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    Default 8 Vegetables That Are Healthier Than Kale



    It's no stretch to say that the past few years have been all about kale. This once humble vegetable, more used as a plate garnish than anything else, has turned into the ultimate mainstream health food. But other veggies are just as, if not more, nutritious than kale. Read on for some of the vegetables that are healthier than kale.

    Watercress
    Of all the vegetables out there, watercress is the most nutrient-packed per serving. These greens are high in nitrate, which improves oxygen performance during exercise and lowers blood pressure. Watercress contains a bunch of vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin A and beta carotenes. It’s also the best food source of PEITC, a naturally-occurring compound that has been shown to suppress the development of breast cancer. Calorie for calorie, you can’t get any better than watercress.

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    Default Re: 8 Vegetables That Are Healthier Than Kale

    There were some surprises here! Actually, I grow all of the above except Chinese cabbage, and I also grow turnip greens and NZ spinach, which is incredibly productive and never bolts. When I can greens I don't do them separately; I bring in a bushel of mixed greens and combine them before packing in jars. It's the only way I can have access to organic mixed greens all winter long.
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    Be careful with the NZ spinach, as it is high in oxalates. Apparently some of these can be removed with cooking. I used to grow it as a ground cover under trees, as it is very easy to grow.
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    Default Re: 8 Vegetables That Are Healthier Than Kale

    For myself personally, I never would eat any type of spinach or other high oxalate vegetable in its raw state. My preference usually would be to sauté or to stir fry the greens, but steaming or almost any other cooking method would be better than eating them raw in salads.

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    Default Re: 8 Vegetables That Are Healthier Than Kale

    Would the popular baby spinach have high oxalates? People eat this in salads and add to juices.

    Maurya, have you heard of Galilee spinach? Supposed to perform better in warmer climates, though I think it has to be started in cooler weather. I hope to grow some this year - I obtained a few seeds through a seed swap.

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    Never heard of Galilee spinach. I shall inquire tomorrow when I go shopping at the farm stand. We have one called Ethiopian Kale that I really like to eat. It goes by other names, as well, which I have forgotten.

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    I occasionally throw a few raw spinach leaves into a salad or into the juicer, but usually I treat them like any other green — that is, steamed or stir-fried.
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    Maurya, I think you would have to grow your own, it doesn't seem to be well known. Do a Google search - it does sound good.

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    Yesterday I asked the farmer about Galilee Spinach. He had heard of it, but had no interest in growing it. My current favorite is a variety of Ethiopian Kale called Amara. (Amara is the variety that this farmer grows.) It seems to be a relative of mustard greens, and grows well in a tropical climate. Here is an article about it:

    http://www.motherearthnews.com/organ...green-zbcz1501

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    I like the sound of that! I wonder where I could get seeds?

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