deficiency, but a diet rich in vitamin A can help counter this effect.
People on blood thinner medicine should not take Kale since it has so much Vitamin K. Always remember moderation in everything is the key.
I searched the Internet for sour taste and to my surprise I found out that we the Westerners do not know and would not like sour tastes. In a poll, I asked "what foods do you know that is sour? "Many people did not know the answer. One person answered and said: Vinegar, Candies, and Pickles.
We know that taste is one of the traditional five senses. In the West, we know of four taste sensations: sweet, salty, sour, and bitter; where salty, and sweet are considered "appetitive" and bitter and sour are "aversive". We and the food industry train our kids mostly to appetitive tastes. Aversive tastes do not exist in our culture and many times our brain is programmed to think they are potentially harmful substances. If we mix appetitive with aversive we tend to reject that food completely.
Majority of people in the East eat many sour foods. When I was growing up, my family ate many sour foods. The children loved sour fruit roll-ups with no sugar at all. The more sour the better we liked them. We loved sour plums. They always sold sour plums in season on the streets by our school and everyone lined up to buy them and we even put lots of salt on it, not sugar. We ate Cornelian Cherries; another sour fruit. We put fresh lemon juice and olive oil on our salad for dressing. We preferred sour cherries over regular cherries or Bing cherries. We ate the almond fruit before it was hardened and when it was sour. Besides loving sweet grapes we also loved them sour. We bought grapes before it was ripened and became sweet and we used them to make many great dishes. We ate sour soup at least once a month if not weekly to cleanse our body from inside. We had Tamarinds, Pomegranates, Rhubarbs, Sour oranges and Blackberries. The list of sour foods are plenty to choose from. We had many dishes that were sour and we loved them all.
Sour and bitter foods protect us against diseases. The natural nutrient and vitamin C in these sour foods will get rid of your acne, cracked lips, white tongues, obesity, constipation and cold and flu. They will bring up your immune system and metabolism. Lets you have a great complexions and they are great in prevention of cancer. Besides the sour foods that I mentioned above, you can bring up your taste buds for sour with Granny smith apples, Grapefruits, Dried cranberries with no sugar added, or just plain fresh lemon on your salad, fish, and water. I will talk about bitter food in another blog post.
We can train our taste buds and our children's taste buds to acquire and appreciate the goodness of sour food and tastes. The process of acquiring a taste involves consuming the food in order of learning to enjoy it. Many of the world's delicacies are considered to be acquired tastes.
If we can acquire tastes for some foods that send mixed signals like Coffee with creams or sugar; strong cheese; sweet and sour Chinese food we also can acquire to enjoy the sour taste alone without sugar.
ABC signs of a healthy person!
When my parents used to go to the Doctor; the doctor would look at them and take their heart beat from their pulse, and he knew what was wrong with them. I think the doctor mostly would deduce his findings from their physical presence. The following are some of the attributes of a healthy person. You can find the reasons and cures for all these items in this blog now or in the future.
- Eyes should be shiny and the whites should be white.
- Hair should be shiny.
- Nails should be without white spots, smooth and strong.
- When openning and closing the mouth one should not hear a click.
- When you get up in the morning, your body should be rested and not in pain.
- You should not get up with a headache.
- You should not be tired all the time.
- You should be able to sleep very well at night.
- You have to eliminate at least once a day(some say three times!!).The eliminations have to stay on top of the water, not to sink in the bottom. It should be thick and not cut up in very small pieces.
- The color of your urine should be light, clear and not cloudy. (If you have certain foods or vitamins, the strong urine color is normal when you eat these foods)
- The color of your tongue should be a nice flesh color red.
- You should not have dark colors under your eyes.
- You should not get irritated very easily.
BMI stands for Body Mass Index. It measures the ratio of one's body weight to their height. It also tries to give an idea of the amount of body fat a person has. Two people can have the same BMI but different levels of body fat(because Muscle weighs more than fat). A high percentage of body fat increases the chances of heart disease, Type II diabetes, and cancers. *******************************************