Eating Kale is considered to be one of the most healthiest food by many people. It is rich in vitamins A and C, potassium, calcium, iron, and folate, as well as the eye-healthy carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin. In short, it is one of the healthiest things that could enter your body. However, Kale is not the super food we thought it was. It is only healthy for those who can digest it.
Here are some reasons to avoid Kale and not eat too much of it.
1 Kale contains too much of fiber for some people’s digestive system – Kale contains about 2.6 grams per cup, which is about 14 per cent of an adult’s recommended daily intake. Fibre is not digested and remains in our digestive tract, where it helps with the passage of food through our digestive system. Which is a good thing, usually.But it’s this high-fibre content that could cause problems for your digestion, especially if you have IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) or other unexplained digestive issues.Most of the fibre in kale is insoluble fibre – the type found in whole grains, bran and nuts and seeds – and too much of it can be difficult for your digestive system to cope with. When it is not properly processed it gets stuck in the gut causing increased fermentation, which in turn causes problems such as bloating and gas.
2 It contains a kind of sugar named as raffinose which is really hard to break down – Raffinose is a kind of sugar that belongs to a group of carbohydrates called oligosaccharides. It means something that is made up of several sugar molecules which are hooked on to each other. They are generally found in cruciferous vegetables (the group that includes kale, cabbage and broccoli) and also beans as well as legumes.We lack the right enzymes to digest raffinose in our stomach or small intestine. So after passing through these organs it arrives in the large intestine still intact, and is then fermented by the bacteria there.
3 They damage your thyroid gland function –kale includes some substances that contain goitrogenic effect. In simple terms it means something that hinders with the function of your thyroid glands. Though they become inactive when cooked, it is still present in raw kale. Thus, it is advised that kale should be never overdone.
So who shouldn’t eat kale?
If you get gas or bloating when you eat kale, cabbage or beans it’s best to avoid all aggravating foods, including kale, to give the digestive system a chance to recover. Likewise people with IBS, those with weak digestion, or if you have any sort of digestive discomfort where you can’t pinpoint the problem food.
As with any food, eat mindfully, become aware of how different foods affect you personally, rather than going on what others tell you is ‘healthy’, and if something is not digested easily (with no gas, gurgling, rumbling, cramps, constipation, acidity or bloating), act on what your body is telling you.