The Health Benefits of Collard Greens

This cabbage-family vegetable is a staple of Southern cooking. It has a flavor that is a cross between cabbage and kale. Collard greens are native to the Mediterranean and were popular with both the ancient Greeks and Romans. This is the ultimate “leafy green vegetable” that is usually sold as a loose bunch of leaves, though you can get it frozen as well. Here are some of the health benefits of collard greens.

  • One cup of collard greens provides almost the same amount of calcium as 8 ounces of milk. It also contains a whopping 5 grams of fiber!
  • Collard greens are great sources of magnesium, phosphorous, vitamin A, vitamin K, and vitamin C.
  • These vegetables contain significant sources of lutein and zeaxanthin, two carotenoids that are outstanding for eye health.
  • Collard greens have sulfur-containing phytonutrients have been shown to prevent cancer.
  • If you are concerned with building or maintaining strong, healthy bones, be sure to eat lots of collard greens. They are a dairy-free alternative for those seeking foods rich in calcium. They are also a great source of folic acid and vitamin B6.
  • The stems of collard greens contain more fiber than the leaves.

References

Mateljan, G. (2007). The Worlds Healthiest Foods. Seattle, WA: George Mateljan Foundation.