Most of us have been brainwashed from the time we were young to “eat our veggies” because they’re good for us. But there are several vegetables that could actually be detrimental to our health, or have cons that outweigh the pros.
Below are 5 vegetables that you don’t have to feel guilty about skipping out on.
1. Spinach. Popeye may have made this dark leafy green popular, but eating too much of it can have unhealthy effects. Spinach is chock full of oxalates, which bind to calcium and iron, making them unavailable to our bodies. Consuming too much of it can even lead to the formation of kidney stones as well as gastrointestinal distress and iron absorption issues.
2. Broccoli. While broccoli may be rich in anti-oxidants and cancer fighting properties, big quantities of it may lead to hypothyroidism, a condition in which the thyroid is under active and does not make enough thyroid hormone.
3. Kale. Similar to broccoli, kale also contains the same goitrogenic compounds that compete with iodine for absorption by the thyroid. Eating a little steamed kale here and there may not cause troubles in individuals not prone to thyroid issues, but it would be best not to have tall glasses of raw kale juice daily.
4. Corn. While it is technically considered a whole grain, corn is actually not a very nutritious food. It has the worst fatty acid profile of all grains, being very deficient in omega-3 essential fatty acids. Corn is also the common fungal host to over 22 different kinds of fungi, some of which put out toxins that are debilitating to human health and life. To add to this, it has an extremely low nutrient profile, containing very little calcium and other important nutrients needed by our bodies.
5. Potatoes. A root vegetable that is eaten daily by Americans, the humble potato does contain some good nutrients like B vitamins, vitamin C and some minerals. However, not only are these nutrients mostly located in the skin which is not always eaten – but the flesh breaks down to a simple refined carb that can wreak havoc on your blood sugar levels, which can lead to pancreas stress and eventually, type 2 Diabetes.