Jalapeño-Lime Kale Slaw
Eating raw food, especially raw vegetables and greens as part of your meal can be helpful to digest other parts of your meal. Kale is a bitter dark leafy green. Bitter foods first stimulate the production of amylase in the mouth (a starch digesting enzyme). Then, in the stomach, bitter foods stimulate the hormone gastrin that in turn stimulates the release of gastric acid. As bitter foods make their way through your digestive tract, they then stimulate the release of bile from the gallbladder helping to break down the fats from your meal into smaller molecules so your fat-digesting enzymes can properly do their job! Kale is also high in Lutein, a carotenoid which helps to prevent age-related macular degeneration. It has also been found that there is a 35% reduction in overall neurologic decline with an increased consumption of green leafy vegetables!