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“This story makes my eyes roll," she says. "Articles like this can be so confusing to the general public. Unfortunately, people will see the headline and use it as a another reason not to eat kale. Here's the thing: Anything in large amounts can be dangerous.”
For most people, though, it's unlikely that you're eating anywhere near a dangerous amount—and far more likely that they're adding beneficial nutrients to your diet.
In the case of kale, its root systems are good at picking up thallium, an odorless, tasteless metal found in very trace amounts in the earth, she says.
However, that’s not unique to kale. One Journal of Plant Nutrition study, for instance, found thallium in green beans, beetroots, green cabbage, lettuce, onions, peas, radishes, spinach, tomatoes, turnips, and watercress. The heaviest hitters were watercress, radish, turnip, and green cabbage. Like kale, these are all members of the Brassicaceae family. It’s likely these plants pass on greater levels of thallium to eaters because we eat their stems, and that’s what absorbs the contaminant—granted it’s in the ground in the first place, says Caspero. “Thallium is primarily produced from coal-burning and smelting and then enters the air, water, and soil. It can be absorbed by plants and can also build up in fish and shellfish.”
originally posted by: halfoldman
And then we all did the Auroch dance and drank magic berries.
And twenty years later, here comes this woman and says somebody touched my boobies, and my bum-bum.
And the Cro-Magnon society is like, yeah but did you hunt your own steak?
If you like eating it, you owe it to a man, so STFU.