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15 Reasons Why Kale Is The New Beef

It's 2017 and a vegetable has taken over the crown as the "the new beef." Kale is a superfood turned into a super-trend. The U.S. is in a kale craze over a vegetable – and for good reason. Here are 15 benefits of adding kale into your diet:

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1. Kale is one of the most nutritious foods on the planet

One cup of chopped kale contains:* Calcium: Nine percent of the daily value (DV)* Copper: 10 percent DV* Potassium: Nine percent DV* Magnesium: Six percent DV* Manganese: 26 percent DV* Vitamin A: 206 percent DV* Vitamin C: 134 percent DV* Vitamin K: 684 percent DVCompare that to the nutrients in beef:* Calcium: One percent DV* Copper: 10 percent DV* Potassium: Seven percent DV* Magnesium: Six percent DV* Manganese: One percent DV* Vitamin A: Zero percent DV* Vitamin C: Zero percent DV* Vitamin K: One percent DV
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One cup of chopped kale contains:

* Calcium: Nine percent of the daily value (DV)

* Copper: 10 percent DV

* Potassium: Nine percent DV

* Magnesium: Six percent DV

* Manganese: 26 percent DV

* Vitamin A: 206 percent DV

* Vitamin C: 134 percent DV

* Vitamin K: 684 percent DV

Compare that to the nutrients in beef:

* Calcium: One percent DV

* Copper: 10 percent DV

* Potassium: Seven percent DV

* Magnesium: Six percent DV

* Manganese: One percent DV

* Vitamin A: Zero percent DV

* Vitamin C: Zero percent DV

* Vitamin K: One percent DV

2. It makes for a delicious dessert

Who said ice cream can't be good for you? Chessie's Kale Chips proves it's possible to create a healthy, delicious dessert. www.chessieskalechips.com
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Who said ice cream can't be good for you? Chessie's Kale Chips proves it's possible to create a healthy, delicious dessert. www.chessieskalechips.com

3. Kale is a powerful detox food

While you can detox from beef, LIVESTRONG.COM says it can cause adverse health risks.Kale is a natural detoxifier.
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While you can detox from beef, LIVESTRONG.COM says it can cause adverse health risks.

Kale is a natural detoxifier.

4. Kale is good for the heart.

Kale is a great anti-inflammatory food. Beef, if high in fat, can increase the risk of heart disease.
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Kale is a great anti-inflammatory food. Beef, if high in fat, can increase the risk of heart disease.

5. Kale contains cancer-fighting substances

Kale is a cruciferous vegetable. Compounds in cruciferous veggies have been found to inhibit the development of cancer and protect cells from DNA damage. Processed beef has been classified by the World Health Organization as a probable cause of cancer.
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Kale is a cruciferous vegetable. Compounds in cruciferous veggies have been found to inhibit the development of cancer and protect cells from DNA damage. Processed beef has been classified by the World Health Organization as a probable cause of cancer.

6. It can be made into crispy, savory chips of many flavors

Kale chips have all the crunch and flavor you would find in a regular chip, but without the calories and fats. Beef chips, or beef jerky can't compete with the nutritional value of kale.
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Kale chips have all the crunch and flavor you would find in a regular chip, but without the calories and fats. Beef chips, or beef jerky can't compete with the nutritional value of kale.

7. It's low in calories

One chopped cup of kale is only 33 calories! A cup of lean ground beef is 578 calories.
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One chopped cup of kale is only 33 calories! A cup of lean ground beef is 578 calories.

8. It contains more calcium than a container of milk

Moooove over cows! Kale contains more calcium per calorie than milk and it's easier for the body to absorb.
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Moooove over cows! Kale contains more calcium per calorie than milk and it's easier for the body to absorb.

9. Kale is more sustainable than beef

It takes 18-24 months, 16 pounds of grain and more than 2,400 gallons of water to raise one pound of beef. Kale grows to maturity in less than two months and is easy to grow in most climates!
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It takes 18-24 months, 16 pounds of grain and more than 2,400 gallons of water to raise one pound of beef. Kale grows to maturity in less than two months and is easy to grow in most climates!

10. It is rich in essential omega fats

Essential Omega fatty acids are important for your health, unlike the saturated fats in beef.
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Essential Omega fatty acids are important for your health, unlike the saturated fats in beef.

11. Kale is easier to break down that beef is

The body uses more metabolic resources to break down beef. Kale is much less complex and breaks down easily.

12. It protects your eyes

Kale helps prevent degeneration in your eyes.
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Kale helps prevent degeneration in your eyes.

13. Kale can reduce acne

The superfood is high in acne-fighting antioxidants.
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The superfood is high in acne-fighting antioxidants.

14. The Queen (Queen Bey) is a kale groupie

15. You don't HAVE to cook it (but you can)

You can't eat beef raw!
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You can't eat beef raw!

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