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Monday, January 5, 2015

Beneficial Kale Backlash

Kale Beneficial 2015 ??? Given the Recent Backlash, I say be brainy and eat what your body can manage. 

In my most recent posts, I stated that you should eat what you can afford and what your body can manage, as in 'what agrees with it'. That's my food philosophy. I also mentioned, in a previous post, that I have intestinal problems with certain foods - insoluble vegetables and fruits. So, since Kale is insoluble, I am not falling apart over this backlash. While kale provides numerous good things, it can cause problems for you as it does me and not just because it is insoluble. If you are eating too much of it, you could face some serious backlash.  According to an article in The New York Times from January 2014, kale consumption was  linked to hypothyroidism. Throughout 2014, follow-ups abounded, and soon enough kale was taking hits for causing everything from kidney stones to arthritis. Since, then Kale has rebounded, but currently promoted as good for you in a 'well balanced diet'. Among positive and negative press, it was recognized that  kale may indeed affect the thyroid due to the goitrogens it contains, this effect may be decreased with cooking as stated by Kristen Kirkpatrick RD, the manager of nutrition services at Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute. If you simply can't let go of kale, it was suggested to minimize other thyroid-impacting foods like Brussels sprouts, cabbage, and broccoli, to make room for more kale in your diet. I say be as brainy about Kale as you are about all other foods  ~ everything is permissible but not everything is beneficial 1 Cor 10:23.

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