Collard Greens

About Collard Greens (Collards)

Collard greens come from the same plant species that includes cabbage, broccoli, and kale.  They have been eaten for at least 2,000 years, likely originating from the ancient Greeks.

Nutrition Benefits of Collard Greens

Collard greens are great sources of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Calcium, and Manganese.  Some research has linked Collard Greens to cholesterol lowering, cancer preventative, and anti-inflammatory qualities.

Storing Collard Greens

Store collard greens the same way you would store spinach or other greens: refrigerate in a plastic bag and don’t wash them until you are ready to use them.

Did you know you can freeze collard greens?  Here’s how … start by washing them and cut off any stems.  You should then blanch the collard greens (boil it in water for ~3 minutes and then transfer to ice cold water).  Blanching is meant to kill bacteria, not to cook it.  Once it’s cooled – then place it in a colander or strainer and drain as much water as possible.  Now you can package in airtight containers and store in a freezer!

Smoothie Tip

If a recipe calls for Collard Greens and you don’t have it, try substituting with spinach, kale, or any other dark leafy vegetable.

Nutrition Facts

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Collard Greens scores well for 5 health goals

This ingredient was scored for various health goals Learn more.

Recipes using Collard Greens

The Research

Prostate: Score 92

Summary:

Human: Evidence exists indicating that collard greens (brassica vegetables) reduce prostate cancer risk. Diets rich in cruciferous vegetables may reduce the risk of prostate cancer. Cruciferous vegetable consumption was strongly associated with reduced risk of prostate cancer progression.

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Breast Cancer: Score 88

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Animal: Collards prevent pulmonary metastasis of breast cancer.

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Cancer: Score 88

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Animal: Collards prevent pulmonary metastasis of breast cancer.

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Eye Health: Score 86

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Collard Greens may be associated with a decreased risk of glaucoma.

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Rheumatoid Arthritis: Score 84

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Animal: It contains sulforaphane, which may have therapeutic value in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.

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How Our Scoring System Works

For each health goal, we assigned a score to each recipe and each ingredient. This helps you better understand the correlation that medical research is suggesting between foods and benefits to various health goals. Our scoring system is based on REAL RESEARCH published on pubmed.gov. This is a website that curates over 25 million different biomedical journals.

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What we consider when creating your scores:

  • 1Type of Study (human, animal, lab, or academic review)
  • 2Amount of Research
  • 3What the Research Says
  • 4How much of the ingredient we use (for the recipes)
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