Are Super Foods Kale and Quinoa Actually Bad for You?

Nutritionist says that kale is bad for your thyroid, and quinoa easily irritates the stomach

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Could this pan of delicious-looking kale be harming your health?

It seems you can’t go into a restaurant, grocery store, or corner bodega these days without running into different varieties and forms of kale and quinoa labeled as superfoods. But despite the fact that over two-thirds of consumers have bought a food or drink because of this label, nutrition researchers and scientists do not consider it to be a scientific term, according to National Health Service, UK’s largest health website.

These superfoods may be super-trendy at the moment, but well-known nutritionist Petronella Ravenshear told Vogue this month that “all I can say is these foods should be avoided.”

“They might be exotic and packed full of promise, but do we need to eat little-known berries from far-flung places or the foods of ancient civilizations to stay well?” said Ravenshear. “Superfoods notwithstanding, their lives were short and brutal; the average Aztec lived for 37 years.”

Who knew? Ravenshear elaborated on her aversion to kale and quinoa, as well as goji berries by saying that eating raw green smoothies can cause serious thyroid problems, and that consuming too many grains or goji berries (Chinese berries related to the lychee fruit) can irritate the stomach. Also, according to The Daily Mail, a chemical compound found in goji berries can lead to a syndrome known as leaky gut syndrome with symptons such as bloating, gas, cramps, food sensitivities, and aches and pains. 

Joanna Fantozzi is an Associate Editor with The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @JoannaFantozzi


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Do you actually look into these claims before publishing? You have some responsibility beyond filing a daily word rate.

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"eating raw green smoothies can cause serious thyroid problems" Really?? Where are the citations for this information? Actually where are the citations for any of the information in this article? Ridiculous!

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They should have citations, but it isn't that hard to Google the information yourself.

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Quinoa was cultivated by the Incas!! NOt the Aztecs....Oh My God!

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The fact that Aztecs didn't live into old age had little to do with how much quinoa they ate. It was more likely due to diseases from foreigners and perhaps even food poisoning.

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This article should not have even made it to print.. it's full of misinformation and Joanna should educate herself more before writing more bogus articles like this..

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Maybe someone should tell her that at the time the Aztecs and Incas were in power, the average life expectancy in Europe was also in the mid-30s.

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I didn't know that about the Aztecs .... of course it doesn't relate here. It was the Incas that cultivated Quinoa. And these are people that write for a living ....

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Desinformation propaganda...

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Desinformation propaganda... :(

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She doesn't cite anything, doesn't list any studies, any facts... Come on... Stupid clickbait daily fail. One of the worst excuses for journalism on the net. Next time, listen to a "Dietician" not a "Nutritionist". Anybody can say they are a nutritionist. You need qualifications to be a dietician.

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I certainly dodged those bullets.

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The average age of the Aztecs was 37 because of child mortality, NOT because an adult would be expected to die at age 37.

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I wish she would add cilantro to that list. That stuff is disgusting and ruins many a good meal. UGH!

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Cilantro is added to so many dishes in restaurants that it has ruined eating out for me. Ugh.

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