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Cauliflower vs. Kale: Which is the Better Superfood?

 

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We have here an epic battle of the chic superfoods with newcomer cauliflower taking on the reigning kale. Cauliflower has risen through the vegetable ranks over the past year, but it’s time to find out if this pale vegetable can dethrone kale.

Calories (per 100 grams)

Cauliflower: 25
Kale: 49

 

Taste and Consistency

Cauliflower: With a taste more like a nutty cabbage and a texture unmistakably like broccoli, cauliflower can be a bit trippy on the first bite. Similarly to broccoli, it can also take on the taste of many sauces and spices, depending on how it’s prepared.
Kale: Even rubbed kale is reminiscent of that one time you were dared to eat grass in elementary school. It takes considerable effort to chew and only starts to lose its bitter aftertaste when cooked.

 

What’s Killing You

Both: Over-consumption of cruciferous vegetables, especially raw, can result in hyperthyroidism in those susceptible to the disease.

 

What’s Making You Stronger

Cauliflower: Pantothenic acid, or Vitamin B5, is significantly higher in cauliflower which helps mobilize fat and lower LDL cholesterol. While we’re in the B family, it’s important to note that cauliflower provides twice as much folate, a vitamin needed to create red blood cells.

Kale: Unparalleled in Vitamin A and K content, kale is making sure our skin stays youthful and our blood is clotting (it’s the little things). Its high calcium content does wonders for your bones and the antioxidants in these leafy greens may prevent certain cancers.

 

Versatility

Cauliflower: Bake them, mash them, make dough out of them, use them as rice substitutes — cauliflower florets are proving to be the all-star chameleons of the brassica world. Their subtle taste lends them to a wide variety of uses.

Kale: Often used in salads, juices, soups, and casseroles, kale has also found itself used in innovative ways such as the notorious kale chip. The texture, however, often mars kale’s ability to adapt to different recipes.

 

Winner: Cauliflower

Though it’s not as nutrient-dense as its cousin, it’s far easier to work more cauliflower into your meals. With a gentler flavor, it appeals to a considerably wider population. Kale may be a bit stronger on the antioxidant front, but cauliflower’s effect on cholesterol makes it much more diet-friendly. Don’t be afraid to mix the two. After all, it’s all in the family.

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7 Facts That Make Quinoa A True ‘Superfood’

 

Good for you; hard to pronounce. That’s about all we knew about quinoa before trying to discover more. Sure, it’s a “Superfood,” but like any beloved superhero, they have a compelling backstory. From the origins of its name to space travel, learn about this mysterious grain (or is it really a grain?!).

 

Quinoa Means Mother Of All Grain

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Its translation comes from the Spanish spelling of “quechua” in the Inca language. Literally, it is “mother of all grain.” Incans considered it to be sacred. But quinoa isn’t really a grain; it is technically a seed. It’s part of the goosefoot family, making it related to beets, spinach… and tumbleweeds?!

 

Quinoa Pumps You Up With Nutrients

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Quinoa’s earned the “superfood” nickname, because of its nutrient-dense attributes. According to the USDA, one cup of cooked quinoa has 2.8 grams of iron, or 15% of your daily recommended intake. That is four times the amount of iron per serving than brown rice. It also has 10 times more folate, a nutrient women have a difficult time finding.

 

It Can Take The Heat And The Cold

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80% of the world’s quinoa is grown in South America, specifically in the areas of Peru and Bolivia. Quinoa is a highly adaptable crop. It can be grown from sea level to an altitude of 4,000 meters, and can withstand temperatures from minus eight to 38-degrees Celsius. If you grew a plant at home, its leaves could make for a nutritious side dish.

 

Hair Can Benefit From Quinoa, Too!

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When you consume quinoa, you’re ‘cleaning’ hair follicles with vegetable protein. Its nine amino acids protect hair shafts, strengthening and even repairing damaged hair. This also reduces dry scalp and dandruff. Thanks to those proteins, split ends are treated and balanced by the natural oil production. Early quinoa farmers have been known to reserve water for later use as a natural shampoo.

 

Quinoa’s Coating Is A Natural Bird And Pest Repellent

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We rinse quinoa in cold water to remove its natural, waxy coating called saponin, which can make it taste bitter. This outer layer acts as a natural pest and bird deterrent. Then cook it as you would rice. Be wary of purchasing products made of quinoa flour, though. They are typically refined and do not possess the same health benefits of consuming whole grain, errrm, seed.

 

Other Countries Drink Their Quinoa

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Chicha is a Central and South American commonly consumed beverage. Typically made of corn, quinoa is also used. Served to visitors and during social gatherings, its taste varies depending on which country you’re in, and whether it’s been fermented (akin to beer) or not. We say don’t question it, and drink up. Cheers!

 

NASA Has Served Quinoa For Long-Duration Manned Spaceflights

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With zero cholesterol and the most nutrients per 100 calories, the gluten-free super seed is a preferred food at Cape Canaveral. The World Health Organization even equates its protein levels to that found in milk. It not only does a body good, but quinoa nourishes astronauts to infinity and beyond!

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Scientists Discovered Cockroach “Milk” And It’s Healthy AF

Would you like some cockroach with your milk?

Yes, cockroach milk is a thing and the internet is freaking out about it, rightfully so.

Well, it’s 2016 and Donald Trump is a presidential candidate so I’m inclined to believe this one to be true. Nothing is shocking in this world anymore.

According to FWx and Science Alert, when mama cockroaches have baby cockroaches, they secrete a crystal-like protein substance that is quite nutrient-dense and provides a large source of energy. This “milk” is specific to a certain species of cockroach that gives birth to live young.

“The fact that an insect produces milk is pretty fascinating – but what fascinated researchers is the fact that a single one of these protein crystals contains more than three times the amount of energy found in an equivalent amount of buffalo milk (which is also higher in calories then dairy milk).” -Science Alert

I mean, we eat crickets and we’ve tried just about every other kind of milk out there from goat’s milk (and apparently buffalo milk) to almond and coconut milk. It’s only natural that it becomes the next type of “milk” that turns into a health fad. But these health claims are backed by scientists in India that are calling it a superfood so it can’t be that crazy, can it?

Have you heard about Cockroach Milk? 🍶 I kid you not 😳 #CockroachMilk #Cockroach #Milk

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The article by FWx indicates that this is more likely to be a supplement for people who already have a hard time getting nutrients:

“The nutrient-rich, protein-dense food is probably best suited for people who are already struggling to get enough calories to begin with.” -FXw

People on Twitter are having a field day with this, as they should, since it’s a pretty polarizing topic:

The finding proves to be too overwhelming for Wendy:

We’re with you John:

Let’s just hope Starbucks doesn’t come out with a Roach Milk Macchiato any time soon.

 

 

Source: FXw, Science Alert

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Why You May Want To Take The Kale Kraze With A Grain Of Salt

Several years ago, the American Kale Association hired Oberon Sinclair, the founder of a boutique public relations agency, joining the ranks of brands like Hermes and Vivienne Westwood. Around the same time, I had finally tricked adult me into liking spinach. Suddenly, for me, and after extensive work by Sinclair and her team, kale started replacing spinach on menus. Needless to say, we had very different feelings about the matter.

Long before the trend reached the critical mass it currently holds, I tried a kale salad because everyone was doing it, and I didn’t pay attention to after-school specials. Fourteen years of chewing through the undeniable taste of dirt later, I finally finished that salad and was wildly unimpressed. I could not comprehend how this leafy vegetable went from diner garnish and Pizza Hut buffet decoration to glorified superfood.

No one’s tricking you; kale is great for your health.

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An average kale salad serves up at least twice your daily recommended intake of Vitamins A and C and nearly 10 times more Vitamin K1 than you need. If you want to live forever, medical journals are now crawling with evidence that kale’s your magical elixir. Those antioxidants will save your organs, memory and even write your history paper… as long as you don’t ask too many questions.

You’re probably eating more raw kale than your body can handle.

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I’m not talking about a casual kale eater; this is for the committed juicers and punny Kale shirt owners who have a “kale guy” at a farmer’s market two towns over. If you eat kale every single day, especially raw, you’re doing as much harm as you are fighting cancer/obesity/a case of the Mondays.

I won’t scare you about oxalates causing kidney stones since most greens worth a damn carry about the same risk level. That overload of Vitamin K, however, can be detrimental to people taking blood thinners or similar medications due to its clotting properties. Raw kale messes with the body’s ability to absorb iodine, which can result in hyperthyroidism after extensive exposure. But, you know, goiters can be sexy, right?

Don’t throw out your kale, cook it.

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Look, stop rubbing your kale in oil for ten minutes to “release the flavors” and just throw it into a skillet. Though there’s been some fear mongering across the board, scientists and doctors can universally agree that no one should eat raw kale more than once a week. So, bake them, steam them, fry them—whatever you need to do to keep your withdrawal symptoms at bay.

More importantly, stop making kale your end-all, be-all salvation and round out your diet with chard, broccoli, and the ever-dependable spinach. Variety is the spice of life, especially when that variety does not taste like a compost pile.

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A Painless Guide to 20 Superfoods and What They Actually Do [Infographic]

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What the heck are super foods? They’re the foods we should be eating to stay healthy, but when dishes like ramen bun grilled cheese sandwiches exist, they’re pretty easy to pass over. If you ever find yourself in this sort of pickle, this infographic makes it simpler than ever to discern superfoods from grease bombs.

Blueberries, for example, are cancer-fighters and they’re full of fiber. What about kale? Bet you didn’t know the vegetable has more iron than beef and more vitamin C than an orange! And chia seeds are the super super food; just one tablespoon has more fatty acids than salmon, more calcium than a glass of milk and even more antioxidants than blueberries. BOOM!

Check out even more awesome superfood facts below.

Superfood Guide

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Science Says Cheese Prevents Cavities, Proves Cheese Can Do No Wrong

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We’ve always believed that cheese can solve any problem. Didn’t get that job you wanted? Cheese. The love of your life dumped you? Cheese. You keep waking up from nightmares where all of your teeth have fallen out? Cheese, cheese, cheese.

But actually though, cheese will save your teeth and prevent you from turning into this:

A new study published in the Journal of the Academy of General Dentistry suggests that stuffing your face with cheese (and other dairy products) can help protect your tooth enamel and cut down on cavities. This is super good news for those of us who like our teeth to be in nice, shiny good health instead of riddled with the acid-induced cavities that happen when you eat too many other delicious things (sugar, for example). And because the universe is a wonderful place, turns out that drinking red wine also kills the bacteria that cause cavities.

So basically, every wine and cheese party you have is a battle against enamel erosion and eventual toothlessness. Tell your dentist to thank us later.

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Science Says Avocado Eaters Do It Better, Or Something Like That

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Let’s face it, you’ve always known that avocado is a superfood. Is there any other substance that you can put in your mouthon your face, and in your hair and still have enough left over to make something as delicious as guacamole? Didn’t think so. And just in case you needed more incentive to stuff your face with creamy green goodness, Greatist is reporting a whole new set of reasons to love the avocado.

Apparently, a recently released study that focused on dietary and exercise habits found that eating avocados is tied to better overall health, higher quality diets, and less added sugar consumption. The study compared the dietary habits of 17,567 U.S. adults and found that the participants who ate any avocado at all had more positive health indicators (such as lower BMI waist circumference, and body weight) than their avocado-less counterparts. They also consumed significantly more fruits and vegetables and took in higher levels of vitamins and nutrients.

It’s worth noting that this study was sponsored by the Hass Avocado Board, which just happens to cover all domestic and imported Hass avocados sold in the U.S. market. Because no study based on thousands of dollars of commercial interest could ever be biased . . .right?

H/T + PicThx to Greatist