Some Foods High in Nutrients Also Have Chemicals We Should Avoid

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Certain foods are highly nutritious, but we shouldn’t eat only those. Yes, there is a ‘too much’ of the good stuff. There are some foods that contain unwanted chemicals, so the best approach is to eat them, but alternate with other foods too, so that we create a balance of nutrients for our bodies.

Here are a few of the very nutritious food that should be eaten with care. Just don’t overdo it, and you’ll be fine!

Albacore tuna

Tuna is a loved fish, a great source of proteins and high in omega-3 fats. However, being a very big fish, it spends a lot of his life in waters full of mercury. Again, eating too much tuna can make mercury concentration in your body rise. Mercury toxicity can affect the brain and the nervous system.

It’s better if we stick to eating Albacore tuna one a week.

Brazil nuts

This is where you get a lot of selenium. If you eat one nut, it’s enough for the daily dose of the mineral. But too much selenium becomes toxic, and it can have unwanted side effects. Some of the symptoms of an overdose of selenium are the loss of hair, nails, skin rashes, mottled teeth, diarrhea, and nervous system problems.

It’s better if you eat a mixed variety of nuts that include some Brazil nuts.

Brown rice

Whole grains are better, so brown rice is better than white rice. It has more fiber, vitamins, and minerals. However, it contains arsenic, which increases the risk of heart disease or of developing cancer. Rice absorbs arsenic from the soil, and it’s more concentrated in the outer layer of the grain.

So, you should refrain from eating it every day. You can eat it a few times a week and swap it for some barley, buckwheat, quinoa or millet.

Cinnamon

Cinnamon is great in our deserts or beverages. It can lower blood sugar levels if taken in doses of a teaspoon a day. But the variety called cassia cinnamon contains coumarin, which is linked to liver disease if consumed over a teaspoon per day.

Coffee

We all love coffee! It keeps us awake in the morning, and it is packed with antioxidants. However, we shouldn’t drink in one day more than 3-4 eight-ounce cups of coffee (400 mg of caffeine). If we get over the limit, we become more jittery, our heart goes wild and we might also experience insomnia, not to mention that coffee is a high diuretic.

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Andre Blair s is the lead editor for Advocator.ca. He holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Science in Public Health (M.S.P.H.) from the School of Public Health, Department of Health Administration, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Andre specializes in environmental health, but writes on a variety of issues.


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