Kale superfood project
What nutrients are in your superfood, and what do they do?
I chose kale for my superfood. In kale, the two nutrients that I focused on are calcium and thiamin (also known as vitamin B1.) Kale contains 40 grams of calcium and 12.320 grams of thiamin. Kale also happens to contain iron, magnesium, zinc, sodium, Vitamin K and A (IU), and many more healthy nutrients. Most of these nutrients do a good job of blood clotting. Calcium’s role is not only to keep the bones healthy and strong, but it helps send messages to the brain and activates muscles. The problem with calcium is that your body cannot produce any calcium by itself. This is why it is important to eat foods that contain a lot of calcium, such as kale. Without calcium, our bones will become very weak and can become injured quicker. Also, it can prevent blood clotting, and that means that if a blood vessel is injured, you can lose a lot more blood than your body needs. Thiamin is a type of vitamin b, and vitamin b converts nutrients into energy. Thiamin is a good vitamin to eat before you exercise.
What are some other foods that contain those nutrients?
I compared bok choi (Chinese cabbage) with kale because they both have around the same amount of calcium. They both contain 40 grams of calcium. However, even though kale does not have more calcium, bok choi specializes in calcium, and kale is too good that he has the power of tying with the “special calcium food”, and exceeding with more nutrients such as vitamin a and b. I also compared kale with rice. White rice has 0.115 grams of Thiamine, and kale has 12.320 grams. The reason I picked white rice over any other food with thiamine in it was because white rice has many similarities with kale, such as calcium and carbohydrates. However, white rice has 28 grams of carbohydrates, and kale has 11 grams, but considering that kale is not a wheat, it has a lot of carbohydrates for being a vegetable. Not only are some of the nutrients equal, so is the price. A normal serving of rice costs $2.44, when a batch of kale costs $2.49.
What are some issues with kale?
Kale is super healthy, and contains lots of nutrients, but I admit it is not the taste for someone under the age of 13. Personally, when I was 9 and my mom put kale on my plate, I would always avoid it because of the bitter taste and the weird feeling it leaves in your mouth. I know this is not just me who thinks this, because the same thing applied to my sister and friends. Kale tastes best if they are fried and turned into kale chips with a little bit of salt.
What is wrong with the term “superfood”?
I Do not think there is such thing as a superfood because every food has it’s ups and downs. Even though kale is very healthy, some other foods that are considered “superfoods” are not very super. Bananas are considered superfoods, and there are many more foods that are healthier than bananas. The term is used for marketing. I would recommend eating kale chips over kale, because younger kids would enjoy eating it, and it would still contain the same amount of nutrients. I would choose kale over bok choi, but i would choose rice over kale because it contains more nutrients that are necessary for survival, such as carbohydrates.
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