Are cruciferous vegetables bad?

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Are cruciferous vegetables bad?

Postby LouieLizard » Mon Jul 22, 2019 12:16 pm

OK so I have always heard that collard, mustard, and turnip greens are the best staple greens for bearded dragons. But I keep hearing stuff about them being bad and containing goitrogens(supposedly bad for thyroids?). I've also heard that kale, swiss chard and spinach should be fed moderately because of calcium binding, and also because they have higher levels of goitrogens. So how bad of an issue is this? Is it something to be concerned about because that would cut out a lots of vegetables to feed. I generally feed dandelion greens, which as far as I'm aware, do not apply to this, so they are safe, but there only available early in the summer before they seed and die. Can someone please explain this to me? :help:
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Re: Are cruciferous vegetables bad?

Postby CooperDragon » Tue Jul 23, 2019 10:15 am

I think that if you provide a nice variety of veges then that's the most important thing. A balanced diet should overcome the shortfalls of any one item. I've been feeding all of those greens at one point or another for years and have seen no problems.
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Re: Are cruciferous vegetables bad?

Postby LouieLizard » Tue Jul 23, 2019 12:29 pm

CooperDragon wrote:I think that if you provide a nice variety of veges then that's the most important thing. A balanced diet should overcome the shortfalls of any one item. I've been feeding all of those greens at one point or another for years and have seen no problems.

Thank you! I'll try to mix it up more.
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Re: Are cruciferous vegetables bad?

Postby claudiusx » Tue Jul 23, 2019 3:08 pm

I agree completely with cooper. A varied diet is key!

I too have fed all those items for years with great success. However I'll admit I dont feed kale and spinach very often.

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Re: Are cruciferous vegetables bad?

Postby LouieLizard » Wed Jul 24, 2019 7:42 am

claudiusx wrote:I agree completely with cooper. A varied diet is key!

I too have fed all those items for years with great success. However I'll admit I dont feed kale and spinach very often.

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Thank you! I recently started pre-making his salads and storing them in the refrigerator. I used to just give some greens a few times a week but this is much better. A half hour or so of preparation and then I don't have to do anything for the rest of the week except put it in his dish. :D
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Re: Are cruciferous vegetables bad?

Postby claudiusx » Wed Jul 24, 2019 7:58 am

I do the same. I'm a bad beardie slave. If I don't prep ahead of time for the week, I get lazy and sometimes they don't get a salad! :dontknow:

But, that's the same for me personally too. If I don't meal prep myself, I'll eat like crap lol! :mrgreen:

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Re: Are cruciferous vegetables bad?

Postby LouieLizard » Thu Jul 25, 2019 7:15 am

:lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Are cruciferous vegetables bad?

Postby AHBD » Sun Jul 28, 2019 5:01 pm

Spinach + swiss chard are the only risky ones. All the others are good including kale.
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Re: Are cruciferous vegetables bad?

Postby LouieLizard » Tue Jul 30, 2019 6:39 pm

AHBD wrote:Spinach + swiss chard are the only risky ones. All the others are good including kale.

Ok thanks! What about beet greens? I heard there bad also.
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