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Which is better for you, kale or spinach?

I love kale and eat it daily, either raw in a salad or cook it with eggs for breakfast. However, this has caused me to stop eating spinach, since I buy bags of chopped kale instead of bags of spinach. Which one is healthier?

Dr. Gourmet Says...


I would be hard pressed to say whether kale is better than spinach or vice versa. Both are fantastic for you. They are low in calories and have lots of great vitamins, including Vitamin C and Vitamin K. Kale does have about twice as much fiber as spinach, so it might "win" in a "battle of the greens."

Here are some kale recipes to add to your repertoire:
Kale with Nutmeg and Honey
White Bean Soup with Kale
Kale Salad with Pumpkin Seeds
Farfalle with Kale and Roast Chicken
Asian Kale Salad
Risotto with Pancetta and Kale

Timothy S. Harlan, MD, FACP
Dr. Gourmet