Many readers forwarded me a recent NYT blog post entitled, “Kale? Juicing? Trouble Ahead.” The author, Jennifer Berman, who used to juice kale daily, has been a self-proclaimed health fanatic since the 1980s, but she recently developed hypothyroidism—a common ailment for 40+ women. Research suggested that her condition required avoidance of cruciferous veggies such as kale and broccoli, as well as flax, almonds, strawberries, and a host of other nutritious plants with critical vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
After cutting out these foods and moving to daily carrot-celery juice, plus tons of lemon water, the author found herself with five cavities, diagnosed by a dentist who ridiculed her healthy ways and snidely remarked that she’d be “better off with chocolate and cola.” At that point, she started dabbling in Twinkies.
If this story makes you secretly gloat, “Aha, I knew it! These health fads are all bullshit! Off to Krispy Kreme I go!” please think again. Here’s a reality check.