Collard, also known as collard greens, like many other leafy green vegetables is a biennial plant which grows in tropical and subtropical regions. Collards have large, broad, flat, smooth leaves and is often mistaken for kale due to its color and shape. The health benefits of collard greens is amazing, which we will be covering below.
The exact origin of collard greens to date is unknown, but history places it way back to the 1600s along with an unproven belief that it originated is the eastern Mediterranean. Collard greens is a very close member of the cabbage family and is also known as tree cabbage or non-heading cabbage.
Scientific Name: Brassica Oleracea
Nutritional facts of a 100 g of collard greens
- Calories – 32
- Potassium – 213 mg
- Total carbs – 5 g
- Dietary fiber – 4 g
- Protein – 3 g
- Vitamin A – 100 %
- Vitamin C – 58 %
- Calcium – 23 %
- Vitamin B-6 – 10 %
- Iron – 2 %
- Magnesium – 6 %
Health benefits of collard greens
Like cabbage , collard greens is a cruciferous vegetable and has many health benefits. According to numerous medical studies, consuming collard greens frequently may help prevent, treat or even cure the following health problems.
- Lowers the risk of lung cancer
- Lowers the risk of Colorectal Cancer
- Helps fight against prostate cancer cells
- Helps fight against melanoma, esophageal and pancreatic cancers
- May help prevent or treat type 1 diabetes
- Helps Lower blood glucose levels
- Prevents stress
- Increase insulin sensitivity
- Prevents constipation
- Promotes healthy digestive tract
- Improves skin texture
- Helps with sleep and memory
- Reduces inflammation
- Helps treat depression
Side effects of collard greens
Collard greens contains vitamin k which plays a crucial role in blood clotting, therefore people that are on blood thinning medications should be careful when consuming vitamin k rich foods.
Facts about collard greens.
- Collard greens produces a dry fruit which splits to release numerous small seeds.
- Collard greens is a rich source of dietary fiber, vitamin B9, C, A, & K along with men wraps such as iron, calcium, copper, Manganese and selenium.
- A 100 g of collard greens contains only 30 calories
- Smaller collard green leaves are more tender and sweet.
- Collard greens have a relatively good shelf life and can be stored up to 4 days in a refrigerator.
- Collard greens can also be used as juice mixed with other complementing greens, fruits and herbs.