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What should I know about kale?

I just purchased my first ever bunch of Kale!  I have never eaten it before and I am quite excited to try it out in my nutribullet. I came across this article whilst googling Kale and was just wondering what other people thought?  The internet is so full of information, but its hard to filter through the facts! Is it better to eat raw or cooked, and do people have it everyday like they do spinach? There are a couple of controversial things about kale that are worth mentioning," says Orceyre, who explains that its large concentration of Vitamin K can be a problem for people taking blood thinners and other medications because it promotes clotting; the green also contains oxalates, which in lab tests have been associated with kidney stones and some gallstones. Raw kale in particular "can be hard on the digestive system" — meaning it can cause bloating, gas and other abdominal issues — "and also contains a compound that can suppress thyroid function in certain people," she adds. That's why she doesn't recommend eating the vegetable uncooked or juicing it more than once or twice a week, though she says you can eat as much of the cooked veggie as you like.

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http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/nutritious-raw-kale-3399.html
Great reference Captainbob!

jaimee - both raw and cooked kale should be included in your diet, however just like with all foods, rotating your greens and a wide variety are key!
http://www.nutriliving.com/blog/top-3-reasons-rotate-your-greens

Kale does have large amounts of vitamin K, however if you are not taking a blood thinner, then this is actually a great benefit of leafy greens.
Oxalates are naturally occurring in certain foods with spinach being one of the higher leafy greens. If you are not prone to calcium oxalate kidney stones then this isn't something I would worry about as long as you are eating a reasonable portion (most people do not overdo it on the kale!!) and again, rotating your greens!
Goitrogens are important to consider if you are suffering from a thyroid condition, otherwise this should not be a concern.
Cooking has been said to reduce oxalates and goitrogens.
Since each of us are unique this blanket statement from this article may be confusing and may not be relevant for you. As far as "digestive health" goes - if you are finding them hard to digest, then there may be some other things you can do to help your body utilize this great ingredients - (digestive enzymes, cooking it, probiotics, other food intolerances affecting your digestion, etc.)
http://www.nutriliving.com/blog/feeling-bloated

Hopefully that helps you sort out the info!

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