Can you eat kale raw?

In this brief guide we are going to answer the query, “can you eat kale raw?”. We will also discuss how you can eat raw kales, the health benefits of eating raw kales, their side effects, and caution when taking them raw.

Can you eat kale raw?

Yes, you can eat kale both raw and cooked. Cancer studies have even shown that the consumption of raw kales has high nutritional values and also health benefits. You eat the kale with all its nutrients and antioxidants as compared to when cooked.

How can you eat raw kale?

  • In salads
  • In Smoothies

In salads

Cut the leaves into fine thin strips and some lemon, some sharp, and salty pecorino. Its rough texture and slightly bitter taste perfectly blend in with this salad.

In smoothies

Slice the leaves of kales and blend together with some fruits in a blender and make yourself a healthy tasty smoothie.

What are the health benefits of eating raw kales?

  • Promotes healthy pregnancy – They have Vitamin K which helps blood vessels remain strong during pregnancy
  • Boosts immune health – They have folate and Vitamin C which acts as an immune booster
  • Eliminates fatigue – They have isothiocyanates that activate Nrf2 proteins which increase the number of mitochondria in our bodies.
  • Promotes vision health – They have lutein and zeaxanthin which aid in vision 
  • Enhances brain health – They have omega-3s which aid in brain enhancement
  • Aids in detoxification – Have fibers that aid in detoxification
  • Improves digestion – They have fibers and water that aid in proper digestion.
  • Improves bone health – They are rich in minerals like calcium and magnesium which aid in bone strengthening and formation.
  • Fights inflammation – They have antioxidants that help fight inflammation and also aid in the prevention of cancer development.
  • Improves hair and skin health – They contain Vitamin C which aids in skincare and collagen formation
  • Supports urinary health – They contain calcium which helps prevent kidney stones.
  • Aids in weight loss – They have low calories and high fiber which aid in weight loss.
  • Promotes healthy pregnancy – They have Vitamin K which helps blood vessels remain strong during pregnancy
  • Boosts immune health – They have folate and Vitamin C which acts as an immune booster
  • Eliminates fatigue – They have isothiocyanates that activate Nrf2 proteins which increase the number of mitochondria in our bodies.

What are the said defects of eating raw kales?

Eating raw kales may prove hard for digestion and may cause stomach upset and bloating, kales should therefore be taken in minimal amounts to enable more time for digestion.

Poorly washed kales may have chemicals that were sprayed on the leaves and if consumed may be harmful to your body.

If eaten in large quantities they may cause hyperthyroidism. Studies have shown some concerts in which women who eat raw kale in large amounts cause some issues with their thyroid.

People with kidney stones are advised not to eat kale since it has oxalates which can cause pain and also kidney stone development in the future.

The bottom line

Eating raw kale is good for your health since one consumes it with all its nutritional components and antioxidants but one should eat kale moderately to avoid complications and side effects brought about by too much consumption of this raw vegetable leaf.

I suggest you make yourself a smoothie if you don’t like the taste of a salad and then you can enjoy all the nutritional contents and antioxidants to help you enjoy your day and still stay healthy.

As for me, “I will take three cups of smoothies please,” how many will you take?

Conclusion

In this brief guide we have answered the query, “can you eat kale raw?”. We have also discussed how you can eat raw kales, the health benefits of eating raw kales, their side effects, and caution when taking them raw.

Citations

https://www.thekitchn.com/five-ways-to-eat-97839
https://vukoo.com/blogs/mindful-reads/what-the-kale-4-vegetables-you-shouldnt-eat-raw
https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/270435
https://www.thelist.com/182884/when-you-eat-kale-every-day-this-is-what-happens-to-your-body/

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