Nutrient Density of Swiss Chard

Yeah, I use this chart a lot. Why? Because it’s great! Check it out:

Now, That’s Fit recently did a little investigation on Swiss chard:
I must admit I'd never heard of Swiss chard before this week when I came across a page in a women's magazine cheering on its merits. I'm a pretty standard veggie girl. Give me broccoli, peas, green beans, squash, a good salad and I'm happy. Swiss chard? Never did sit on a plate of mine. Yet I'm intrigued by this item. Here's what I'm learning about it…

...Swiss chard, with its plentiful nutrients, antioxidants, phytochemicals, and more helps prevent digestive tract and colon cancers and can also protect the kidneys of those with diabetes. It's good for bone health, lung health, heart health, vision, immune systems, and mental clarity. The list goes on and on. It's time to get cooking then. Check out these recipes for Swiss chard, which incidentally does not come from Switzerland -- a Swiss man did name it, though.
Okay, and now the nutrients found in 35 calories of Swiss chard:
  • Protein: 3 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 7 grams
  • Calcium: 102 mg
  • Iron: 4 mg
  • Magnesium: 151 mg
  • Phosphorus: 58 mg
  • Potassium: 960 mg
  • Sodium: 313 mg
  • Vitamin C: 32 mg
  • Folate: 15 mcg
Let’s compare. After some quick calculations, here’s what I came up with:

Well, Swiss chard certainly ranks up there and steak still sucks!
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Llouise - March 27, 2008 11:15 AM

I love that chart too. It's good to see these things every so often to remind how great these foods are for us. All those greens aren't just foliage for fiber :)
I was blown away by this chart and the info in Dr. Fuhrman's "Eat To Live" book. Things I would never have known had I not read it. This information still isn't out to the general public. It's a shame. I feel so fortunate to have this knowledge, and use it!

Gerry Pugliese - March 27, 2008 12:46 PM

Hey Llouise-

Exactly! That's why I'm currently plowing through a head of Romaine Lettuce.


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