Overeating on These Healthy Foods? You Might Regret It
The “healthy eating” trend is continuously spreading, and more and more people stock up on popular superfoods that seem to provide all the benefits in the world. While most of these foods are healthy when consumed in moderation, overeating can have serious consequences.
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To show you more is not always better, we’ve picked 7 of the most popular healthy foods and went past what the food glitterati decree to reveal the dark side of their excessive intake.
Lemon water seems to be the absolute beverage with endless benefits. It is low in calories, low in sugar, it helps you stay hydrated and provides loads of vitamin C and antioxidants for your cells. If you drink too much of it, however, expect some side effects.
One of them would be that it can corrode your tooth enamel due to being highly acidic. Moreover, overdosing on vitamin C can lead to nausea and even vomiting.
Captain’s tip: Do not consume more than 3 cups of lemon water a day (120 ml).
Coconut oil has gained a lot of popularity in recent years and food bloggers seem to include the fat in just about any recipe. It reportedly helps with heart health, kidney and liver functions.
But at the end of the day, coconut oil is still a fat. And an increased intake, particularly of processed oil, could translate into unwanted weight gain. Moreover, being rich in saturated fat, could lead to an increase in LDL (bad cholesterol).
Captain’s tip: Opt for extra-virgin olive oil or other unsaturated oils as a healthier option.
Kimchi is a quite popular type of fermented cabbage packed with vitamins A, C and beneficial probiotic bacteria. Unfortunately, it is also quite high in sodium and a single serving of 100 grams covers approximately a third of the recommended maximum sodium intake.
Too much sodium can increase the risk of high blood pressure and heart failure, especially in people with salt sensitivity and hypertension.
Captain’s tip: One tablespoon of kimchi per just one meal would be enough to prevent overdosing on sodium.
Nutmeg is a flavorful, low-calorie spice used in cooking to replace heavy sauces and condiments. It is packed with antioxidants that help against inflammation. But its seeds are also very rich in active chemicals, such as myristicin, that can get you high.
Its excessive consumption can cause hallucinations followed by intense nausea, stomach spams and dry mouth. The effects start in about 30 minutes and could linger on for 1 or 2 days.
Captain’s tip: A teaspoon of nutmeg is safe to add to a recipe, without experiencing any side effects.
Black tea is widely known for its soothing nature but drinking more than the recommended amount can lead to serious side effects.
First of all, due to the high caffeine content, it can cause serious sleeping problems. This in turn can lead to headaches, irritability and even an irregular heart rate. In addition, it may cause stomach upsets due to overstimulating your stomach to produce acidic substances that your body cannot absorb easily.
Captain’s tip: Stick to the recommended intake of maximum 2 cups a day. Don’t drink it in the afternoon at all.
Brown rice is a rich source of complex carbs and whole grains. But, depending on where it grows, it can also absorb high levels of arsenic from soil and water. More so than its refined counterparts.
There are no numbers regarding the safe amount of arsenic in food, but problems do occur when eating brown rice and its derivatives on a daily basis, which increases the exposure to the heavy metal.
Captain’s tip: Rinse the brown rice before consuming it and also try to eat various types of whole grains.
The benefits of red wine, or disadvantages thereof, have long been debated. Some say red wine promotes wellness, reduces the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes while others think it’s overrated.
Its excessive consumption, however, may lead to some serious weight gain because it includes twice the number of calories than beer or soft drinks. As the glasses of wine pile up, so do the pounds. Moreover, drinking too much can lead to alcoholism and a higher risk of depression and liver cirrhosis.
Captain’s tip: Moderate your consumption to 1-2 glasses of red wine per day.