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Kale – Good for You and Your Digestive Tract

photo of kale salad in white bowl on wooden table | GI NorthKale is an increasingly popular vegetable that can be used in a variety of ways such as in salad, soup or steamed. As well, this hearty vegetable can be found in chips and crackers. With thorough research, studies show that kale is not a “new” food after all. In fact, has been a food served in many cultures since Roman times. And conferring too many health professionals, kale is a great superfood that is rich in vitamins and health giving properties. According to WebMD, the dark and leafy green has just 33 calories per cup and offers a plethora of benefits:

  • About 3 grams of protein
  • High in vitamins A, C, and K
  • A lot of fiber content that keeps you feeling full
  • Contains alpha-linolenic acid (an omega-3 fatty acid)
  • Rich in folate (an important nutrient for brain development)
  • Has zeaxanthin and lutein to guard against macular degeneration
  • Nearly 2.5 grams of fiber (helps with digestion and managing blood sugar)
  • High in minerals such as calcium, potassium, phosphorus, manganese and zinc

High in Digestive Fiber

Kale is very rich in fiber making it easy to digest. This healthy green can also help combat irregular bowel movements and constipation. And since it has minimal calories and high nutrition, it is a great food to add to any weight-loss diet plan. In addition, kale improves your metabolism and help hydrate the body.

Gastrointestinal Problems

Kale contains glucosinolate isothiocyanate (ITC) which fights the growth of helicobacter pylori; bacteria in the stomach lining that may cause gastric cancer. However, some researchers suggest that consuming high amounts of kale may cause gastrointestinal problems. Specialists feel this is because the vegetable contains sorbitol which is a type of sugar that is hard to digest. Some of the issues associated with the over consumption of kale include gas, diarrhea, bloating and stomach cramps.

On the contrary, Medical News Today stated that kale far surpasses spinach when it comes to nutrients. In fact, it supports healthy skin and bones plus a healthy digestion system. Not only does kale prevent constipation but it aids in regularity. So if you have difficulty digesting kale, slightly steam it instead of eating it raw. This may eliminate any digestive problems that can be caused by kale. For other concerns, contact a specialist.

GI North

If you have any questions or concerns about your digestion tract, contact GI North. We have a highly trained staff and two leading gastroenterologis, Dr. Cofrancesco and Dr. Quijano.

Affiliated with Northside Hospital Forsyth, GI North utilizes the latest diagnostic technology in the area like screening for colon cancer, colonoscopy and upper endoscopy. Open five days a week and conveniently located in the metro Atlanta communities of Georgia including Alpharetta, Canton, Dahlonega, Dawsonville, Duluth, Johns Creek, Milton and Suwanee.

Whether you suffer from digestive issues or have concerns about digestive symptoms such as stomach ulcers, abdominal pain or heartburn, the professional team at GI North can help. In fact, both Dr. Cofrancesco and Dr. Quijano are renowned for their academic achievements as well as being recipients of several prestigious medical awards. Dr. Quijano has won the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Crystal Award for both or both Gender Research and Diversity Minority Research. Dr. Cofrancesco earned the Springfield Academic Achievement Award plus gained entrance into the Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society

If you suffer from any type of digestive or gastric distress, contact GI North at 404.446.0600 to schedule an appointment.

Note: This article is not intended to take the place of professional medical advice. If you have any concerns or questions about digestive issues, contact GI North or your physician.

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