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Callaloo (sometimes Kallaloo, Callaloo)
is a popular Caribbean vegetable dish. There are many variants
across the Caribbean, depending on the availability of local
vegetables. The main ingredient is an indigenous leaf vegetable,
traditionally Amaranth or African Spinach.
Since the leaf vegetable used in some regions may be locally
called "Callaloo" or "Callaloo Bush"
"Dasheen Leaves", some confusion can arise among
the vegetables and with the dish itself. This, as is the
case with many other Caribbean dishes, is a remnant of West
Information sourced from wikipedia.org
There are a range of benefits to eating callaloo on a regular basis.
Before diving into the benefits, let’s take a look at some
basic nutritional information.
Nutrition Facts of Callaloo:
Without taking into account other ingredients, one cup of callaloo
cooked in water has:
9g carbs (3% DV)
3g dietary fiber (21% DV)
4g of protein
308% vitamin A
58% Vitamin C
1045% Vitamin K
That is what you call a plant packed with nutrients! If you take
a close look, one cup of Callaloo is low in calories and carbohydrates,
has no fat or cholesterol, and has significant amounts of fiber,
protein and vitamins and minerals.
How can Callaloo benefit your health?
Reduces risk of diseases like diabetes and heart disease
Hundreds of studies have focused on how an increased consumption
of plant foods, like callaloo, throughout your lifetime can lead
to a decreased risk of chronic diseases that could shorten your
lifespan. This is due primarily to the fact that it is nutrient-dense,
but energy-light. In other words, it is because it delivers a range
of nutrients that contribute to overall health and well being, while
not contributing significantly to caloric intake.
Helps to prevent bone fractures
If you glace at the nutrition facts again, you will notice that
one cup of callaloo has a whopping 1045% daily value of vitamin
K. People who experience vitamin K deficiency are also more likely
to be at risk for bone fracture because it may reduce the excretion
of calcium while improving its absorption into the bone, and because
it may help to strengthen the bone matrix.
Helps to prevent Cancer
Nutritionists have known for years that consuming cruciferous vegetables,
like callaloo, on a regular basis is associated with a lower risk
of several types of cancers. This includes:
And pancreatic cancer
Callaloo, particularly, has high amounts of chlorophyll, which
might help to block the carcinogenic effects of compounds found
in grilled foods.
Healthy Skin and Hair
Callaloo has tons of vitamin A, which helps to keep your hair moisturized.
It also helps to renew skin and hair so that you can keep that healthy
glow and shine. Callaloo also has a significant amount of vitamin
C, which helps to maintain collagen in your skin and hair, and iron,
which can help to prevent hair loss.
Information sourced from www.foodiwant.com