Ignore the anti-kale buzz...kale is good for you.

Diet & Nutrition

Kale! The substantial leafy green – a staple for juicers and health-conscious cooks alike – is in pretty popular demand these days.

Kale is usually advertised as a super food for its nutrient-dense and fiber-rich properties and is popping up on menus across the country.

Just like all trendy things, kale has its share of skeptics as well. Recently in the headlines and making the rounds on social media are claims that kale can potentially make you seriously ill. But those claims are completely unsupported.

The question that has everyone buzzing is whether people who consume kale intake toxic metals in high amounts. Since Kale readily absorbs everything from the soil it grows in, we can understand the concern. The truth is there are many other foods that are staples in diets around the world that grow the same way, like canola and cacao.

You would have to eat raw kale all day, for every meal before it would ever make you sick. If you’re kale-obsessed and are worried it might be too much, consider cooking your kale first – this both decreases any toxins that might be in the plant and breaks it down so that your body can better absorb its nutrients.

Remember, a balanced diet is key to adequate nutrition and good health. Like everything else you eat, have kale in moderation.

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