Like most families, we have our share of picky eaters. I’m sure you know what I mean, and if you don’t, count yourself blessed. Despite my best efforts, somewhere around the age of 8 or 9 years old, my boys adopted the philosophy that “if it’s green, it’s yucky!” Boo to that, so I’ve been on a mission to counter it with … “greens are great!”
That’s why Swiss chard is one of my favorite foods to supercharge my family’s nutrition. Personally, I’ve found that its mild flavor makes it the perfect green to introduce to those picky eaters in your family since chard does not have the strong, slightly bitter aftertaste typical of other healthy greens.
Health Benefits of Swiss Chard
Yet, as mild as chard may be in taste, it’s a strong powerhouse of nutrition. In fact, the wide variety of phytonutrients in chard is easily recognized by its vibrant-colored stalks and veins, as well as its dark green leaves. These phytonutrients work in tandem with chard’s excellent nutritional profile to provide a host of benefits for the body, including:
• Antioxidant and Anti-Inflammatory Benefits: Chard offers a unique mix of both conventional antioxidants (in the form of vitamins C, E and A) and more than a dozen phytonutrient-based antioxidants, which are key in helping the body to reduce inflammation and fight oxidative stress.
• Blood Sugar Benefits: Multiple studies have shown that the rich phytonutrients in chard help the body’s blood sugar-regulating system.
• Supports Bone Health: Chard is a good source of calcium and an excellent source of magnesium and vitamin K, making it an outstanding dietary choice for bone support.