One of the dark, leafy greens that nutritionists frequently recommend, Swiss chard is similar to spinach, kale and collard greens. Tall and leafy with a crunchy stalk, chard is slightly salty and a tad bitter, and works well with fish and vegetable dishes. But what makes chard so compelling is its nutritional profile:
- It is an excellent source of vitamins A, K, C, E, magnesium, manganese, potassium, and iron.
- Its combination of nutrients, phytonutrients and fiber help to prevent digestive-tract cancers, including colon cancer
- It is a good source of osteocalin, necessary for bone health
If you are unfamiliar with chard, try substituting it in recipes that call for fresh spinach or other greens. Experiment with seasonings, and you will likely find chard to be a welcome addition to your healthy diet.When choosing Swiss chard look for stalks and leaves that are paler in color, as white chard tends to be the most tender. And if you’re looking for an easy vegetable to grow, chard needs little care and thrives in almost any climate.