Healthy Foods You Shouldn't Go Overboard On
By Sara Butler
Yes, it’s possible to have too much of a good thing. Sunshine is the perfect example -- and maybe oatmeal too. Yes, oats are very healthy and are a healthy carbohydrate to include in your diet, but they’re also very dense in calories. So, eating too much can have an impact on your ability to maintain a healthy weight. There are a lot of foods that are good for you that are in the same boat as oatmeal. These foods are absolutely a part of a healthy diet but should be enjoyed in moderation for a variety of reasons. Here are a few for you to consider.
Tuna is great for you. It’s full of protein and omega-3 fatty acids that help support a healthy heart and a healthy brain. But due to the mercury content in tuna, you must be careful to not have too much. Tuna has a higher mercury content than other types of fish, so eating it more than a couple of times per week can lead to issues with vision and muscle control -- and pregnant women must be especially careful.
Yes, quinoa is really good for your health and it’s a complete protein -- the only whole grain that is. There’s not much about quinoa that’s not to love, but it is a calorie-dense food. In fact, one cup has about 220 calories, so you must keep your portions in check.
Quinoa also contains a naturally-occurring chemical called saponins. It covers the grain and can cause some tummy troubles if you don’t rinse the quinoa properly before cooking. If you find that you suffer from the effects of saponins after eating quinoa, just make sure to limit how much you eat.
If you suffer from heartburn or acid reflux, then you may want to limit the amount of tomatoes in your diet. These fruits, much like citrus fruits, are acidic. That means that can impact the pH balance in your stomach and cause discomfort. If you suffer from digestion issues, enjoy tomatoes cooked instead of raw. That can help make them less aggravating to your stomach.
You should enjoy these foods because they’re healthy for you, so don’t cut them out of your diet. Just understand what it is about certain foods that mean you should limit them.
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