Swiss chard nutrition is important to me for numerous reasons. I'll mention a few. I have a lazy colon, have had since childhood days, and alas my granddaughter has inherited it. A diet full of soluble fibre, like that in all your organic green foods, is vital for me. Otherwise it's rabbit pellets.
Then, after radishes, it's the easiest vegetable in the garden to grow. It goes on for months, even years, bearing wonderful food daily. It's brilliant for those who are banting; we enjoy eggs Florentine almost daily for breakfast, poached on a bed of greens.
And then it's home to a host of vitamins and minerals. Do you bruise easily? Just one sixth of a cup provides enough vitamin K to solve your problem.
But perhaps most important of all is that Swiss chard is a rich source of the phytochemicals like carotenoids that help to prevent cancer and reduce inflammation in the body.
Then there's the betaine that's absolutely essential in the methionine cycle. Without it and three other B vitamins, there's a build up of toxic homocysteine.
This is today's variation of eggs Florentine, our daily breakfast, since there's a glut of fresh green peas from the garden at the moment.
Do you bruise easily? One cup of lightly boiled Swiss chard nutrition supplies six times the RDA of vitamin K.
Diabetes is epidemic in Western society.
Swiss chard nutrition makes a vital contribution to five serious ailments in today's society; namely, constipation, cancer, blindness and inflamed arteries and joints.
Add to that the fifth, the epidemic of diabetes in today's world, and you'll appreciate the importance of your Swiss chard, and other greens.
One of these carotenoids has been shown to inhibit an enzyme found naturally in the small intestine; the function of alpha glucosidase is to break down starches in say potato and bread into simple sugars.
We eat far too much refined starch these days, and it's turned rapidly into glucose, producing an insulin rush, making us fat and exhausting the pancreas.
Enter the blocking effect of your Swiss chard, and you can see why it helps regulate blood glucose. Every diabetic should be enjoying a helping of this family of greens daily; raw or cooked, and preferably both.
Every diabetic should know about reheating resistant starch. It's the way, along with a walk every day, to help stabilise your blood sugar. Chill your Swiss chard soup overnight and warm it again the next day.
Along with beetroot, spinach and kale, they belong to a family of foods called chenopods. All four are easy to grow in the garden; pick them fresh and enjoy them daily. In mild climates likes ours they do best in the cooler weather.
Tingling in arms and hands, and legs too, is one of the signs of diabetes; but it could be a pinched nerve in the spine.
A variation for the cold winter nights is Bernie's beetroot soup, also known as borscht; also philosophy healthy food, made fast. Whilst I love the kitchen I have better things to do that spend hours labouring over the stove; it's got to be quick, and nutritious; no junk in our home except on high and holy days.
It's six weeks after the winter solstice and you'll notice the bugs are ravenous; they've tucked into these organic green foods, proving they're not sprayed with toxic poisons. I'd rather share my dinner with a grasshopper than risk getting cancer. Don't you agree?
I often think of bugs as the housewife's taster. If every leaf is perfect there's a high suspicion that they've been sprayed. If the bugs stay away, shouldn't you?
Anyway, that's one of the reasons that I promote to my chiropractic patients the virtues of the home garden. I have seen too many die from cancer, it's a great misery, and I have no desire to go out that way. Apart from anything the else the cost of cancer treatment is so great today, that it will erode all your carefully harvested savings.
Update: it's now early summer and it's incredible what a bit of heat, and nitrogen rich rain does to those mean looking veggies that I pictured above.
"The source of my difficulties has always been the same: an inability to accept what to others seems natural, and an irresistible tendency to voice opinions no one wants to hear."
Swiss chard recipes in the main are so simple and quick.
You can eat the very young leaves raw, but generally swiss chard is enjoyed either lightly blanched, or steamed. It helps to reduce any oxylate absorption should you have a problems with kidney or gallbladder stones.
Bruising is becoming hugely problematic.
Over and above the vitamin K, chard has a rich supply of vitamin A and C, magnesium, iron and even 10 percent of your daily calcium needs.
Plant a row in your garden every month and you'll be astonished how
much daily organic green food it supplies for your salads and dinners.
And how much healthier you'll be; less painful joints, free and easy
bowel movements, less bruising. You won't notice the stronger bones, but
it's there, delaying that broken hip to your nineties! If you're
diabetic, just watch the drop in your insulin needs.
Healthy choice foods are those that give you a significant chance of reaching eighty with all your marbles and joints intact.
Swiss chard nutrition is an important factor in the mix of healthy choice foods.
Macular degeneration is the most common cause of blindness in the aged, and it's largely preventable. It's caused by a deficiency of two carotenoids that are found in very high concentrations in normal retinas.
Those who will not eat their greens, and particularly if they also smoke, are likely to get lutein macular degeneration; the other phytochemical is zeaxanthin.
These carotenoids are found in greatest amounts in eggs, and especially free range eggs, kale and spinach or Swiss chard.
Learn how to grow spinach in your garden; after radishes the easiest of all the vegetables.
Swiss chard nutrition is an important topic, I think you'll agree; it could make the difference between using a magnifying glass to read and a white stick to walk, and being a normal elderly person.
Understanding Swiss chard nutrition is at the heart of the third of the ten commandments of food security.
Bernard Preston is passionate about healthy choice food; says he, that's one way most of can escape taking numerous medications every day.
Vitamins, minerals and the phytochemicals in our food are vital for many cellular reactions in the body.