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22 Hipster Health Trends That Need to Just Stop

Kale, the beloved hipster vegetable

Kale is a potent superfood that has found its way into the hipster sphere of influence. TheĀ cruciferous vegetable has gained fame for its high vitamin and mineral content, as well as its ability to fight heart disease. But with the good inevitably comes the bad, and kale is no exception. Studies have found that consuming large quantities of this green in raw form can suppress the production of the thyroid hormone responsible for regulating metabolism. This stems from a compound found in kale called progoitrin, which can interfere with the thyroid gland, along with thiocyanate ions, which can push out the iodine your thyroid needs to function properly. Eating an excessive amount of kale can cause you to experience hormonal irregularities that induce fluctuations in blood sugar, weight, and metabolic health.

If you really enjoy this leafy vegetable, try cooking it to destroy the harmful molecules, or simply switch up your salad base. Just be sure to break away from this trend to avoid overdoing it.