8 Surprising Health Benefits of Collard Greens

8 surprising health benefits of collard greens

Collard greens were part of my diet when growing up. My parents are from the southern part of the United States where collard greens are very popular. We call them “greens”. I didn’t like them very much as a child, and to be honest, I’m not crazy about them today. But, I do eat them because I know they are great for my body and the health benefits of collard greens are impressive.

What are those benefits? Below I’ve listed them. I’m sure you’ll find that even though this is a humble plant, it can pack a powerful punch.

What are Collard Greens?

Collard Greens are part of the cruciferous vegetable family. These vegetables are high in nutrients and fiber but low in calories. These types of veggies, (which has sulfur-containing compounds) have cancer-fighting properties.

Collards have blue-green leaves that are broad and smooth. Their leaves aren’t frilly around the edges like mustard greens or kale greens, but they do look very similar. Like many greens, collards are not very expensive as compared to other cruciferous vegetables like broccoli for example.

Okay…on to the benefits.

Promotes Weight Loss
Helps Regulate Blood Sugar
Promotes Estrogen Balance
Contain Cancer-Fighting Compounds
Reduces Inflammation
Prevents Constipation
Promotes Healthy Digestion
Enhances Cardiovascular Health

How to Select Collard Greens

When you go to buy collard greens, look for the ones that have unwilted leaves with no yellowing. They should be deep green. The smaller the leaves, the more tender and mild tasting they are. If possible, buy organically grown greens.

Collard greens can be prepared by sauteeing in broth until tender. Many items can be added to a pot of collard greens to create a delicious dish. When I cook them, I usually add onions, garlic, red pepper flakes, and turkey pieces. Collard greens can also be used in smoothies for a nutrient-dense drink.

Like many cruciferous vegetables, collards are considered goitrogenic. This means they may disrupt the production of thyroid hormones. So if you have thyroid problems, you may want to limit the consumption of collards to one or two servings per day and cook them rather than eat them raw.

Did you know the health benefits of collard greens?  Do you eat them?  If so, how do you prepare them?

Short Version:

Collard Greens are part of the cruciferous vegetable family.

Collards have blue-green leaves that are broad. Their leaves aren’t frilly around the edges like kale greens, but they do look similar. Collards are not expensive, but they are loaded with many beneficial properties.

Promotes weight loss and estrogen balance, regulates blood sugar, has cancer-fighting compounds, reduces inflammation, helps with digestive issues, enhances cardiovascular health, among other benefits.

When you buy collard greens, look for the ones that have unwilted leaves and no yellowing. If possible, buy organically grown greens.

Collard greens can be prepared by sauteeing in broth until tender. Collard greens can also be used in smoothies for a nutrient-dense drink.

If you have thyroid problems, you may want to limit how much and how frequently you eat collards. And you may want to eat them cooked instead of raw.

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