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At what temperature does Kale lose its nutrients?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 14, 2012 at 5:02 AM

I'm steaming it....just wondering.

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on July 05, 2012
at 07:24 PM

...And I wonder what the nutritional difference is between steamed/sauteed kale and dehydrated kale chips. Intuitively the steamed kale seems more healthful, but logically the kale chips seem more healthful, being less cooked.

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on June 15, 2012
at 03:51 PM

I mean the ones I make at home in the oven or dehydrator...sometimes olive oil and sea salt and sometimes just plain and crispy. I've never seen the kale chips to which you refer.

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

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at 10:58 AM

Yes, I think color is probably a good gauge of nutritional content.

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

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at 10:58 AM

You mean kale chips caked in cashews/sunflower seeds/vegetable oils for added weight? I don't mean to rain on your parade, but if you can find kale chips that aren't "fortified" with all those omega 6's, that's probably better. Sorry to derail.

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on June 14, 2012
at 06:37 PM

I pretty sure it loses its nutrients when you wonder at what temperature it loses its nutrients. ;)

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on June 14, 2012
at 05:54 PM

With steaming, I think you should more worried about duration rather than temperature.

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on June 14, 2012
at 05:47 PM

Steamed kale - meh. I much prefer it lightly sauteed. Not sure about temperature - just take it off the heat while it's still bright green.

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

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on June 15, 2012
at 10:58 AM

Yes, I think color is probably a good gauge of nutritional content.

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E55906cdb6839a23fd740ad85d160cc8

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on June 14, 2012
at 10:24 PM

Kale chips have added nutrients! not really...just my new favorite snack food in case you didn't see that exclamation point.

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

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on June 15, 2012
at 10:58 AM

You mean kale chips caked in cashews/sunflower seeds/vegetable oils for added weight? I don't mean to rain on your parade, but if you can find kale chips that aren't "fortified" with all those omega 6's, that's probably better. Sorry to derail.

E55906cdb6839a23fd740ad85d160cc8

(1159)

on June 15, 2012
at 03:51 PM

I mean the ones I make at home in the oven or dehydrator...sometimes olive oil and sea salt and sometimes just plain and crispy. I've never seen the kale chips to which you refer.

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on July 05, 2012
at 03:04 PM

Food generaly loses it's nutrients when it's internal temperature reaches 80 degrees Celcius or 176 degrees Farenheit. The duration varies depending on how much of it there is, how thin or thick, how it's cooked etc. Always start cooking food on medium and when it reaches 40 degrees Celicius or 104 degrees Farenheit, put it on low until it reaches 80 degrees Celcius or 176 degrees Farenheit. Then you wont ever over cook anything you make, it will retain all it's flavour and it's nutrients. Good luck!

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