Kale, in recent years, has completely taken over the nutritional food and superfood market. I mean, we see it presented in virtually every salad, smoothie, and juice cleanse so naturally, people would assume it is the most nutritious plant in the world. While kale possesses an array of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that many other superfoods we know don’t give, it is not the only option. The moringa plant, which is rapidly gaining popularity, offers a variety of health benefits of it’s own. Do you know which leafy green you should choose when it’s kale or moringa?
Kale is a nutrient-dense, leafy green vegetable closely related to broccoli and Brussel sprouts. It is most prevalent in Europe and the United States and is located in a wide variety of places around the world as well. Kale is a versatile food, can be used in milkshakes and smoothies, can be boiled, eaten raw, steamed, or even used as table dressing, and is available in most supermarkets.
When examining the nutritional aspect of kale, it is known for its high levels of calcium, iron, beta-carotene, and Vitamin C, and is also known to protect against certain cancers as it contains carotenoids and phytochemicals.
In the world of antioxidant-rich, Superfoods, we know that kale has established its role as the go-to veggie. However, Moringa is becoming increasingly popular by day and deserves much more attention. Moringa is a slender tree, grown in subtropical areas in South Asia and has nutrient-dense leaves as well. Moringa leaves can be used in soups, added to curries, or the Moringa powder can be used in milkshakes or to make tea.
In a vast majority of areas, the nutritional profile of kale and Moringa have similarities, Like kale, Moringa contains high levels of calcium, iron, and beta-carotene, but it also carries vitamins A-E, and is complete with all essential amino acids. Moreover, unlike kale, Moringa contains three flavonoids which are studied for their role in the prevention and cure of certain cancers, protection against cardiovascular diseases, and anti-inflammatory properties.
Kale or Moringa?
Moringa provides a better source of plant protein by more than a factor of two. Moringa is also approximately 25% higher in calcium, which is essential for healthy bones and teeth. Kale shows higher levels of fibre and beta-carotene. However, both kale and Moringa contain significantly higher levels of beta-carotene than most vegetables, like carrots which are primarily known for their high Vitamin A content. Both kale and Moringa show high levels of iron, but Moringa does contain roughly 3 x as much iron than kale, and the Moringa powder carries at least 6x more iron than kale. Lastly, Moringa holds more than 2x the amount of B-vitamins than kale.
All in all, Moringa and kale are nutritionally very alike. They both possess significantly higher nutritional content in most, if not all, categories compared to other foods, making them superior. Moringa’s greater levels of iron, protein, and calcium make it a nutritional powerhouse. That, paired with its high concentration of all essential B-vitamins, and amino acids put Moringa in the running for the most nutritional plant in the world. If you have not tried Moringa yet, head on over to our Moring Oleifera Dried Leaf powder and order some now! Throw it in a salad, add it to a smoothie, or mix it into a bowl of oatmeal for an immune system and life cleanse.