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Low in Calories and Fat
Kale, on its own, contains about 33 calories and less than 1 gram of fat per cup. When you consider that an ounce of potato chips contain 154 calories and 10.3 grams of fat, of which 1.1 grams are saturated, kale chips win. Even if you drizzle a serving of kale chips with a teaspoon of oil, such as olive, you'll only add 40 calories and 4.5 grams of fat, which is still less than that ounce of potato chips.
Excellent Source of Nutrients
Kale contains a wealth of certain nutrients. The leafy green vegetable is a good source of Vitamin C, a nutrient that repairs cartilage and keeps your skin, bones, tendons and ligaments healthy. The dark green color of kale chips also signifies the presence of Vitamin A. Vitamin A is essential for eye health, but it also keeps your skeleton and soft tissues healthy. Kale is also an excellent source of Vitamin K, a vitamin that enables blood to clot normally.
Kale and Your Health
Kale is chock-full of antioxidants. Antioxidants protect your overall health, but they can be particularly beneficial in reducing the risk of cancer, note Michael T. Murray and Joseph E. Pizzorno in their book, "The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods." The antioxidants in kale can also help reduce inflammation in your body; decreased inflammation can help cut your risk of a host of medical conditions such as high cholesterol, arthritis and asthma. Also note that detoxifying properties such as sulfur keep the liver healthy along with a host of other benefits.