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I wish I can find kale in Malaysia but unfortunately I can't. When I went to Perth last Nov for a holiday, my godmom got me fresh kale because she knew I was into juicing and smoothies. I used the kale to juice with other fruits. It was great! I would have made green smoothies with it as well had I had a blender at my disposal which I didn't.

For those of you living in countries where kale can be found easily and cheap, you don't know how lucky you are.

Posted by Bec on January 26, 2012 4:38 PM

Have you thought about growing kale? You could order seeds online and grow them in a pot in a yard or on a patio. If you don't have a patio or any space outside you could grow kale microgreens. All you need for that is a sunny window!

Posted by Admin on August 29, 2012 12:31 PM

Eat kale grown with the organic method so that all the nutrition is kept intact, and no toxic, systemic pesticides have made their way into the leaves where they cannot be washed off. Then, kale is a beneficial, highly nutritious vegetable, prepared deliciously when steamed with diced onions, and garlic, a little bit of salt and pepper.

When grown with petrochemical pest controls, kale is number 12 in the Dirty Dozen, tying with collar greens and slightly less than lettuce. Chemical pesticides are toxins, and they cannot be good for you even when growing what could otherwise be a healthy food. A lot of them are toxic to the central nervous system --including the brain and spinal column, others may disrupt the endocrine function in the body which secrets hormones directly into the blood stream; they may increase the risk of cancers and other diseases. We should all take precautions to reduce our exposure to pesticides including the residues on foods that we eat.

You can reduce your exposure on food by purchasing delicious organic foods. Under the law, organic farmers cannot use chemical pesticides or genetically modified organisms which increase pesticide exposure. If you shift your focus from eating foods on the dirty dozen pesticide list to the clean food list, you will have a measurable shift in the amount of pesticides in your body.

For more information on the foods with the highest and lowest rate of pesticides, go to the Environmental Working Group's Shopper's Guide to Pesticides at: http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/

Posted by Susan on January 27, 2012 9:38 PM

You lose a lot of nutrients when you steam or cook it. Raw or juicing it is the best way to go.

Posted by Anonymous on March 8, 2012 5:06 AM

Good point Susan....there is no point in trying to get and stay healthy unless you only use organic foods and pure water. What big business is doing to our planet is truly a despicable crime. I look forward to the day when they are put out of business for good!

Posted by Randall on March 5, 2012 9:03 AM

Step 1 : Put kale on pan and sprinkle cheese of choice atop kale (ie. Parmesan)

Step 2 : Oven on low for 10 - 15 minutes

Step 3 : Enjoy crunchy kale chips

Posted by Eat kale on March 26, 2012 7:57 PM

Why cant you just wash the kale thoroughly to clean it, just like you do greens or any other vegetable. Organic is good, but most organic prices are ridiculous.

Posted by country girl on March 29, 2012 2:50 PM

Or better than buying organic - grow your own. I have a garden full right now and I plan to utilize all I can of it.

Posted by Edith Parker on May 8, 2012 4:50 AM

So true, Edith! Growing your own organic food is the most economical way to go. For people who don't have a garden or patio I recommend growing microgreens since they really only need a sunny windowsill. Even if you do have the space, microgreens are awesome. I have some kale microgreens growing in my greenhouse right now.

Posted by Admin on August 29, 2012 12:46 PM

It makes for a delicious snack. I make kale chips. just break it up into pieces place on cookie sheet drizzle grape seed, sesame or olive oil, sprinkle some salt to taste and bake in oven on 375° for 10min or until crispy. Delicious!!!

Posted by diana on June 26, 2012 4:13 AM

KAle which is also known as "new Beef". A multi-nutrition eating thing. Kale is low in calorie, high in fiber and has 0 fat. 1 cup of kale has only 36 calories, 5 grams of fiber and 0 grams of fat. As i said it is also filled with so many nutrients, vitamins, folate and magnesium.

Posted by Shane on July 10, 2012 5:12 AM

Does anyone know can dogs eat kale?

Posted by ftr on July 19, 2012 3:32 AM

I'm doing a detox right now and eating tons of kale - kale banana smoothies, kale juice, steamed kale, sautéed kale, kale kale kale. lol

Posted by TJ on August 14, 2012 3:45 AM

Regarding regular or organic kale I try to buy organic because washing it isn't enough. The pesticides seep into the plant cells when they are grown in that stuff. You can't wash it off.

Posted by brad on August 16, 2012 2:20 AM

Kale is such an amazing vegetable. I did not know about the vitamin A. Thanks for the info.

I juice kale with cucumber, celery, green apples, lemon, ginger commonly known as the mean green juice and I love it. I have at least two juices a day. Last night I began to have a soar throat and chills. I had a green juice and my soar throat, and chills were gone within hours. Normally I would have been sick for days and maybe a week. This juice with the kale works.

Denise

Posted by Denise Forest on August 17, 2012 4:48 PM

Kale is very nutritious for us. But i don't like to eat it. I think I should change.

Posted by ida on August 20, 2012 9:02 PM

What a wonderful inspiration to eat healthier. I knew about the benefits of kale but just haven't gotten around to eating it more often. I'm going to have some sautéed kale tonight and wash it down with a nice glass of wine!

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Posted by birthday greetings on August 25, 2012 6:05 AM

One of the benefits of kale for me has been more regular bowel movements. I'm not too embarrassed to say it. Eat more kale!

Posted by Girardo on August 28, 2012 11:43 PM

I could eat kale all day long! I must've been a rabbit in a past life.

Posted by Rusty on August 29, 2012 12:43 AM

I eat kale for dinner in some form at least once a week. I can't really eat kale for breakfast in a smoothie because the idea of greens in the morning doesn't agree with me.

Posted by Anonymous on August 29, 2012 1:26 AM

Kale is really good for dieting. Completely agree with that. It has no fat. And it absolutely awesome and also has helpful vitamins.

Posted by David Frequent on September 2, 2012 5:59 AM

As a result of being diagnosed with early stage macular degeneration, my hospital recommended to me to add KALE to my diet.

Please could you include in your page "9 Health Benefits of Kale"

( http://www.healthdiaries.com/eatthis/9-health-benefits-of-kale.html )

The fact that KALE is very high in LUTEIN. The most important ability of LUTEIN in our diet is the prevention of MACULAR DEGENERATION, one of today's most important causes of blindness.

Although MACULAR DEGENERATION doesn't cause TOTAL blindness, it may just as well do, because it removes the eye's ability to MAKE SENSE of anything, which only takes place in the macula area of the retina. To make sense of any part of the field of vision, we automatically turn our eyes to place what we want to see (a word, when reading; a face, in order to recognise it) in the centre. When the macula fails, all central vision is lost, so detail can not be seen, which is completely debilitating - not total blindness but it may as well be.

My mother has completely lost central vision through macular degeneration. She used to be a wonderful artist and has many pictures to her credit; she used to make ornaments which she now cannot look at, never mind MAKE; she used to be able to read, and to look at peoples' faces to see their smiles as she talked to them. She used to be able to watch TV. Now all she can see is the vague outline of what is around her, the view which disappears as she tries to look at it! She's 94 and her brain still works.

The cruel irony is that she used to feed us all KALE, lots of which my father used to grow, when we were kids!

Could you please emphasise this in your KALE page, where it is totally missing currently?

Thanks

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