Have You Heard That Eating Kale Is Bad For You? Find Out More

Hi it's your Girl JA Nursing here, last week through my daily internet stroll  I found

Sorry, Foodies: We're About to Ruin Kale. This Mother Jones Story has managed to create  47,000 shares on Face book  with it's cautionary title. In fact both theses titles have definitely called for my attention.

The role of JA Nursing  as your Health Care advocate will always be to continue to increase your Health Literacy when it pertains to information and news on health. With all the medical jargon who best to help you set your mind at ease.

Many of my  blogs that have given praises to kale for me to see this topic on the radar I had to weight in. In health care we always have to learn to evaluate sources and understand benefits vs true negatives.

Why have I started to include Kale as a staple food source in my grocery cart? Coming from a West Indian family with Spinach and calla-loo being a weekly dish on the table, Back then I did not know that my palat my to adore what we know has the title of the best super food to hit the grocery store. 

 Lets set the record straight Thallium  In an article for Craftsmanship magazine, molecular biologist Dr. Ernie Hubbard thinks not. According to him, there may be a link between kale and thallium poisoning, along with other toxic metals, as a result of using coal ash spread for fertilizer. Hubbard arrived at this conclusion after identifying toxic heavy metal in patients' urine. Initially, he thought these higher toxin levels were a byproduct of people eating more kale and other green vegetables. The U.S. Department of Agriculture found kale consumption alone has considerably grown since 2007, when 954 farms harvesting kale grew to 2,500 harvesters in 2012. But when Hubbard reviewed studies as far back as 2001, he found everyone's favorite green was particularly good at taking thallium up from soil.

Hubbard's suspicions took hold when a urine sample from one of his clients Laura Fenamore, a 52-year-old vegetarian who works out two hours per day, exhibited  thallium

 Now what does this mean for me and You well let it be known that Thallium is found in the earth the grows kale. It has not been  completed c\verified that kale will cause poisoned, but like many other foods I would of course continue to say eating kale vs a big plate of oxtail and rice and peas or a creamy plate of  Fettuccine Alfredo would be a better choice.

The long and short of this story is that Eat Your Greens: Science Has Not Confirmed The Link Between Thallium Poisoning And Kale writes the medical daily.

I will continue to add kale to my plate and my daily smoothies because it's  benefits out way the negatives.
Lets quickly  review   8 Health Benefits of Kale:

1. Can help lower cholesterol levels.
The fiber fiber in kale binds bile acids and helps lower blood cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease. It’s best when kale is cooked instead of raw.

2. Kale is a detox food.
It’s filled with fiber and sulfur which are great for detoxifying your body and keeping your liver healthy.

3. Low in calories
A cup of chopped kale has only 33 calories. Great for weight loss!

4. Great at fighting many cancers
Kale is rich in organosulfur compounds which are known to fight cancer, especially colon cancer.

5. Supports a healthy immune system.
Kale is full of sulforaphane which helps which nourishes the immune system.

6. Visual Benefits.
Kale is abundant in two carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin, which act like sunglass filters preventing damage to the eyes from excessive exposure to ultraviolet light.

7. Supports normal blood clotting, antioxidant activity, and bone health.
The high amount of Vitamin K helps nourishes those activities in the body healthy.

8. Great for helping digestion and elimination.
It is very high in fiber.

All greens are nutritious, but kale stands way above the rest. Kale has more iron than beef per calorie. Very high in in Vitamin K, full of powerful antioxidants and much more. Read all about it: Kale Nutrition.

Don't be to quick to cut out kale due to thallium risk,  if your going to cut that tastey Jerk pork and  fried Chicken.
 Great fact to consider do you which soil your Kale was grown in? Because there's no real way to know if your kale was grown in soil with thallium—and how that translates into its concentration in your blood—it's pretty much impossible to set a defined limit of how much of the veggie you should be consuming. But as always, moderation is a good rule of thumb.
In conclusion,  Hubbard may have made a genuine link, but nothing is concrete yet. When it comes to science, replication is key, and Hubbard seems to be the first to make such a link.

How to Buy and Store Kale:
  • Always buy organic kale; it is grown with lots of chemicals making it one of the Dirty Dozen. The kale should be firm with fresh, with deeply colored leaves and hardy stems.
  • Kale with smaller leaves will be tenderer and have a milder flavor than larger leaves.
  • Put kale in a plastic storage bag removing as much of the air from the bag as possible. Keep in the refrigerator for 5 to 7 days. The longer it is stored, the more bitter its flavor becomes. Do not wash kale before storing because the water encourages spoilage.


Too much vitamin K can cause problems for anyone taking anticoagulants/Blood thinners such as warfarin because the high level of vitamin K may interfere with the drugs. Consult your doctor before adding kale to your diet if you are on this type of medication.

Kale and Oxalates. Kale contains oxalates that interfere with the absorption of calcium.  There is much controversy about this.

Goitrogenic Food? Contrary to popular belief, latest studies show that kale is not goitrogenic. In fact, most foods that are commonly called goitrogenic (kale, broccoli and cauliflower) as well as soy-based foods do not interfere with thyroid function in healthy persons even when they are consumed on a daily basis. Again this is controversial.

I will continue to find the correct answers for my team smarties, the goal will always be to reveal the truth about various health issues and contents located from other sources. This has been watching out for your Health with Michelle  Smith Your Health and Social Advocate stay connected visit our website www.janursingservices.com

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Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/8-health-benefit-of-kale-diet-cautions.html#ixzz3hCeDeE4t




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