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Candida Diet: Why Eating Raw Kale Is Not A Good Idea!

August 20, 2019

Greetings. It’s New Zealand naturopath, Eric
Bakker. Thanks for checking out my video. I’m the author of a book called Candida Crusher
and the formulator of a range of supplements called Canxida. Thanks for checking out the
video. A question I get asked all the time from patients
and I’ve just noticed on YouTube, I’ve had quite a few people coming in there asking
me the same question. “Eric, why don’t you recommend raw kale? What’s the problem with
kale? Why can’t I have kale in my smoothies? What’s the issue with it?”
Think about kale and think about the cruciferous family in general, broccoli, Brussel sprouts,
cauliflower, Chinese vegetables, kale, and I think there’s kohlrabi. There are very many
other kinds of vegetables that belong to the cruciferous family. I grow a lot of broccoli.
I love eating fresh broccoli. We grow large cauliflowers. We grow Brussel sprouts. We
grow lots of kale. In our garden, we grow the Russian red curly kale and we grow the
green kale. Coming from Holland, Dutch like me eat a lot of kale. When I grew up, my mom
would often have mashed potatoes and then meat with gravy and a lot of kale with it.
This is a typical winter dish in Holland that we eat.
Raw kale is not good and I’ll tell you why. The cruciferous family of vegetables contain
many different beneficial to your health compounds. We know, for example, kale is very high in
protein. But it also contains a compound called isothiocyanate. That’s a bit of a tongue twister
isn’t it. Isothiocyanate. These are called thiols and these are actually very beneficial
anti-oxidant compounds. They have very powerful health building properties to the body. But
the isothiocyanates, unfortunately, also attack an enzyme in your body called TPO or thyroperoxydase.
The TPO enzyme is very important because it allows iodine molecules to attach to tyrosine.
We’ve got two main thyroid hormones. We’ve got T3 and T4. T3 is called triiodothyronine,
so it’s actually three iodine molecules attached to the amino acid tyrosine. T4 is called thyroxine,
so that’s four molecules of iodine bound to a thyroxine backbone.
The body splits off one iodine molecule to turn T4 into T3, the active thyroid hormone.
There are other thyroid hormones as well. We’ve got T2. We’ve got reverse T3, and we’ve
got many other kinds of thyroid hormones. But the basic ones that our body will utilize
are T3 and T4. T3 is the active form of the thyroid hormone. It’s the one that all the
cells of body use to activate. T3 they reckon is about 80 percent active
and about 20 percent not so active. T4 on the other hand is about 20 percent active
and 80 percent not so active. It needs to be converted. The body’s quite clever. It
can utilize T3 and T4, but T3 is what it really wants to power up all the cells of the body.
All of your cells of your body apart from your cells in the nail and hair contain receptor
sites for the T hormones. This is why when a person has a thyroid condition, just about
any part of the body can play up, the heart, the eyes, the skin can play up, all the organs,
your joints, the muscles, the nerves, they can all play up because they all have receptor
sites for the T hormones. Raw kale, in particular, has a very powerful
effect on the thyroperoxydase enzyme, particularly when it’s raw. When you heat kale up, you
destroy the ability of the isothiocyanate to react to TPO. Cooking kale, no problem.
Steaming kale, no problem. Eating it raw, problem. Go to Google and type in “raw kale
and thyroid” and you’ll find over a million pages that will come up. There are lot of
really good science pages you can read on the ability of the cruciferous family to affect
thyroid function. This is why we call them goitrogens. They can promote the thyroid to
develop a goiter or become enlarged, so goitrogen. Now you know what the word “goitrogen” means.
Goiter means enlarged thyroid. The thyroid can become enlarged if it doesn’t get enough
iodine. It doesn’t get enough iodine if the thyroperoxydase enzyme is going to be affected
by isothiocyanate. Now, you understand why kale, especially raw, is not really good.
Any raw cruciferous vegetables are not the best, but apparently kale is the worst. I’ve
got a good friend in Australia who is an expert in cruciferous vegetables. She’s done quite
a lot of research and studies into these cruciferous vegetables and has always said to me, “Eric,
raw broccoli’s fine. You’re not going to eat a whole bathtub full of raw broccoli because
that’s how much you would need to affect the TPO enzyme. But if you’re going to eat raw
kale, you need a lot less of it to create the same effect.” Raw kale is not a good food.
I don’t care what these darn vegans tell me. The research shows that raw kale can create
thyroid dysfunction. Please avoid any kind of raw kale.
I hope this really answers your question about raw kale, why it’s not so good for your health.
Thanks for tuning in.


  • Reply ProChessPlayer November 18, 2015 at 1:27 am

    Very good video Eric!

  • Reply 7t1Mookie November 18, 2015 at 1:35 am

    Bedankt doc, ik houd het bij stamppot boerenkool.

  • Reply Adam Devine November 18, 2015 at 3:38 am

    How goes it Eric would you happen to know when canxida will be restocked once again on your website

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    Eric do you know when canxida remove will once again be available on

  • Reply Manuel Martinez November 18, 2015 at 7:20 am

    is spinach OK?

  • Reply simonal1989 November 18, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    Many thanks for making this video! I have raw kale as part of my regular smoothies and blends and now I will think twice and just steam it instead.

  • Reply Maria Franzen November 18, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    how about fermented cale?

  • Reply Wildhoney December 12, 2015 at 3:25 am

    right on man! you alone speak the truth about raw kale on you tube, all these other vegans, beat around the truth and try to dress up raw kale. They need to subscribe to your channel!

  • Reply maat he, joseph Andy johns December 31, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    Iv seen on yourtube a girl doing a early morning spit test, to see if she has Candida

  • Reply Paul Briant January 13, 2016 at 4:03 am

    Hi Erik,
    If you have seaweed with the kale is the amount of iodine in the seaweed sufficient enough to offset the TPO requirement after being robbed by the kale's isothiocyanate? I'll be cooking my kale from now on but I was still curious.

  • Reply Stakkss Stakk February 3, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    hey I want to say thanks for everything.. just want to ask how much should I cook it and how much of it I should eat,also can I eat it with chia seeds? and how did our ancestors eat kale without a pot or frying pan ?? and can I make kale salad is it okay ?? and another question sorry, what is the best to eat for a Gout?? my toe

  • Reply Dawn Solomon February 17, 2016 at 4:16 am

    He is telling the truth. I got SICK AS HELL from drinking a bunch of green juice (kale, celery, spinach, lemon, ginger) everyday! Of course, I thought I was doing well and it did help me get off of my sugar/creamer/coffee habit, but the effect of the kale was worse than even caffiene withdrawals!

  • Reply housebrix March 3, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    Raw spinach possible ?

  • Reply DOWSOE April 29, 2016 at 7:33 pm

    Again with the Thyroid…………at least we can still eat it steamed or fry

    what if one dunks kale in boiling water for 3 seconds, so that most benefits are retained as opposed to losing it all in boiling ?

  • Reply S'ambrosia Wasike May 18, 2016 at 11:39 pm

    What about marinated kale? Is it okay if I massage the kale in an avocado/lime/salt rub to break it down?

  • Reply Laurita Fajita May 22, 2016 at 5:43 am

    Dutchie winter dish? Boerenkool stamppot?! Lekker!!! Is it just me or is the typical Dutch diet so dangerous for folks trying to rid candida?! lol!

  • Reply eueueu eueueu May 29, 2016 at 10:37 pm

    lol everything is bad for you! I'll put away the Kale and grab a triple bacon cheese burger, extra salt and ketchup fries, and extra large cookie dough and butterfinger milkshake!

  • Reply MrJeremys2388 June 6, 2016 at 11:54 pm

    ive never had a problem

  • Reply Dominique Jones November 8, 2016 at 8:21 am

    So would baking kale be a better alternative than eating it raw?

  • Reply SJ Therese January 5, 2017 at 3:28 am

    Can you sauté the kale and it's okay??

  • Reply Candice Szachury January 8, 2017 at 1:19 am

    I didn't know about raw kale and have cooked it and never had a problem. Today I put 2 handfuls of raw kale in my vegetable juice and got drunk-like sick with acid reflux and nauseated beyond belief! I know for a fact that cooked kale does not bother me one bit. I eat cooked kale probably 3- 5 times per week and I feel so good afterwards. If that's not proof, I don't know what is! I'm so glad I found this to know exactly what made me so ill.

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  • Reply Salma Abdelarahman February 23, 2017 at 2:17 am

    Thank you very much for the tip. I blended raw kale with coconut almond milk, strawberry, aloe vera juice, and 2 dates. I had diarrhea and gas for 2 days. Was it due to raw kale or aloe vera juice or both? When i consume aloe vera juice alone I never have a problem. Thanks a lot!

  • Reply Salma Abdelarahman February 23, 2017 at 2:17 am

    Thank you very much for the tip. I blended raw kale with coconut almond milk, strawberry, aloe vera juice, and 2 dates. I had diarrhea and gas for 2 days. Was it due to raw kale or aloe vera juice or both? When i consume aloe vera juice alone I never have a problem. Thanks a lot!

  • Reply MrD Hanwell February 24, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    SO to make a Kale shake It would be better to steam it, let it cool, then throw it in a blender?

  • Reply Spencer Steele May 1, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    what if we take 12.5mg iodine daily, would it still be an tissue?

  • Reply Stan lee May 6, 2017 at 7:03 am

    Hi Dr, does this mean drinking kale juice is not advisable?

  • Reply shannon henriques May 14, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    So do u recommend kale for someone with thyroid problems? If yes how?

  • Reply Lucy Belle Scott May 30, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    I've eaten some raw kale in last day or 2, but it was well massaged. I thought it broke it down to make it more digestable. Are you saying that it is still not good to eat, with our hypothyroid, & candida? I'm a little confused.

  • Reply Rory Wynhoff August 13, 2017 at 12:05 am

    Thank you Eric. Very helpful.

  • Reply I am Jane1 August 13, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    Eat your kale & broccoli with seaweed.

  • Reply Kier Collins October 25, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    Hi Eric big thanks for the tip. I was just wondering would kale juice made from a masticating juicer be OK or would it still disrupt T3 and T4 production?

  • Reply Ryan Galvan December 15, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    I eat raw kale all the time this is very good to know wow I hope I’m ok

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  • Reply Yehya Mo7amed123 July 7, 2018 at 10:03 am

    Is ginger good for Candida

  • Reply Jed July 18, 2018 at 10:58 am

    thanks, lets see if my thyroid improves, i have hypothyroidism and i was eating raw kale, I also had a very poor diet on top of that.

  • Reply Jose Serrano August 7, 2018 at 10:35 pm

    So basically I can’t eat anything 😑

  • Reply Michelle Wilson August 8, 2018 at 11:32 am

    oh wow, I've had plenty of juices with kale and salad's from flanneries

  • Reply Airforce 3269 August 28, 2018 at 4:58 pm

    I'm so glad to have found your videos, has helped me so much.

  • Reply Marie Grace Brabandt September 18, 2018 at 11:52 pm

    I'm a vegan and I agree with you. Raw kale make me very sick. There's a lot of things some vegans do I don't agree with. You have to be smart on all eating plans. I follow you and modify my vegan lifestyle accordingly. Thank you!

  • Reply Crescent Cab November 29, 2018 at 12:36 am

    Is raw turnip okay?

  • Reply Crescent Cab December 15, 2018 at 5:07 am

    How about raw broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabi, and radishes?

  • Reply Samuel Aubrey December 30, 2018 at 3:12 pm

    Been eating lots of raw kale and not been feeling so great, guess this makes sense, thanks for the info much appreciated.

  • Reply M S January 6, 2019 at 8:00 am

    can't we just overcompensate with eating lots of Sea Kelp to bring the iodine back up?

  • Reply Akhi Hussein February 23, 2019 at 12:05 am

    So how do we fix damage from kale to our thyroid once its occurred?

  • Reply Homo Erectus The Essene June 14, 2019 at 11:31 am

    Listened to this moments after eating slightly blanched kale and cabbage, was gonna eat it completely raw, but at last moment wanted to soften it.geez…and thnx.p.s.after looking up the definition of blanched decided to backtrack…the water in a skillet was not boiling, but it was on like 5-6 out 10 high for about 5 minutes.but I definitely will not eat it raw in the future.

  • Reply Jed July 8, 2019 at 6:18 am

    What about kale powder in a capsule

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