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Raw Kale and Smoothie confusion

Answered on November 10, 2013
Created November 08, 2013 at 5:41 PM

I hear more and more that kale is best NOT eaten raw - yet many paleo follwers (present company included) have raw kale in a smoothie daily. Please help me understand if this is not in my best interest.... or if I should cook the kale first....

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on November 10, 2013
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thank you SO much!

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on November 09, 2013
at 08:19 AM

What goitrogens basically do is interfere with iodine intake. Probably dangerous for someone with a thyroid condition, but probably not for someone who doesn't have this condition.. The following two articles are very informative http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=george&dbid=250

http://www.naturalendocrinesolutions.com/articles/goitrogens-thyroid-inhibiting-foods-you-should-avoid/

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on November 08, 2013
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Raw kale, just like any other raw brassica species, contains goitrogens which inhibit thyroid function.

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on November 08, 2013
at 07:05 PM

Oxylates are supposed to be the issue. Yet I see some info that says cooking only reduces them a small percentage. Don't know who to trust on this, but if you are not making it a big part of your diet and are getting loads of calcium and other minerals I wouldn't sweat it. Then again I don't like raw kale.

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