Among all types of cancer prevention, studies have particularly linked the regular intake of cruciferous vegetables to the prevention of:
- Bladder cancer
- Breast cancer
- Colon cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Ovarian cancer
Collard greens contain fiber. Fiber helps keep your intestines and colon healthy, and it can also help lower cholesterol. Some studies show that steamed collards are the most beneficial for this.
Researchers have looked at a variety of cardiovascular problems—including heart attack, ischemic heart disease, and atherosclerosis—and found preliminary evidence that cruciferous vegetables can help lower the risks of heart health problems.
Shopping For Collards
While generally available almost year-round, the peak season for collard greens is from January through April. When shopping for collards, look for greens that are firm, deep green in color, and have no brown or wilted leaves. Leaves that are smaller in size will be more tender and have a milder flavor.
Store in the refrigerator in a plastic bag. Collards should keep fresh for about three to five days.
This is a tough one: while yes, a pot of collards prepared with the rich flavor of ham hocks and/or salted pork is undeniably tasty, cooking them like this takes away from what makes them so healthy.
Some smarter (and still delicious) seasoning options include:
- 2-3 strips of regular or turkey bacon
- Red pepper flakes
- Fresh garlic
- Your favorite herbs
- Sea salt
Don’t forget to sprinkle a couple teaspoons of apple cider vinegar on top of your bowl of greens – not only for an added burst of flavor, but because apple cider vinegar has many health benefits as well.