The world's first-ever kale-eating contest is going down this weekend at the Taste of Buffalo food festival in upstate New York, according to the Associated Press. We're serious. On Saturday, crowds of people will gather to see how many leafy greens a human being can eat in eight minutes. And whoever manages to swallow the most kale will take home the "Kale Cup" and a whopping $2,000. Bet you wish you listened to your parents when they told you to eat your vegetables, huh?
All this veggie talk leaves us with one important question, though: What exactly happens to your body after eating piles upon piles (upon piles) of kale? Bonnie Taub-Dix, MA,RDN,CDN, director and owner of BTD Nutrition Consultants, LLC, filled us in.
"Anything you eat too much of — even if that's just apples — could make you sick in some respect at some point. People who enter these contests train their bodies and esophagus to literally open up to consume an amount of food average people wouldn't consume ever. It's literally just falling into their systems," Taub-Dix says. "After a contest, their bodies are totally messed up — I wouldn't want to be home to welcome the guy who just downed 70 hot dogs. The same goes for kale."