It might be hard to imagine considering all the postive light kale has been reciving recently. Even Beyonce see’s the benefits of adding kale to your diet.. and apparel. Even with the stated benefits of kale people are still wondering if it’s really all that good for you.
Well I’ve done the research for you to answer this question. It’s amazing what you can find on the internet these days, answers to practically any question on the planet and of course any opinion on the planet. While I try to keep my opinions subjective and based on actual medical and scientific fact, I do have my own thoughts on things that I’ve share in some of my posts. But this one it all relative. I’ve included links to several trustworthy sources as well as a medical study done comparing calcium intake from kale and milk. (guess which one came out on top?).
Kale is amazing, at least to me. It’s a hearty green plant that can withstand almost anything – weather, heat, drought, bugs.. you name it. I grew Kale in my garden last year and it was the most durable vegetable throughout the entire season. It was also quite delicious.
So, lets take a look at the question – Is raw kale bad for you?
Personally, I think no. (obvs, because I eat it all the time) and it would seem many of the trustworthy sources somewhat agree. Let’s just say I never found a bad article related to consuming raw kale. An article from LiveStrong entitled ‘Why Can’t You Digest Raw Vegetables?‘ stated that raw veggies are full of fibre (both soluable and insoluable) and can sometimes be hard to digest, however no one vegetable was highlighted. They suggested that if you personally are finding it hard to digest raw foods, cook them to make the fibres easier to digest and to keep your body happy.
Interestingly enough WebMD had some interesting points to say about Kale (and personally I was suprised as this source is usually biased on the side of pharmasuticals than natural healing). The article actually says that kale is a superfood and goes on to state the amazing benefits, vitamins and minerals in kale that can be absorbed. They also suggest how to eat it, one being a raw kale ceaser salad. Even MindBodyGreen states how beneficial it is to add Kale to your diet, cooked or raw.
Looking into more of the medical side of it the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine states that ‘the most healthful calcium sources are green leafy vegetables and legumes, or “greens and beans” for short. Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, collards, kale, mustard greens, Swiss chard, and other greens are loaded with highly absorbable calcium and a host of other healthful nutrients’. There’s even a medical study proving that leafy greens, like kale, contain more absorbable calcium than dairy products.
So, what’s the verdict? Well, from the information I’ve provided it would appear kale is equally as nutritious cooked or raw. The important part is to ensure it is good quality kale (organic) and if you are going to consume it raw massaging kale with a dressing or some lemon juice can ‘wilt’ the leaves and make them easier to enjoy.
What are your thoughts on Kale? Do you prefer it raw or cooked? Have any awesome Kale recipes?