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How to Bring Out the Hidden Health Benefits of Kale

The latest scientific studies show that cutting kale into small pieces helps break down cell walls and enhances the activation of an enzyme called myrosinase that slowly converts some of the plant nutrients into their active forms, which have been shown to contain health-promoting properties. So, to get the most health benefits from cauliflower, let the chopped kale sit for a minimum of 5 minutes, optimally 10 minutes, after cutting, before cooking.

Heat will inactivate the effect of myrosinase, which is why it is important to allow the kale to sit for 5-10 minutes before cooking to give the enzyme ample kale. Cooking at low or medium heat for the short time it takes to cook kale (5 minutes) should not destroy the active phytonutrients since once they are formed, they are fairly stable.