1 cup=11 Calories
Collard greens are a dark green cabbage-like plant rich in vitamins, phytonutrients and cancer preventing agents. They are traditionally a staple in southern American cuisine. Extremely low in calories is boasts only 30 calories per 100g. With no cholesterol this vegetable has both soluble and insoluble dietary fiber good for controlling LDL cholesterol levels. The dietary fiber offers protection againsthemorrhoids, constipation and colon cancer diseases as well. The presence of di-indolyl methane (DIM) and sulforaphane are said to help build anti-cancer cells aiding in prostate, breast, cervical, colon, ovarian cancers. Collard greens also are abundant in vitamin K providing 426% of the daily recommendation helping prevent neural damage in the brain. Rich in vitamin A and C as well collard greens havevaluable anti-oxidants that fight free radicals, infections and help bolster healthy skin, mucus membranes and vision. With nearly half of the recommended amount of folates, collard greens are also good for expectant mothers due to its DNA synthesis qualities. Collard greens also provide vital b-complex and minerals such as calcium and iron to the diet.
VITAMINS A, C, K: A very good source
PHYTONUTRIENTS: A great source
FIBER: A good source of soluble and insoluble fiber
MINERALS: Calcium and iron