Chard or Swiss chard is a green leafy vegetable with stalks that are usually white, or a colourful yellow or red.
Swiss chard taste is slightly bitter, earthy flavour, like other dark leafy greens.
If you cook it, the flavour will become gentle and sweet, you can make with Swiss chard a delicious salad.
Boiling Swiss chard will free up acids and allowing them to leach into the boiling water, this brings out a sweeter taste from the chard. Discard the boiling water after cooking.
Swiss chard Health Benefits:
- Bone health: Swiss chard has a significant amount of calcium, magnesium and vitamin K, which important for healthy bones.
- Regulate blood sugar levels: Syringic acid is one of the unique flavonoids found in Swiss chard, inhibits the activity of a specific enzyme named alpha-glucosidase, which maintain stable blood sugar levels in the body and prevent sugar peaks.
- A powerhouse of nutrients.
|Swiss chard nutrition facts|
|Total lipid (fat)||g||0.20|
|Carbohydrate, by difference||g||3.74|
|Fiber, total dietary||g||1.6|
|Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid||mg||30.0|
|Vitamin A, RAE||µg||306|
|Vitamin A, IU||IU||6116|
|Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol)||mg||1.89|
|Vitamin D (D2 + D3)||µg||0.0|
|Vitamin K (phylloquinone)||µg||830.0|
Swiss chard simple salad
- Swiss Chard
- olive oil
- boiling water
- salt and pepper
Wash the chard and cut the stems from the leaves.
In a large saucepan add boiling water and a little sea salt and cover. Add the chard to the boiling water boil them for 3-5 minutes or until they are just tender. Drain and set aside.
Add lemon and olive oil, salt and freshly ground black pepper.
My name is Pazit, I’m a registered Naturopath N.D. , MNNA (a member of the Naturopathic Nutrition Association), Herbalist, Aromatherapist and Bach Flower remedies therapist based in London.
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