Even Good Foods Can Threaten Your Health

Good foods on this table include beans, grains, cauliflour, cantelope, pasta, bread, orange, turkey, salmon, carrots, turnips, zucchini, snowpeas, string beans, radishes, asparagus, summer squash, lean beef, tomatoes, and potatoes.
Good foods on this table include beans, grains, cauliflour, cantelope, pasta, bread, orange, turkey, salmon, carrots, turnips, zucchini, snowpeas, string beans, radishes, asparagus, summer squash, lean beef, tomatoes, and potatoes. | Source

We have always heard that eating vegetables will make us healthier. Unfortunately, there are a few vegetables that will threaten our health. Here is some information to help you make healthy choices when you are shopping in your local produce department.


If you are suffering from osteoporosis or are prone to kidney stones, you should avoid oxalate-rich foods. These will temporarily prevent you from absorbing calcium. Be sure to talk to your doctor about these foods if you are concerned about these health problems. Oxalate is the main ingredient in kidney stones. So, it would be wise to avoid foods that contain this substance if you are prone to them or already suffering from kidney stones. The foods with the highest content of oxalates are spinach, beets, soy products, coffee, cola, nuts, chocolate, tea, wheat bran, strawberries and rhubarb.


There are also foods which can interfere with the thyroid's hormone-making process. If you have hypothyroidism, you should be especially careful not to consume foods containing goitrogens. These include rutabagas, turnips, cabbage, kale, cauliflower, broccoli, mustard, peanuts, pine nuts, soybeans, soy products, and millet. It has been found, however, that cooking these foods will lower the amount of goitrogens. Be sure and ask your doctor if you should avoid these foods, or just limit their consumption.


Eating high-purine foods when you suffer from gout will make you feel much worse. There are some foods that have a high level of this component and should be avoided completely. These include scallops, mussels, anchovies, sardines, herring, codfish, trout, haddock, fish roe (eggs), gravy, consomme, turkey, bacon, organ meats such as liver and kidneys, veal, and alcohol. These foods are known to trigger painful gout symptoms. Foods with a lesser amount of purine are asparagus, cauliflower, kidney beans, lentils, lima beans, mushrooms, navy beans, peas, and spinach. These foods contain less of the offending ingredient and may not produce the same reaction. Unfortunately, the only way to know if any of these foods will affect your condition is to try them. But, once you know what foods trigger the symptoms, you will be able to avoid them and hopefully the painful flare-ups associated with gout.


While many foods are good for you, there is also the possibility they can have adverse affects on your body, as well. Pay attention to what you are eating and how you feel afterwards. And, do not assume you will have an immediate reaction. It could take an hour or two, or even longer, to see the negative effects. Hopefully, this information will help you discover if there are foods that are effecting your physical condition in a harmful way.

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GinaCPocan 5 years ago from Chicago

This has been useful, but yet frustrating because it seems like everything hurts you.

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