Healthy Foods || Too Much of A Good Thing

Healthy Foods

It would be fair to say that the world of nutrition has lost a lot of its credibility.  Simply because what is considered a fact today, could be totally negated six months from now.  With the wide range of diets available to us, from intermittent fasting to Keto and Dukan, many of us have reach an unhealthy level of cynicism about the next fad.  Fake fried chicken anyone?

There are some go-to foods that we are confident of, simply because there haven’t been any changes to their status in years.  Take raw nuts and fresh juices for example, the issue doesn’t lie in their nutritional value but in the misunderstanding of how much should be eaten at once.  Here are 8 food and drink quantities that you need to reconsider.

 

Raw Nuts

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Yes, raw nuts are good for you.. In fact they are fantastic, with a very high nutritional value.. They are filled with iron, zinc, fatty acids and plenty of vitamins.  They are also extremely high in fat.. which means that the number of nuts that you eat is a crucial factor in the nutritional value to your body.  100 grams of cashews for example, which is a very small bowl, will set you back 553 calories and 44 grams of fat.  You heard right.  A handful, around 6-8 pieces is the recommended number of nuts per day… sorry!


 

Avocados

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Same…. Avocados are natural’s miracle, but are also nature’s butter!  Rich in vitamins E and C, folate and fibre it is also filled with monounsaturated fat.  To put things into perspective, each 10 grams of avocado is 1.5 grams of fat.  On average a slice is 10 grams, there are 10 slices in half an avocado.  So consuming half an avocado is 15 grams of fat.. Limit your intake to 3 slices.


 

Water

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Yes water is indeed very good for you.. but too much water isn’t.  Not only does an excess of water dilute the electrolytes in the body, when you drink the water is also an important factor that need to be considered.  Drinking too much water as you eat is not advised, it actually reduces the effectiveness of the stomach enzymes, causing digestive issues.  Water is also known to increase the size of the stomach, which then takes more food to fill.


 

Salmon and Tuna

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Salmon and Tuna are big fish, which means that they live longer in the water, exposing them to toxins for longer.  Also, as a surface area they are more exposed to mercury in the water.  Eating more than 3 meals of salmon or tuna during the week is not advised, as it may lead to mercury poisoning over the long run.  No joke..


 

Coffee

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Coffee is actually good for you.. it’s a stimulant and increases metabolism.  More than four cups of coffee per day will make you pee more than usual though, which risks the loss of calcium through your urine.  This weakens bones in the long run.  As Oprah once said, “If you drink too much coffee, you’re peeing your bones.”


 

Red Wine

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Yes red wine in small quantities could be good for your heart and your levels of cholesterol.. It has been defined as a maximum of one glass per day for women, and two for men.  The issue with red wine is that it is loaded with calories (127 calories per glass to be exact), not to mention the alcohol content.


 

Liver

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Animal organs contain many health benefits.  Liver specifically is very high in iron, B12, copper and vitamin A, a little too high unfortunately.  A 100gm portion of beef liver contains more than six times the recommended dietary intake of Vitamin A, and seven times the recommended dietary intake of copper.  The major issue is the copper toxicity which has been linked to Alzheimer’s.  Limit your liver intake to once a week.


 

Juices

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Juice is good for you, but to be honest, it is best to eat your fruit not drink it.  Firstly, you lose out on all the beneficial fiber which does wonders for your digestive system.  Secondly, juice contains plenty of fruit sugar.. Just think of the number of oranges or strawberries required to make a glass of juice.  Save your calories by eating your fruit, not drinking it.