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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

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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

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.

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.

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!

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.

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