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The healing power of Swiss chard

  1. There are different types of Swiss chard. In organic stores you can buy chard in the good season, in mid-September, which is in fact the tops of beets. The foliage has red colors, just like the tuber. In addition, there is green chard, which is called mangold in German. This strain is slightly different. You can only eat the leaves and not the tuber. Mangold can be cut all year round if it is in a vegetable garden. The plant keeps making new leaves.

Swiss chard in ancient times

  1. Chards were used as medicine by both the ancient Greeks and the ancient Romans. Hippocrates, the founder of modern medicine, recommended Swiss chard for bandaging wounds. In ancient Roman times, Swiss chard was known as an aphrodisiac and laxative. In the Middle Ages, this large-leaved vegetable was known as a medicine for diseases related to the blood and digestion. Another remedy for which Swiss chard was advised is to counteract the breathing air after eating garlic

Nutritional value of Swiss chard

  1. Chards are related to quinoa and spinach. Swiss chard contains a lot of vitamins. A guideline has been drawn up for the value of the vitamins, indicating the minimum values. This guideline, the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA)

Minerals in Swiss chard

  1. Iron is the mineral most commonly found in Swiss chard: 22.5% of the RDI. Swiss chard contains 20% of the RDI of copper and magnesium. Manganese is also abundantly present in this leafy vegetable with 16% of the RDI. Sodium contains 14% of the RDI. There is also potassium (8% RDA), phosphorus (6% RDA) and calcium

Phytonutrients in Swiss Chard

  1. Swiss chard contains more phytonutrients than beets. There is more in the leaves than in the stems. It contains 13 polyphenols including the very healthy kaempferol, isorhamnetin and syringic acid. Kaempferol is also found in broccoli, kale and strawberries, among other things. The very healthy quercetin is a catechol found in chard. Furthermore, there are healthy flavonoids in chard such as lutein, beta-carotene, alpha-carotene and zeaxanthin. These substances all have an anti-inflammatory effect because they are antioxidants. This makes them effective against diseases such as cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes

Diabetes and Swiss chard

  1. Syringic acid in Swiss chard ensures that less sugars are converted into fats. As a result, the blood sugar level remains more stable, which has advantages for diabetes patients. The high fiber content also helps

Eating tips for Swiss chard

  1. Young Swiss chard can be eaten raw as a salad leaf. Wash them under running water as some phytonutrients are water soluble and if you wash them in a container of water, these healthy substances will be lost. Large chard leaves are usually a bit stiff and can be eaten raw, but it is better to cook them briefly. You can cut them into pieces and mix them with mashed potatoes along with fried onions, garlic, pepper and salt.

  2. Young Swiss chard can be eaten raw as a salad leaf. Wash them under running water as some phytonutrients are water soluble and if you wash them in a container of water, these beneficials are lost. Large chard leaves are usually a bit stiff and can be eaten raw, but it is better to cook them briefly. You can cut them into pieces and mix them with mashed potatoes along with fried onions, garlic, pepper and salt.



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