Kale – Can the “Queen of Greens” Be Bad for You?


It seems people are obsessed with kale these days. Back in the day, I can only remember seeing it laying on the ice of a buffet table as garnish.  Now it’s blended in smoothies, made into chips, added to salads, steamed with eggs & more!

Known as the “Queen of Greens”, kale has more iron than beef and more calcium than milk, pound for pound!  It is also full of antioxidants that can lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer.  No wonder this veggie deserves a crown!  Screen Shot 2014-02-25 at 4.13.22 PM
According to Dr. Oz, people are eating 150% more kale than 5 years ago. While he emphasizes the benefits of kale are amazing, he also says that too much of a good thing can turn into a bad thing if you consume in EXCESS (dangers of kale?!).  So, not that anyone should be alarmed – as it is obviously an excellent vegetable to have in your diet – but here is some good information that I thought everyone on the ‘kale train’ would be interested to know:

1.  It may contribute to hypothyroidism – according to the Oregon State University Micronutrient Information site: “Very high intakes of cruciferous vegetables…have been found to cause hypothyroidism”.

2.  There may be a risk of developing kidney stones from consuming high oxalate foods. (If you have a history of kidney stones or if they run in your family, this is good information to be aware of – ask your doctor for more information).

3.  It may interfere with antibiotics and blood thinners because it is so high in Vitamin K.  Dr. Oz says that too much Vitamin K can actually make these meds less effective.  Alternative veggies you may want to incorporate into your diet include romaine lettuce, green beans, cabbage, and asparagus.

So if you find yourself to be overdoing it in the kale department, just be mindful to switch up your greens – eat lettuce, spinach, arugula, bok choy etc.  And…always consult your family physician over self-diagnosing on the Internet lol.

Thanks for the kale tips Dr. Oz!

TRINA is the founder and editor of #FOMO Vancouver and owner of WEB WARRIOR MARKETING. Connect with her on Twitter and Facebook.

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