Unpacking The Health Benefits Of Swiss Chard

If you’re cooking with a watchful eye on nutritional content, few vegetables are as consistently dependable as Swiss chard. Equally helpful for maintaining a healthy diet and reducing the risk of certain health issues, Swiss chard is clearly a friend to health-conscious chefs. But what specifically makes Swiss chard so great? Follow along as we take a closer look at the leafy green.

  • All great nutritional profiles are built off of a strong baseline and Swiss chard is no exception. One serving has an almost nonexistent calorie count (7 calories per cup), while still containing decent amounts of calcium and potassium. 
  • Swiss chard is often considered an ally in the fight against diabetes due to a unique flavonoid known as syringic acid, which helps stabilize blood sugar levels. Regular consumption of Swiss chard helps both at-risk and diagnosed eaters with diabetes.
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  •  Like many leafy greens, Swiss chard is loaded with vitamins like vitamin K, C, A, and E. Its vitamin K levels are particularly high, with one serving offering nearly 300% of your recommended daily dosage.
  • Due to its cocktail of powerful vitamins and nutrients, Swiss chard promotes a slew of positive health functions ranging from improved cognitive function to healthy bone development. 
  • Although you may not expect it, Swiss chard is a decent source of beta-carotene (the nutrient commonly in carrots and sweet potatoes). While best known for improving eyesight, beta-carotene also serves as an immunity booster!