Raw Kale Has a Dark Side ….

And a good side!

Long term problems can come with daily Kale Smoothies.  Ever heard of oxalates?  Would you like to know how you can make your morning Kale smoothie less toxic and more nutrient rich?  Many of us want to start our day with a Monster Green Drink chocked full of Nutrients, right?

Kale smoothies are very popular today and can be very tasty but what we don’t know can hurt us long term.

What some people may not know about Kale and a few other greens is that they naturally contain oxalic acid which is a toxin made from a mixture of fungus and yeast which can cause many problems such as gout, kidney stones, and even muscle pains.  Oxalic acid is naturally in Kale to protect it from insects, animals, and fungi.

So what can you do to reduce the oxalic acid in your smoothie?  Rotate your greens!  Don’t eat the same green smoothie every day.  Also, if you are drinking green smoothies to take in more greens – instead try steaming them to help protect your thyroid and ensure you get all the nutrients that kale provides such as vitamin A, C, and K.

Kale and other cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, etc. can block production of thyroid hormones. Basically, goitrogens inhibit uptake of iodine into the thyroid gland, which slows the production of thyroid hormones.

Not just Kale contains oxalate other high sources of oxalate are, from highest to lowest, – buckwheat, black pepper, parsley, poppy seed, rhubarb, amaranth, spinach, chard, beets, chocolate, most nuts, most berries, and beans.

Are you adding fat to Green Smoothie?  A fat free smoothie can be a waste of nutrients.  Many of the vitamins and nutrients can’t be absorbed without enough fat.

When you select your kale try dinosaur kale it has less oxalic acid.

So rotate those greens, steam that kale, enjoy that green smoothie with a little good fat!


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