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tobelowcarber 05-01-2013 11:01 AM

Carbs in Kale
Wow, I never realized that kale has so many carbs for a leafy veggie. There is 2.84 cabs per oz. That's more than carrots. I am eating more carbs now so that's not a problem, but I am surprised that are so many carbs for so much bitterness :) Yes, it is healthy that's why I am trying to eat more of it.

Ntombi 05-01-2013 11:14 AM

It takes a LOT of kale to make an ounce. Unlike carrots.

ravenrose 05-01-2013 04:43 PM

yes, I keep reminding people of the carbs in kale. it shocked me. they surely add up!

Jrw85705 05-01-2013 05:41 PM

I like to use the baby kale in my salad but because of the carbs I use 1 part kale to 3 parts spring mix.

lisamt 05-01-2013 07:08 PM


Originally Posted by Jrw85705 (Post 16404225)
I like to use the baby kale in my salad but because of the carbs I use 1 part kale to 3 parts spring mix.

I get a mix of baby kale and spinach that is great for salads. The baby kale is far less bitter. :)

krissakris 05-01-2013 07:58 PM

I almost had kale today, im glad I read this!

Strawberry 05-01-2013 08:18 PM

Seriously... if you are getting fat from eating kale, you have a problem.

Eyma 05-01-2013 11:20 PM

It's on the allowed foods list of Phase 1 (as opposed to the mentioned carrots) and only slightly carbier than spinach, so not sure one should be worried about eating it? I love kale and am actually having it at lunch today.

August Moon 05-02-2013 12:37 AM

I hate kale. I would rather eat the shreds from the paper shredder. :p

nolcjunk 05-02-2013 05:45 AM


Originally Posted by Strawberry (Post 16404455)
Seriously... if you are getting fat from eating kale, you have a problem.

Agreed. I've never heard of anyone eating a ton of kale or binging on it. The few carbs in it are far outweighed by the vitamins and minerals and fiber and volume that keeps you full.

Patience 05-02-2013 05:55 AM

Try kale right out of the garden . . . the best way!
Kale is great in soups. I like how it holds it shape.
Home made kale chips are a great snack, too.

avid 05-02-2013 05:57 AM

I believe that Kale is the most nutrient dense vegetable known. Yes, it's a little carby but seriously, how many leaves of kale does it take to give you those couple of carbs?
We low carb types have to be very aware of the nutritional value of the foods we eat. I eat kale daily and I have consistantly lost weight, and though I am very close to my ultimate goal, i'm still losing.
Kale is a winner

misty1028 05-02-2013 06:12 AM

I love Kale, you'd have to eat alot of kale to get to 1 oz. The whole bag doesn't weight much at all. I make kale chips all the time plus add it to my soup. Plus induction friendly.

4myfuture 05-02-2013 06:56 AM

There is a lot of fiber in kale, I thought?

cfine 05-02-2013 07:32 AM

Kale is a good thing people!!! You can eat a whole cup cooked for only a few net carbs.

Spod 05-02-2013 08:15 AM

I eat about 1/3 of a trader joes bag of kale at a clip and have no problems maintaining LC and consistent weight loss. I think Kale is about as good as it gets for nutritional value in veggies. Don't fear it! Just limit if you're following a very LC plan

raindroproses 05-02-2013 08:45 AM

Agreed, kale is actually one of the better veggies out there... anything that's STILL that low in carbs after such a large quantity (as others were saying, it weighs so little versus what carrots weigh so 1oz of kale is a LOT of kale!) is something I still eat. And I only eat less than 20 carbs daily TOTAL, not deducting fiber. As with any other lower carb veggie though, I still moderate my portion size and don't overdo it :)

fiddlejen 05-02-2013 08:55 AM

You can see why Kale is a much better low-carb veggie than spinach if you cook them both from raw.

1 large bagful of spinach cooks down to a teeny tiny amount of cooked spinach, rather quickly.

Kale has so much fiber that it holds it's size & shape, and compared to spinach it takes up almost as much volume after it's cooked, as beforehand.

So to get the same carbs as spinach--much less carrots!!--you'd have to eat a Much larger volume of kale.

Suzee 05-02-2013 09:01 AM

Okay, I've added kale into what I eat over the past few months, and I usually pair it with some other green. I'm not a fan of the taste, but usually have a little garlic or some other herb to tone it down a bit.

Now...how do you make "Kale Chips"? :confused:

abby! 05-02-2013 09:11 AM

Oh my. The benefits of kale outweighs by far the few carbs. By far.

Spod 05-02-2013 05:45 PM

Kale chips: spread kale pieces on a lined cookie sheet and mist on olive oil with a misto or drizzle some on. Sprinkle salt, pepper, other spices to taste. Bake at 350 for about 10 min. They get a bit crispy in appearance, but not burnt. Delish!

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