We all wish to lead a healthy life and in order to achieve it, we end up storing our house with everything healthy. However, it has been found that consuming too much of certain healthy foods may, in fact, be detrimental for our health. Read on to know more about it.
You may find a large section on super foods at any good grocery shop. However, you must be aware that eating anything in excess, even healthy, can lead to harmful effects. So, we must always practice moderation and make sure to not over eat these 8 healthy foods.
Fish oil. Omega 3 fatty acids are known to fight inflammation, reduce the risk of heart problems, and help in brain development. Omega-3 capsules are mostly produced from the fish or fish liver oil and algae. But, eating a dose as high as 13-14g per day may lead to thinning of blood and vitamin A toxicity, which can be a problem for people prone to bleeding, particularly in children, and pregnant ladies.
Tuna. Tuna has a high protein and omega-3 fatty acids content. And, fresh or canned tuna may contain a high amount of methylmercury, which acts like a neurological toxin and impairs brain development in children, lead to vision problems, impair coordination, hearing, and speech. Larger tuna contains a higher amount of mercury that builds in their tissues over time. So, children and pregnant women must be watchful of their tuna intake.
Cinnamon. It is high in antioxidants and has an anti-inflammatory, anticancer and anti-diabetic effect on our body. However, cinnamon contains coumarin in high amount, which may harm our health if consumed in large quantity. Restrict consuming cinnamon to a teaspoon on most days.
Nutmeg. This spice has a unique taste and it contains myristicin, which can lead to seizures, nausea, heart arrhythmias, dizziness, hallucination, and pain. You must not eat more than 10g of nutmeg in a day to avoid myristicin poisoning.
Coffee. It is the life line of many individuals! However, consuming more than 5 cups of coffee or 500mg caffeine per day may interfere with the functioning of the nervous system and lead to irritability, insomnia, heart palpitations, nervousness, stomach cramps, and muscle tremors.
Liver. This organ is rich in vitamin A, copper, and excessive liver consumption may lead to vitamin A toxicity and copper toxicity. Symptoms of which are the vision problem, nausea, bone pain and fractures, oxidative changes, neurodegenerative change, vomiting, and an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
Cruciferous vegetables. Vegetables like broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, and collard green contains thiocyanates, which interferes with iodine absorption in the body and result in hypothyroidism.
Brazil nut. It contains selenium in high amount, whose toxicity can lead to loss of nail and hair, digestive problems, memory issues, and eating even 4 to 5 Brazil nuts can meet the upper limit of selenium consumption.