Swiss chard is one of those wonderful greens full of antioxidants, including kaempferol, the same phytonutrient found in broccoli and kale. Why not add it to your regimen?
In addition, Swiss chard contains syringic acid which has proven blood sugar regulating abilities. This happens because the syringic acid inhibits an enzyme called alpha-glucosidase. When this enzyme is inhibited fewer carbs are broken down into simple sugars, resulting in more steady blood sugar. Swiss chard is also a unique source of betalains. Do you notice the reddish-purple pigments and the yellowish pigment in the chard stems? These are loaded with betaxanthin pigments known for their anti-inflammatory and detoxification effects.
Unlike kale, mustard greens and collard greens, swiss chard is not goitrogenic – which means that those with thyroid conditions who need to avoid goitrogenic foods, can readily enjoy chard.
One of my favorite ways to eat chard is to juice it. We have the Green Star juicer which makes it easy. If you have a blender, you can create your own green juice by blending with desired ingredients and then straining. (I demonstrate this method in the video featured in the momsAWARE Natural Year Challenge article Learn Your Greens.)
Our family enjoys the combination of chard, carrots and lemon. My kids love it! In the photo featured above I am using heritage carrots which offer more antioxidant pigments. Swiss chard is one of the less bitter greens and therefore very easy to drink when combined with lemon or lime juice. The carrots add a lot of flavor too.
With all of its benefits Swiss chard makes a great addition to your diet!