Field Notes

If you’ve set foot in a grocery store or juice bar in the last decade, you’re aware that kale is having something of an extended moment in the spotlight. A relative of cauliflower, broccoli and Brussels sprouts, this hearty veggie is the all-star of leafy greens.

But, is kale healthy? As you’ll soon find out, there’s a reason they call it a superfood…

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Ever notice how Fido or Furball sometimes munches on grass or weeds? It turns out dogs and cats like their greens just as we humans do. Though their diet should be primarily comprised of protein, pets also eat plant matter for digestive aid, nutrients and detoxification. When their body needs it, they make use of whatever’s handy (including―but not limited to―your lawn).

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If you count potato chips, a lot of Americans have been eating a semi-plant-based diet for years… which begs the question: What exactly is a plant-based diet? Researchers at the American College of Cardiology recently studied three iterations of plant-based diets to find that, while a higher intake of whole grains, fruits, and vegetables was associated with a “substantially lower risk of heart disease,” a plant-based diet that emphasized “less healthy plant foods like sweetened beverages, refined grains, potatoes and sweets had the opposite effect.” 

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Familiar with the sulfuric odor of a broccoli field? (We certainly are!) That stinky smell actually comes from sulforaphane, a compound present in cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and kale.

Believe it or not, this malodorous component has been shown to inhibit the development and growth of cervical, pancreatic, hepatocellular carcinoma and ovarian cancer cells in the human body.

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