Kale has always been a favourite of mine as it is so healthy, and you feel great eating it! According to this New York Times article, “Kale Salads Are Hot in Manhattan Social Circles”, kale is over taking traditional fancier foods as the “in” thing to eat.
Regardless of how popular it is, kale is so great for your health! It is low in calories, but high in fibre, vitamins and minerals, making it an excellent substitute for your usual salad greens or spinach.
Because kale is rich in antioxidants, it protects your cells against oxidative damage, thereby protecting you from developing cancerous cells. Given that kale is a member of the cruciferous vegetable family, Brassicaceae (also home to broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, bok choi, kohlrabi, brussels sprouts and others), it contains constituents such as DIM, I3C, sulforaphane, and calcium-D-glucarate which are anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and aid in metabolizing excess estrogens.
And my recipe for Simple + Perfect Kale Chips. Always a favourite!
*A note on goitrogens: For those with hypothyroidism, or slow metabolism caused my insufficient thyroid function, eating goitrogens can impair iodine uptake by the thyroid and lead to insufficient thyroid hormone production. Raw cruciferous vegetables contain goitrogens but cooking them will alleviate this problem.