A Super Food for Gut Health
Recently I have become very interested in good gut health and how it can affect everything from your mood to disease risk. One of the most effective ways to improve gut health is ensuring you get enough fibre in your diet and that’s where one of my favourite greens comes into play.
Kale is a wonderful superfood that pairs fantastically with BEEF and is great for your gut biome – among other things. The Ancient Greeks used it as a cure for drunkenness. They boiled up Kale and drank the water to sober themselves up. It’s not clear if it was effective at all though!
Whether or not it’s any good as a hangover cure, it is being heralded as one of the superfoods. A serving of kale has more vitamin C than an orange and more calcium than a pint of milk and when combined with beef you get a balanced meal that provides a range of nutrients and fibre that is essential for good gut health.
One way to prepare this combination is by grilling a steak and serving it in a hearty kale salad. Toss the kale leaves with a dressing made from olive oil and apple cider vinegar, which can help improve the digestion and absorption of nutrients from the salad. You can also include other gut-friendly ingredients such as sliced avocado, cherry tomatoes, and shredded carrots.
There are more than 50 varieties of kale and at one time it was so ubiquitous in Scotland at that the word ‘kale’ was used interchangeably with the word ‘food’. Not all varieties are readily available but kale’s ‘cousin’ Cavel Nero should be readily available and makes an excellent substitute.