Move Over, Hot Dogs, Because People Are Competitive Eating Kale Now


Major League Eating, the very same organization that puts on Nathan’s annual hot dog eating contest (which was dominated by Joey Chestnut again this year), is holding a decidedly healthier contest at the Taste of Buffalo food festival this weekend. For the first time ever, brave men and women will compete against one another to see who can eat the most kale in eight minutes.

The contest — with the cute yet eye roll-inducing name “Kale Yeah!” — will be held on Saturday, July 9, and actually boasts $4,000 total prize money. The grand prize winner alone takes home $2,000, which is honestly not the worst compensation for consuming pounds of sandy nightmare leaves.

A description from the Major League Eating website reads:

For civilian eaters, kale is a good source of thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, vitamin E and several dietary minerals, including iron, calcium, potassium, and phosphorus. For Major League Eaters, kale also becomes a great source of prize money and a source of glory. The winner of the inaugural Kale Yeah!—The World’s Healthiest Eating Championship Presented By Healthy Options will be able to walk the streets of Buffalo, NY, and beyond and proclaim themselves as the healthiest competitive eater on the planet.

If that sounds like a challenge you’d be up for, you’ll have to wait until next year because this year’s “Kale Yeah!” is already filled to capacity. May the best man or woman spend the entire next day on the toilet in severe abdominal distress.

(Via New York Upstate)