The Effects of Over-Eating These 5 Healthy Foods

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The Effects of Over-Eating These 5 Healthy FoodsToday, more and more consumers are prioritizing healthy eating. Thankfully, there is no shortage of information about healthy foods that will fuel your body, keep you fit and help you reach your healthy eating goals. More and more people are hopping aboard the healthy food bandwagon, and many people have committed to making healthy eating a permanent part of their lives. Finally, the healthy eating revolution looks like it’s here to stay!

But for all you healthy eating die-hards – it would seem that, when it comes to certain foods, you actually can have “too much of a good thing.” Dr. Michael Greger, M.D., physician, author, and internationally recognized speaker on health issues and veganism, warns that when it comes to these five healthy foods, know how much will do your body good and how much may actually start to pose some dangers to your health.

1587363061. Broccoli Sprouts. More than any other green vegetable, broccoli sprouts are known for their unmatched disease-fighting health benefits. In fact, in only 1 ounce of these sprouts, an adult gets 4% of their daily recommended fiber intake and an impressive 15% of daily recommended calcium intake. This healthy food also contains a chemical compound called sulforaphane, which research has shown to help prevent certain types of cancer, including breast and prostate cancer. Dr. John Talalay of John Hopkins University reported that suforaphane “can substantially reduce the incidence, rate of development and size of tumours.” Packed with a ton of nutrients and a long list of health benefits, broccoli sprouts are a supremely healthy food that should definitely be included in everyone’s diet.

However, it is worthwhile keeping in mind that four cups of broccoli sprouts (not to be confused with broccoli florets) is where you will want to call it quits, as it may exceed the safe dosage of sulforaphane. According to Dr. Michael Greger, at this level, the chemical compound can begin to cause damage to DNA strands. And while you may be wondering who in their right mind might come to accidentally down four cups worth, broccoli sprout smoothies are a popular way of consuming these delicate plants, and can easily lead you to swallow much more of them then you realize.

921737132. Soy Products. Soy milk, soy cheese, soy “meats”, soya oil, soy please! Soy has become a staple healthy food that many diet-conscious people integrate into their meal plans. In fact, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration promotes soy-based foods because it lowers cholesterol and reduces the risk of heart disease. In addition, another reason soy is considered a must-have healthy food is that it has been shown to reduce the risk of certain types of breast and prostate cancers.

Many of soy’s health benefits are linked to the isoflavones it contains. Isoflavones are plant compounds that mimic estrogen. However, animal studies have shown that consuming large amounts of this healthy food could negatively impact female fertility, embryonic development and reproductive development. Discussing genistein, the main isoflavone contained in soil, a developmental biologist at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences said that “too much … may not be a good thing for a developing child.” According to Dr. Greger, adults should consume a maximum of 2 to 4 servings of soy-based foods daily to ensure healthy eating. Also, beware of soy products that come from genetically modified soy beans and have undergone extensive processing that have eradicated their healthy properties.

1399508103. Fish. Lighter than chicken and beef, fish has been a fan-favorite amongst those who are committed to healthy eating. Why? Packed with omega-3 fatty acids, fish has been proven to help fight heart disease and potentially Alzheimer’s.

 Unfortunately, however, those interested in eating healthy foods must be aware of the danger of overdoing it. Fish contains heavy-metal toxins like mercury which, when eaten in large quantities, can be detrimental to health, increasing the risk of heart disease and decreasing one’s memory and ability to concentrate. Foetuses in the womb and individuals with lower weights have a greater risk of accumulating dangerous level of mercury in their bodies. Mercury levels are higher in larger fish like tuna and swordfish. Cold-water fish, like Alaskan salmon and herring, are known to be lower in mercury. If healthy eating is important to you, try to limit yourself to two meals of fish per week, especially if you’re eating fish known to have higher mercury contents.

896921284. Nutmeg. Used to spice everything from savory soups to ginger cookies and cakes, nutmeg is a spice most cooks have stocked in their kitchen. Why does this healthy food appeal to those concerned with healthy eating? According to ancient Chinese medicine, it can be used to treat inflammation and abdominal pain. Nutmeg is also known for its ability to stimulate the brain, reduce stress, fatigue, anxiety, and depression.

This is because nutmeg harbors a scandalous little secret…it actually forms amphetamine compounds in the body that can elevate your mood! In a 1960’s article called Nutmeg Intoxication, mental health professionals investigated the use of nutmeg as a psychotropic drug. They concluded that while “nutmeg is much cheaper for use and probably less dangerous than the habit-forming heroin, it must be stated that it is not free from danger and may cause death.” While you only need a couple of pinches to draw out its pleasantly nutty flavor in dishes and baked goods, exceeding two to three teaspoons of nutmeg can actually be toxic for your health.

1521265775. Sea Vegetables. If you’re eager to make healthy eating a priority, add sea vegetables to your diet, such as kelp, arame, dulse, kombu, and wakame. They’re rich in the crucial mineral called iodine, without which the thyroid can’t produce adequate levels of the thyroid hormone necessary to regulate your metabolism. They have also been known to reduce the risk of breast cancer, heart disease, and hypertension.

Dr. Greger asserts that sea vegetables are indeed the best source of iodine. You need between 150 and 1100 micrograms of iodine a day. Those with sensitive thyroids, such as nursing mothers and post-menopausal women, may have adverse reactions to excess iodine. Consuming too much iodine can lead to hyperthyroidism, or symptoms such as headaches, a racing heart beat, nausea, and a high fever. Check the packages that your sea vegetables come in to ensure you don’t end up munching on more than the daily recommended serving.

While junk food junkies will try to have a field day with this information by claiming that it’s proof that “healthy eating is bad for you too!” don’t fall for it. While overdosing on particular foods can pose a potential danger, you can NEVER overdo healthy eating! Healthy eating involves eating a variety of foods, which can be rotated according to the seasons, to personal needs and to personal tastes.

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