Because apparently, now even KALE is bad for us! REALLY!?!?!?!?
Delish.com posted an article entitled ” Eating Kale is Making People Seriously Sick” (linked above). It detailed a recent study led by molecular biologist Ernie Hubbard who found that kale—along with cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, and collard greens—is a hyper-accumulator of heavy metals like thallium and cesium. What’s more, traces of nickel, lead, cadmium, aluminum, and arsenic are also common in greens, and this contamination affected both organic and standard produce samples. The source seems to be the soil, according to what Hubbard told Craftmanship magazine.
According to the article, “Thallium has been a common ingredient in rat poison. It’s tasteless, odorless, and nearly colorless. While those who tested positive hadn’t consumed poisonous levels of the metal, it was enough to cause fatigue, heart arrhythmia, nausea, digestive trouble, neurological problems, and hair loss. The scariest part is that even after patients completed detoxification regiments, thallium continued to show up in their systems. For example, the thallium levels of a 52-year-old female vegetarian, who both exercises for two hours and consumes kale on a daily basis, measured 0.7 parts per milligram—that’s seven times higher than what has been deemed the ‘threshold limit.'”
Ok….so just to keep track…according to some research:
No Kale (cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, or collard greens)
Honestly, I could probably link a study to every food we consume and why it is bad for us. Even FRUIT has been getting a bad rep with those loyal to the paleo diet.
SO WHAT ARE WE SUPPOSED TO EAT??
The best advice the FITgals can offer is MODERATION. Most of the (BETTER) studies are about consuming large(ish) quantities of these items. So if you are worried about what you are eating, just eat less of everything and add more variety into your diet. Each day should contain DIFFERENT VEGGIES (not just one). Some days you should eat like a vegetarian, and some days you can have some lean, organic protein.
But, we feel for you. It is hard to be an educated consumer these days!
Are there any foods you have questions about? ASK US!!