4 Examples When Veggies are NOT Always Good For You
When it comes to veggies, more is NOT always better, and the TYPE matters for each person
There are a lot of things that health gurus disagree about... low-carb, high-carb, high fat, protein, meat eating, vegan diets, etc... but if there's one thing that almost every type of diet or every health professional agrees on, it's that vegetables are great for you.
Whether someone follows Paleo or Vegetarian or Atkins, almost everybody agrees that veggies are good for you.
However, it's NOT that simple, and there are definitely cases when you can eat TOO many vegetables and also certain TYPES of vegetables that are bad for certain types of conditions.
This won't be a fully comprehensive list, but let me show you a few examples...
Example #1 when veggies are NOT always great:
Some people that have a damaged digestive system, leaky gut, IBS, or other digestive issues may actually do more harm by eating TOO much insoluble fiber that's found in a lot of vegetables [Btw, grains can have TOO much insoluble fiber many times too, such as wheat bran].
Keep in mind that in many cases, a traditional MD does not have enough nutrition knowledge to prescribe the right type of diet for digestive ailments... you really need to work with a Digestion expert directly for your individual case... this may or may not be an MD or an ND. But make sure to seek out someone with more of a Holistic approach to nutrition instead of someone that just wants to prescribe a barrage of potentially dangerous drugs to you. There may be important uses for some drugs in certain cases, but most traditional MDs will overprescribe drugs compared to a Naturopath or Holistic Nutritionist.
Example #2 when veggies are NOT always great:
Some veggies contain certain toxins or antinutrients that you CAN eat too much of... for example, spinach is thought of as very healthy, but if you eat it at almost every meal, you can eat too much oxalic acid that can cause kidney stones or damage if eaten too often and too much quantity.
NIghtshade vegetables (such as tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, etc) are another example of veggies that are normally "healthy" but if overconsumed, can possibly have some links to Arthritis and other problems with inappropriate calcification in soft tissues of the body. I talk more in this article about low level toxins in certain veggies that can be overconsumed.
Example #3 when veggies are NOT always great:
Certain types of veggies (and also whether they're cooked or not) can have negative impacts for certain people on Thyroid function. One reason is certain veggies have iodine blocking characteristics.
My partners at PaleoHacks have an article here about 11 Goitrogenic foods that can impact your Thyroid health (most of them are certain types of veggies) and exactly what to look for, so I won't go into any more detail on that in this article.
Example #4 when veggies are NOT always great:
As you know, a really good indicator of overall health is the regularity of your bowel movements (do you go at least 1-3x per day?), but also the consistency of your poop, and whether you have constipation, diarrhea, or that "perfect" texture in the middle.
Oftentimes, people are eating certain foods that give them constipation, or other foods that make their stools WAY too loose and runny. I've come across cases with certain people where they were eating TOO many veggies, and it was giving them runny poop, which means the excess veggies were irritating their gut or negatively affecting their digestion in some way.
Sorry if this is TMI for you, but I've also experienced this myself... I noticed that when I eat very large salads with dinner, I end up the next morning with excessively soft loose stools, but if I have just a small amount of cooked veggies with my dinner meat, along with maybe root veggies, I end up having a "perfect log" poop the next morning.
As you can see, if I held onto the foolish belief that "more veggies is always better", I would be constantly irritating my digestive system with excess insoluble fiber, but I've learned through trial and error (and simply paying attention to my stool texture every morning and remembering what I ate the night before) that when I eat a "medium" sized portion of veggies with dinner instead of a large portion, that my bowel movements the next morning are always MUCH healthier.
Again, this is a personal observation for me, and some people may do better with higher amounts of veggies, especially if you're prone to constipation, which I'm not. In fact, I've probably only had constipation once in my entire life and I think that was caused by some antibiotic that I had to take when I was younger (I'd never take antibiotics at this point in my life unless it was something life threatening or a serious infection like Lyme Disease). But it's quite clear that my digestive system seems to prefer a slightly higher proportion of fats (avocado, nuts, butter, cream, coconut fat, etc) and meats or eggs, and a slightly smaller amount of veggies instead of those large salads.
Also, fermented veggies are typically much easier on the digestive system, due to the fact that they're already partially pre-digested by the fermenting microbes. And not only that, but fermented veggies such as kimchi and various krauts are easily one of THE best sources of gut-healing probiotics. I like to have a traditional Korean Kimchi most mornings with my eggs... very tasty AND healthy for the gut! I also like to add a particular brand of fermented beets that I've found to my small nightly dinner, along with half an avocado.
As I've covered in today's article, you can see how more veggies is NOT always better, and there are some cases for certain people where reducing certain types of veggies may be beneficial. There are other examples I could think of when more veggies are NOT always better, but I just wanted to give you a few important examples in this article, because it's not always the best advice when you hear people say that "you can't eat too many vegetables". Well, as you can see, yes you CAN eat too many in some cases.
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