Good Foods Gone Bad
By Sara Butler
Part of healthy eating is finding foods that are good for you that you actually like eating. When that happens, you may want to eat them all the time. While having a list of healthy foods you like to eat helps, it’s important to work variety into your diet. The term “eat the rainbow” is popular for a reason – you need to eat a variety of foods in order to provide your body with the vitamins and minerals it needs to be healthy. With that in mind, here are six healthy foods you may love, but that you shouldn’t eat every day.
Salmon is the king of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, but smoking it reduces some of its healthy credentials. That’s because the process of smoking generates polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, which can increase your risk of cancer. If you love smoked salmon in the morning, you don’t have to get rid of it forever, but try to limit it to two days a week. And feel free to enjoy salmon in all the other ways it can be prepared as often as you want!
Kombucha is full of probiotics, which are essential for good gut health, but it’s really not something you should drink each day. Kombucha is an acidic drink and that can really aggravate acid reflux if you suffer from it. And the sugar in kombucha isn’t great for your teeth either, so make sure when you do drink it, you choose an option without a lot of added sugar and stick with only about 50 calories worth of kombucha drinks each day.
There are so many reasons to love tuna. It’s high in protein, calcium, iron, magnesium, and zinc. But it’s also high in something that’s not good for you – mercury. A lot of mercury can lead to mercury poisoning, which can cause muscle weakness and vision issues, and pregnant and breastfeeding moms should avoid mercury at all costs. A healthy amount of tuna is about two to three cans of light tuna each week.
Vegetable soup for lunch may seem like a great low-calorie go-to, but you have to be careful of the amount of salt in a can of soup! The American Heart Association only recommends 2,300 milligrams of sodium each day, and just one can of soup may push you right on over the edge.
Even healthy foods can be bad for you if you overindulge, so remember that as you plan your meals!
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