Healthy Foods That Can Damage Your Body If Consumed too Much

by Tyler Williams about a year ago in list

Too much of a good thing really isn't good at all.

Healthy Foods That Can Damage Your Body If Consumed too Much

Hello, fellow health nuts and fast-food junkies! Let’s get straight into it, everyone knows that if they eat too much fast food like your local McDonald’s or unhealthy snacks such as Cheetos and Lays potato chips, it will have a negative effect on their bodies. It is also known that everyone needs a moderate amount of healthy foods to feel good on the outside and inside.

Everyone has to drink their daily dose of water and eat their fruits and vegetables in order to maintain a healthy body. But, what if someone were to consume a lot of healthy foods and have negative effects on the human body? Would you turn into a plant or the Green Giant?

Look on the bright side, it is true that too much of anything is not good for the body, this list will give information from various sources to chill out on the kale juice but at the same time lay off those Krispy Kreme doughnuts. You know, those glazed doughnuts that as soon as someone would get out of the oven.

The doughnuts that would melt in someone’s mouth like it was warm ice cream, saliva would pour down over someone’s shirt like they were taking a shower, a saliva shower. Anyway, here are the top ten list of healthy foods that can mess up your body if consumed too much.

This sunny popular source of Vitamin C has a dark side to it. According to LiveScience, if eaten too much, Laura Flores, a San Diego-based nutritionist said, "When eaten in excess, the greater fiber content can affect digestion, causing abdominal cramps and could also lead to diarrhea." It is also possible to have too much vitamin C. Too much of this nutrient may lead to diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, heartburn, bloating or cramps, headaches, insomnia, or kidney stones, according to LiveScience.

Flores also said the following, "Because they are a high-acid food, [oranges] can contribute to heartburn, especially for those who already suffer [from heartburn] regularly," said Flores. People with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD, also called acid reflux disease) may experience heartburn or regurgitation if they eat too many oranges

Another sunny, yet a sour source of Vitamin C can give you more than lemonade if consumed a lot. According to LiveStrong, "The most obvious result of eating too many lemons is their harmful effect on teeth. The citric acid in lemons can cause the erosion of teeth enamel and increase sensitivity to hot and cold."

The website also says, "Eating too many lemons can be harmful if you have gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD. The acid content in lemons can aggravate an inflamed or irritated esophagus and give you instant heartburn."

LiveStrong also reports, “Excess vitamin C can cause diarrhea and kidney stones. Vitamin C can interfere with healing after angioplasty and raise blood sugar levels in diabetics. Cancer cells seem to collect concentrations of vitamin C, according to Medline Plus, and vitamin C can worsen blood-iron disorders, glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency, and sickle cell disease. The vitamin can also interact and interfere with many herbs, medications, and supplements. One cup of lemon juice contains just 60.5 mg of vitamin C, but if you’re eating a lot of lemons, you’ll need to consider how much vitamin C you’re getting from other foods every day.”

According to LiveScience, "If you eat an abundance of the fruit daily, however, you may experience problems from having too much lycopene or potassium." "Too much potassium in your blood can lead to dangerous, and possibly deadly, changes in heart rhythm", according to WebMD. This is known as hyperkalemia.

Ever heard through the grapevine that grapes can be harmful if eaten too much? According to the StyleCraze, "Eating large quantities of grapes, dried or as raisins and sultanas, can lead to indigestion. In some cases, it can even cause diarrhea. Those who have fructose intolerance can also experience abdominal pain along with indigestion."

StyleCraze also notes that grapes can lead to vomiting and nausea. “You can feel nauseous on eating too many grapes. This is because it becomes difficult for the digestive system to digest all that fiber from the grapes. And it ends up creating discomfort in the stomach. This can lead to nausea and vomiting. Some preservatives in grapes can also trigger such a reaction.”,according to StyleCraze. Talk about grapes of wrath.

Just when you thought pumpkins could not get any more spooky aside from Halloween. According to Good Health All, one of the side effects are, if pumpkins are eaten on a consistent basis, it will drop your blood sugar to dangerously low level, and this may give rise to “Hypoglycemia”. "Hypoglycemia is a condition in which our blood sugar level goes down to a dangerously low level giving rise to symptoms like blurry vision, rapid heartbeat, pale skin, headache, dizziness, excessive hunger, excessive sweating, loss of consciousness", according to Good Health All.

The website also says that pumpkins can lower your blood pressure. That’s beneficial, however, too much pumpkin may reduce the blood pressure to a dangerously low level, and give rise to hypotension or low blood pressure.

Hypotension is a condition in which our blood pressure drops down to an abnormally low level giving rise to symptoms of fatigue, dizziness, clammy skin, depression, blurry vision etc. Also, if you are allergic to pumpkin then it is better to avoid pumpkin completely, as otherwise, it may give rise to allergic reactions like itching, dermatitis, nasal congestion, difficulty in breathing, shortness of breath, swelling of lips and face etc., according to Good Health All.

It's sad enough that onions make us cry when we chop them up, onions want us to feel their pain if one thinks about it. Anyway, according to LiveScience, "Onions, especially if consumed raw, can worsen heartburn in people who suffer from chronic heartburn or gastric reflux disease, according to one 1990 study in the American Journal of Gastroenterology."

LiveScience also said, “Eating a large amount of green onions or rapidly increasing your consumption of green onions may interfere with blood thinning drugs, according to the University of Georgia. Green onions contain a high amount of vitamin K, which can decrease blood thinner functioning.” What a crying shame.

According to LiveScience, Flores pointed out a possible negative to pineapple’s high levels of vitamin C. “Because of the high amount of vitamin C that pineapples contain, consuming large quantities may induce diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain or heartburn,” she said.

Additionally, extremely high amounts of bromelain can cause skin rashes, vomiting, diarrhea, and excessive menstrual bleeding, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Also, LiveScience says, “Eating unripe pineapple or drinking unripe pineapple juice is dangerous, reports the horticulture department at Purdue University. In this state, it is toxic to humans and can lead to severe diarrhea and vomiting. Eating a great deal of pineapple cores can also cause fiber balls to form in the digestive tract.”

These nuts, got 'em! On a serious note, according to, unfortunately, though, the trick also works on humans, causing gas and bloating if you eat too many. If that isn't bad enough, eating too much fat—found abundantly in nuts—at one time can lead to diarrhea, says Alan R. Gaby, MD, author of Nutritional Medicine.

Also, Prevention says, nuts can make your hair fall out, your nails get brittle, your breath stink, and your muscles and joints begin to ache. These are all symptoms of selenium poisoning, which is a rare but serious condition that you can get from eating too many Brazil nuts (all other nuts are safe), according to Prevention.

Ah yes, vegans' soul food. According to Oregon State University’s Linus Pauling Institute, if it is eaten in excess, "raw kale contains both progoitrin, a compound that can interfere with thyroid hormone synthesis, and thiocyanate ions, which can crowd out the iodine your thyroid needs. After eating an extremely large amount of raw kale, you could experience hormonal irregularities that lead to fluctuations in blood sugar, weight, and overall metabolic health."

According to the DailyMeal, “Raw vegetables such as kale also have a large amount of indigestible fiber — not ideal for your stomach to handle in large amounts. Stick to the occasional raw kale salad or superfood raw smoothie to err on the safe side and avoid unpleasant side effects such as constipation, stomach pain, and bloating.”

Even the basic nutrient of life can be damaging, according to WebMD, "In rare cases, drinking an extreme amount in a short time can be dangerous. It can cause the level of salt, or sodium, in your blood to drop too low. That's a condition called hyponatremia. It's very serious and can be fatal. You may hear it called water intoxication." So, basically, we can get drunk from the water.

According to HealthLine, There are two main types of overhydration: Increased water intake, this occurs when you drink more water than your kidneys can remove in your urine. This can cause too much water to collect in your bloodstream. Retaining water, this occurs when your body can’t get rid of water properly. Several medical conditions can cause your body to retain water. Both of these types are dangerous because they throw off the balance between water and sodium in your blood.

That just goes to show that too much of anything is not good for the human body. Just eat and drink in moderation and live a happy and healthy life.

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Tyler Williams

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