Collards Greens Versus Turnip Greens


My parents grew up in the South region of the United States and collard and turnip greens were a common staple in their diet. Collard greens are growing in my garden and I'm having them for dinner tonight.  Collard and turnip are leafy green vegetables that have very potent anti-cancer compounds. How well do you know your greens, take the quiz


1.  Which green is higher in vitamin A?
2.  Which green is higher in vitamin C?
3.  Does collard greens have higher vitamin K levels? True or False
4.  If you are anemic which green should you eat?
5.  True or False  Eating raw collards should be avoided in individuals with thyroid dysfunction?
6.  True or False  Turnip leaves are eaten as turnip greens?
7.  Collards greens are a popular vegetable only eaten in the Southern part of the United States? True or False
8.  If the doctor says you need more calcium in your diet, is it better to eat collard greens or turnip greens?
9. Do both collard and turnip greens contain high levels of cholesterol? True or False
10. Which green is higher in fiber?

1.  Wikipedia has the greens equal in vitamin A but other sites state that turnip greens are higher in vitamin A. The winner is turnip greens but both are high in vitamin A.
2. Turnip greens are higher in vitamin C with 60 mg per serving. Collard greens have 35 mg per serving.
3. Vitamin K helps in the increase of bone mass and it also helps Alzheimer's disease patients by limiting neuronal damage in their brain. True, collard greens have more vitamin k per serving.
4. Turnip greens are higher in iron so it is better to eat turnip greens if you are anemic.
5. True, if you have hypothyroidism you should not eat raw goitrogenic foods often. Foods that are high in goitrogens include spinach, broccoli, collards, cauliflower, kale, peanuts, strawberries, and other vegetables.
6. True, the leaves of the turnip are eaten as turnip greens.
7. False, collard greens are popular in East Africa in countries such as Kenya and Tanzania. Collards are also popular in Portugal and Brazil.
8. If you need more calcium it is better to eat collards. Collard greens have 232 mg per serving and turnip greens have 190 mg per serving.
9. False  Cholesterol is a fat-like substance that is found cells of the body and it is only in animal products. Plants do not have cholesterol.
10. If you need more fiber it is better to eat collard greens. It has 4 grams per serving compared to 3.2 grams in turnip greens.

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  1. I really never knew the difference. Thanks for the article.

  2. I never realized the value of these two vegetables in our diet! I was raised in Georgia so these vegetables were almost always on the buffet tables or the menu. For New Years Day tradition says you should eat greens for money , black eyed peas for luck, and some kind of pork for a reason I can't remember. Lol! This article was really informative and I'm glad I found it.


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