No list of super foods seems to be complete without the inclusion of the dark leafy green kale. Touted for its remarkable list of nutritional advantages, kale is recommended for everything from stir fry to smoothies to chips. But, in the case of kale, does the old adage of there being no such thing of as too much of a good thing hold true for kale or can too much kale hold risk for consumers?
Benefits of Kale
Kale is rich in antioxidants and packed with a long list of nutrients. It is one of the greatest sources of vitamin K, and also offers vitamins A, C, and E as well as fiber, flavonoids and more. Kale is credited with fighting certain cancers, improving heart health, detoxifying the body, and more. The calorie conscious like that it offers all of this nutrition at a low calorie count.
Risks of Kale Overload?
For the most part, risks of kale overload seem to be overstated. While there is some evidence that too much kale could potentially impede proper function of the thyroid, the amount a person would have to consume is far beyond what most anyone would eat on a daily basis. Dr. Shilipi Agarwal tells Fitness Magazine a person would have to eat roughly 12 cups of kale in a single day to reach levels that would affect thyroid function.
Upon further examination the risk of kale overload seems to be minimal, but there is wisdom in not overloading any diet with too much of the same food. Different foods provide different nutritional advantages, so by eating a variety of healthy foods people gain the greatest variety of health advantages. Include kale in the regular rotation of super foods consumed, but also include other dark, leafy greens, like kale and collards.