The chard: health benefits and virtues
The chard (Beta vulgaris), also called pear or chard, belongs to the family of the Chenopodiaceae and comes from the Mediterranean coast.
Consumed since ancient times, it has fallen into disuse today, but it has great culinary qualities and interesting medicinal properties.
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Chard and its health benefits
Very low in calories, chard is rich in vitamins and essential nutrients. Raw or cooked, it is an excellent source of vitamins C and A, magnesium and potassium.
Rich in polyphenols, chard allows our body to fight aging by neutralizing the free radicals that attack our cells and accelerate our body's decline.
Packed with fibers, chard has emollient, refreshing and laxative virtues. It is also effective in inflammatory states of the urinary tract.
Married with other vegetables, in soup or in a soup, chard lightens the liver and promotes intestinal transit.
Betaine contained in chard is a substance that promotes the regeneration of liver cells and has a positive effect on the metabolism of fats.
In external use, chard leaf poultices relieve springs and skin inflammations, and treat certain mycoses.
Growing chards for their benefits
Chard is a grass with large, wide and fleshy leaves that should be planted in the sun or in semi shade, in a clayey, sandy, humid but well-drained soil.
Remember to add some humus and topsoil to your soil and to your compost or manure during the winter.
In the open soil, in pots, in planters or in flower boxes, chard adapts itself everywhere.
Vegetable garden: to cultivate well the chard.
Accelerated in the kitchen for its benefits
Chard is usually eaten cooked, either in a pressure cooker or in boiling water, and then fried in a pan to give it more flavor.
They are transformed into original gratins, cakes or pans.
You can also cook them in soup or velouté, alone or accompanied by other vegetables and some potatoes.
- Cuisine: delicious recipes with chards
Nutritional intake of chard
20 kcal/100 g. Very low in calories, chard is one of the richest vegetables in fiber. Therefore, it is very effective in cases of intestinal laziness. Its leaves are full of vitamins and antioxidant properties.
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