Along with kale, collards and other dark leafy greens, Swiss chard is a nutritional superstar. A relative of the beet family, Swiss chard is a good source of numerous vitamins and minerals, including vitamins K, A and C, as well as magnesium and potassium. In fact, a half-cup (125 mL) serving of Swiss chard contains more than 150% of the recommended daily value of vitamin K.
Like all leafy greens Swiss chard is loaded with antioxidants. It contains vitamin E, a free radical fighter, and beta-carotene, which helps to keep your eyes healthy. It is a rich source of the powerful antioxidants lupin and zeaxanthin. There compounds are one reason why Swiss chard and other dark leafy greens have been show to reduce the risk for cataracts and macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in people over the age of 55. Some researcher also think the anthocyanins in Swiss chard may prevent cancers of the digestive tract. And, with just 35 calories a cup (250 mL) adding chard to your meal plan makes great sense as part of any weight control programs.