Fashionistas eating too much kale? You may never eat kale again

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    Feb 02, 2013 1:01 AM GMT
    Pity - was going to start looking for the stuff... probably still will.

    http://www.theatlanticwire.com/national/2013/01/you-may-never-eat-kale-again/61637/

    Tim Murphy of The New York Times recently reported that fashionistas, in the quest to be ever-thinner, have been making themselves sick by consuming massive amounts of kale. The hearty green is good for you, yes, but apparently not in the quantities that fashionistas have been eating. Dr. Robert Glatter told Murphy that he’s treated some fashion people for diarrhea as a result of inhaling the vegetable as though they were “koalas munching eucalyptus leaves.”
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    Feb 02, 2013 2:52 AM GMT
    It's funny how kale became this trendy thing after many years of being thought of as soul food or redneck/hillbilly food.
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    Feb 02, 2013 3:31 AM GMT
    I thought this was going to be about how kale is one of the worst vegetables in terms of retaining residual pesticides and dirt. But whatever makes you thinner, be it poison "roughage" or diarrhea!
  • Whipmagic

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    Feb 02, 2013 4:17 AM GMT
    I like kale, just as I like spinach, broccoli, rapini, etc. I guess I'm truly perverted...
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    Feb 02, 2013 4:19 AM GMT
    it's good sauteed in bacon grease with brussels sprouts.
  • kiwi_nomad

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    Feb 02, 2013 4:22 AM GMT
    I can't even find Kale here in Australia...
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    Feb 02, 2013 4:23 AM GMT
    Ah hah. I saw some monstrous bags of kale at costco last weekend, but I passed because there is no way I could eat all of that before it went bad.
    Silly fashionistas.
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    Feb 02, 2013 4:27 AM GMT
    Everything in moderation...
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    Feb 02, 2013 4:31 AM GMT
    I used to think kale was just a non edible garnish that looked like something that would be good to wash the car with. Then I read the benefits, ate it and loved it. I have it two ways, in my Vitamix or cooked lightly in olive oil. Kale rocks.icon_wink.gif
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    Feb 02, 2013 4:38 AM GMT
    I pop at least a cup of organic kale on most of my blended protein shakes, sometimes replace it with spinach. As long as you watch out for hypervitaminosis A, I've never had any trouble with it.
  • mikeeugene

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    Feb 02, 2013 4:57 AM GMT
    I grow kale in my garden, next to the Kohlrabi. It is hearty enough to make it through light frost just fine. Eating it is no odder than eating its close cousins, cabbage, brussels sprouts, or cauliflower.

    Despite stupid fashionistas and fashionistos, I'll continue to eat the healthy foods that I like eating.

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    Feb 02, 2013 5:07 AM GMT
    mindgarden saidAh hah. I saw some monstrous bags of kale at costco last weekend, but I passed because there is no way I could eat all of that before it went bad.
    Silly fashionistas.


    The reason they sell kale in big bunches is that it cooks down to much smaller bulk if you steam or "boil" it. It is funny how you need a pretty big pot and a very small amount of water, then get the water hot and pack the pot with what seems to be enough greenery to start a major compost pile. In a short while the pot will be about 15% full.
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    Feb 02, 2013 5:29 AM GMT
    guyfromnz saidI can't even find Kale here in Australia...


    Its here on the west coast.. should be available there too at fresh food markets, forget Woolworths / Safeway or Coles - their produce is refuse.

    Make sure you wash it well, it is prone to carry pesticides, bacteria etc due to its growing conditions.
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    Feb 02, 2013 5:40 AM GMT
    It's just so bitter. Maybe if I mixed it with other veggies...
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    Feb 02, 2013 5:48 AM GMT
    guyfromnz saidI can't even find Kale here in Australia...


    That's because the koalas were inhaling the vegetable as if they were "fashionistas munching kale."



    But seriously kale shouldn't be bitter. One it gets a few light frosts it's actually quite sweet. Now rapini (aka broccoli raab), that is a truly bitter green.
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    Feb 02, 2013 12:03 PM GMT
    I grow Kale and eat it raw out of the garden all the time, but i've never had an issue with insects. Do you really think they have to spray the store bought stuff. Honestly I didn't watch the clip... I do believe in everything in moderation though and these garnishings like kale and parsley are really good for you.
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    Feb 02, 2013 12:06 PM GMT
    Whipmagic saidI like kale, just as I like spinach, broccoli, rapini, etc. I guess I'm truly perverted...
    Nah, you're a FASHIONISTA! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Feb 02, 2013 12:11 PM GMT
    That's funny never thought of kale and last night my corner restaurant added a kale Caesar salad. Thank God I ordered the lamb burger instead!
  • HottJoe

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    Feb 02, 2013 3:51 PM GMT
    Gross!

    (not the kale, the bony fashionistas)
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    Feb 02, 2013 5:26 PM GMT
    eagermuscle saidI thought this was going to be about how kale is one of the worst vegetables in terms of retaining residual pesticides and dirt. But whatever makes you thinner, be it poison "roughage" or diarrhea!


    It's true, it always feels a bit dusty when I take it out of the bag so I make sure I wash it a lot. I find it a bit hard going eating a lot of it. I think it would be nice spanish style, mix it up with some chickpeas diced bacon and some olive oil then bake it in a dish. Might try it next week.
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    Feb 03, 2013 9:55 PM GMT
    If it's massive amounts of raw kale then that would be unhealthy. The goitrogens in the raw kale could cause you to develop hypothyroidism if eaten in large quantities.
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    Feb 03, 2013 10:02 PM GMT
    dcblue saidIt's just so bitter. Maybe if I mixed it with other veggies...


    It's only bitter is it's too mature and you are consuming more stem than leaf.

    The kale I grow tastes better than spinach and requires no seasoning.