Don’t Overeat These Healthy Foods!

by Jackie on October 2, 2014

Now, you would think that eating healthy foods with disregard for quantity for be good for you. I mean, you are choosing healthy foods as a substitute for greasy hamburgers, carbohydrate rich pizza, and sugar filled candies, so why not indulge in a healthy food that you enjoy?

Truth is, that it is always better for your health to spread the wealth with a variety of these healthy foods. Too much of a good thing could become a bad thing as some foods help with digestion, but too much of that food could be harmful in other ways.

These foods you should especially pay attention to how much you eat. Some foods there is not necessarily a quantity limit, but just be a little bit more careful when indulging on your favorite healthy foods:

 

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. Suforaphane “can substantially reduce the incidence, rate of development and size of tumors.” 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. 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.

 

Soy Products. 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.

 

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.

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. 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.

 

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.

Sea vegetables are indeed the best source of iodine. 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 heartbeat, 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.

Jackie

Jackie

Health Contributor at Creative Bioscience
I'm a fitness nut. I know what you're thinking, one of these people who has never been fat a day in her life, and can eat whatever she wants. The truth is I struggled with my weight growing up and lived in a household where everything seemed to be fried. Once I got away from home I realized I had the choice to eat and exercise how I wanted. I've gained a lot of insight into working as a personal trainer, and feel I can relate to others that were in my situation. I think if I can do it then you can to, and if you want to start kicking butt then hop on board and lets get started.
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