For a few years now the health food community has been absolutely raving about leafy greens, with a special focus on kale. And there’s good reason for that: kale, which is widely available and can be added to just about any type of dish (from sandwiches to soups and sauces), is absolutely packed with components that help regulate blood sugar levels, fight off cancer, improve the immune system, and fend off heart disease. And, like other leafy greens, it has virtually no calories or fat.
But kale isn’t the only star of the leafy green show. Health aficionados should also be familiar with swiss chard, a visually stunning green that typically features red or purple highlights (primarily because it’s closely related to beets). Like kale it’s a veritable super food, but what makes it so special and why should you consider buying this along with or even instead of kale?
1. Swiss Chard has Been Noshed for Centuries
Here’s a quick tip for those looking to eat right and get in shape: try to gravitate towards foods that have been eaten for a long, long time (like fruits and vegetables) rather than foods that were invented in a laboratory in the past fifty years or so (like packaged snacks).
Swiss chard has been consumed for centuries and has been a major ingredient in Mediterranean dishes during that time (in fact, history shows us it was first eaten in Sicily). You may recall that the Mediterranean diet, which involves a lot of fish, olive oil, fruits and vegetables, is currently one of the most popular avenues for losing weight and getting in shape.