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Food of the Week . . . Collard Greens

Food of the Week . . . Collard Greens

Collard greensDid you know that one cup of cooked collard greens will provide you with almost as much calcium as a cup of milk? Milk products are often considered the best source of calcium, so you may be surprised to find that while one cup of 2% milk provides 29% of the daily value (297 mg) for calcium, one cup of cooked collard greens contains almost as much: 23% of the daily value (226 mg)! And the collard greens have less than half the calories of the milk (50 calories compared to 121) with virtually no fat. Calcium is known primarily for its role in maintaining the strength and density of bones, but recent studies have shown that it is also important in helping to protect colon cells from cancer-causing chemicals, preventing migraine headaches, and reducing PMS symptoms during the second half of the menstrual cycle. Since the body tightly controls the amount of calcium in the blood, so sufficient calcium is always available for its many essential roles in our bodies, when dietary intake is too low, calcium is pulled out of the bones to maintain normal blood concentrations. This is why low dietary intake of calcium can, over many years, promote osteoporosis. So, next time you are wondering how to boost your calcium intake, don’t just think milk, think collard greens! Read More

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