The term “superfood” was first utilized to promote bananas in the early twentieth century.
Today, the word superfood is used to describe any food that has many health benefits, particularly ones that are high in nutrients and low in calories.
Although there are many advantages to the consumption of superfoods, eating too much of them can be just as dangerous as eating unhealthy junk food.
We believe in the saying: “everything in moderation.” While there are certain foods that are healthier to eat over others, we shouldn’t abuse them and let them take a toll on our bodies.
1. Broccoli can irritate your intestines
Studies have found that consuming too much broccoli and other cruciferous veggies for that matter (cruciferous means “cross-bearing,” and includes vegetables like kale, cauliflower, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts) can cause bowel irritation or make you gassy. Under a more alarming light, overeating broccoli and its cruciferous relatives has been found to have negative effects on people taking heart and blood-thinning medication due to its high vitamin K content.
2. Salmon can thin your blood
Studies have found that eating too much fish, including salmon, can boost mercury levels in the blood. Contrary to wild salmon, farmed salmon has been discovered to have nearly double the amount of fat and calories. Recent research has also found that farmed salmon can have a link to obesity with the amounts of pollutants and chemicals that may be found in the farm waters.
3. Kombucha can increase acid levels
Kombucha, however, is not beneficial to people with weak immune systems due to the fact that it contains different types of bacteria and yeast since it is served in a raw and unpasteurized state. In addition, too much kombucha can give you an upset stomach or cause acidity. Having high amounts of sugar, it’s best to drink it sparingly to prevent increased sugar levels and weight gain.
4. Tuna can affect your motor skills
Similar to salmon and other fish, tuna contains mercury, making it a dangerous food when consumed in large and frequent quantities. Poisoning from mercury manifests in memory or vision loss, physical tremors, and numbness. Comparing the benefits of canned and fresh tuna, both are low in fat and high in protein. However, research has shown that albacore or large white tuna has a higher mercury content compared to its smaller and darker tuna relatives.
5. Green tea can cause aches and pains
Effects of consuming too much caffeine include insomnia, headaches, palpitations, and heartburn. For those with a low tolerance for caffeinated products, green tea can also cause acidity and indigestion. According to experts, 3 to 5 cups of green tea a day is more than enough for the average adult.
Do you think too much healthy eating can be dangerous to your health? Which of these superfoods surprised you the most?