Every diet these days seems to revolve around the so-called superfoods – food that’s so filled with nutrients and lovely things that they’re generally considered to be a huge boon to your health. But this planet wouldn’t be what it is if even superfoods reached a point where they became dangerous though.
Let’s take a look at some superfoods you should only eat in moderation. I mean, it’s probably fine if you don’t go completely overboard with it, but consider yourself warned anyway.
Salmon is actually a blood thinner and boosts mercury levels in your blood. So despite salmon being one of the best sources for protein, it’s not entirely without risk. And if you’re eating farmed salmon instead of wild salmon, you actually run a bigger risk of obesity because of the awful quality of the farm water.
While homemade hummus is perfectly fine, the store-bought version can contribute to various illnesses you don’t really want, as they usually pop ingredients in there that aren’t really that good for your body. Think sodium and preservatives, for example.
You were hoping this wouldn’t be on the list, would you? But we all kind of knew this was coming – the only thing avocado doesn’t have going for it is its high fat count. Eating a lot of avocado will therefore increase fat buildup in your body.
Much like the afore-mentioned salmon, tuna is high in mercury. Having too much mercury in your blood can cause vision loss, tremors and even memory loss in some occasions. Imagine eating so much tuna you forget how wonderful it tastes!
Broccoli can irritate your bowels if you eat enough of it. Basically, you’ll be farting a lot, which is more awkward than it is unhealthy. And if you’re taking heart medication, it can also have negative effects because broccoli is full of vitamin K.
A great source of antioxidants, green tea also has an obvious downside: it’s filled with caffeine. As any coffee drinker will tell you, too much caffeine will cause insomnia, palpitations, headaches and a bunch of other things you could really do without. You can still have about 4 cups a day of green tea though, so no reason to really worry.
If you care about your liver, you should probably stick to about a tablespoon of cinnamon per day. In higher doses it can be toxic and harm your liver. The most important part here is that the coumarin in the cinnamon causes the liver damage and not all kinds of cinnamon have the same coumarin amounts, so you may be able to push this slightly over that tablespoon if you compare labels.