Chard benefits

What is chard good for?

What is chard?

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Chard photo

Chard (Beta vulgaris) is a vegetable.

It is made up of bright, thick leaves with a thick stem in the center that may be yellowish, redder, or green in color.

The leaves can also be greenish or reddish depending on the variety.

It has a slightly bitter taste, similar to spinach.

What does chard contain?

As a source of energy, 100 grams of chard provide us with 19 kilocalories.

Its proportion of nutrients is divided into:

  • More than 92% is water, close to 0.2% fat.
  • About 2% protein.
  • More than 3.7% carbohydrates.
  • More than 1.6% fiber.

From the point of view of minerals, it is a vegetable rich in potassium, magnesium, calcium and iron, but it also contains phosphorus and sodium, as well as small amounts of copper, manganese and zinc.

At a vitamin level, it is a fruit rich in vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin B9. It also contains other B vitamins and vitamin E.

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Chard drawing (

Composition of chard

  • It has a very high water content that prevents us from becoming dehydrated.
  • It provides us with very little energy in the form of calories.
  • It contains very little fat. It has a moderate protein content.
  • It has a low sugar content. It shows a low fiber content.
  • It helps to eliminate toxins from our body, due to its potassium content.
  • Calcium, together with phosphorus, maintains the balance of the formation of strong bones.
  • Thanks to its magnesium content, it helps the contraction and relaxation of the muscles.
  • Its iron content helps us to prevent anemia.
  • Because of its vitamin B9 content, it helps us grow properly.
  • It keeps our skin and helps keep it healthy, because of its vitamin A content.
  • It protects us from colds and helps to heal wounds, due to its content of vitamin C.
  • It protects us from toxins and aging, due to its content of vitamin A, C, E and the mineral zinc.

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This article was endorsed by Elisenda Carballido - Dietitian nutritionist. Postgraduate in Phytotherapy and master in Nutrition and Metabolism.
Written by Editorial Botanical-online team in charge of content writing

1 March, 2021

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