These health foods have a dark side

When we eat ‘healthy’ food we like to think that we’re doing something good for our bodies. But there is a dark side to many of the foods that we think are beneficial.

These health foods have a dark side

We’ve all heard it before, thrown around by health channels and doctors, ‘all things in moderation’. But the truth to this nutritional go-to may be more important than you’d think. Here are six superfoods to watch out for.

Everyone knows that eggs are good for you … right? Packed with protein, amino acids, vitamins and good cholesterol, eggs have major health benefits for your whole body. But don’t let this superfood fool you; they are high in calories. The over-consumption of eggs has been linked to diabetes, poor heart health and even cancer. Healthline recommends eating no more than three whole eggs each day.

Like many fermented foods, pickles are packed with probiotics that aid digestion and gut health. A recent study has also found that eating pickles can potentially help to reduce social anxiety and depression. Pickles can also help to fight spleen cancer, lower blood sugar, help restless legs, and if you’re brave enough to drink pickle juice it can help soothe muscle cramps. However, pickles are high in sodium, are acidic and can cause bloating, stomach upset, ingestion and even increase blood pressure if consumed too frequently.

Coffee has a number of surprising health benefits including lowering your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, liver disease as well as prostate and breast cancer. Two cups of coffee a day has also been shown to reduce the rate of erectile dysfunction in men. While it is usually safe to consume up to four cups of coffee each day, drinking any more can have some serious adverse side-effects. Having too much caffeine can cause stomach upset, diarrhoea, an increased heart rate, restlessness, nausea and even insomnia.

Avocados are known to help prevent heart-related diseases, lower ‘bad’ cholesterol, relieve arthritis and may even prevent cancer. They contain fibre, antioxidants and more potassium than bananas. However, even though the fats in avocado are unsaturated, eating too many can lead to weight gain.

Some good news for all you chocoholics out there, chocolate may be benefiting more than just your taste buds. Cocoa has been shown to reduce blood pressure, reduce the risk of heart attacks, stroke and can even lower blood sugar. However, milk chocolate is high in sugar content and can lead to weight gain if overconsumed.

Nuts are loaded with antioxidants, nutrients and fibre. They have been shown to extend your life when eaten daily by reducing your risk of heart attack and stroke, lowering cholesterol and aiding weight loss. However, most studies showing the benefits of eating nuts relate to nuts without added ingredients, so your favourite salted cashews might not be giving you all the benefits you’d hoped for. They are also high in fat, so if you tend to go back for a second or third handful, they may cause weight gain.

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Health disclaimer: This article contains general information about health issues and is not advice. For health advice, consult your medical practitioner.



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    16th Dec 2019
    After reading this, I realise that I am quite moderate in consumption; nuts, chocolate eggs etc
    Nose Hair Bob
    16th Dec 2019
    Just one of many science backed videos on the false claims by the egg board.

    One egg contains about 213 milligrams of dietary cholesterol, the DAILY recommended LIMIT is 300.
    Not even a single egg a day is any good.
    17th Dec 2019
    I agree NHB, no eggs for me either, but the egg board does keep flogging the same lies.
    16th Dec 2019
    All a bit nit-picky
    16th Dec 2019
    I enjoy chopped nuts - either almonds, walnuts or Brazil nuts - on my morning cereal every day, along with some fruit, either fresh or stewed. I occasionally enjoy some salted peanuts or cashews but keep it to a minimum because of the salt and the fat content. I also love chocolate but limit how much I eat.
    I guess it's like "everything in moderation".
    80 plus
    16th Dec 2019
    What are pickles? pickled onions? pickled cucumbers (wallies), cocktail onions, gherkins please advise
    17th Dec 2019
    Nothing fermented is really good for you despite the claims, it is too acidic, and contains alcohol which your liver hates. Eat the food fresh.
    17th Dec 2019
    I do not believe in the wording "everything in moderation", that is different for everyone, you either eat it or you eat none or less or more. I only eat avocado once a week (about half a one) and have homemade almond milk each day less than a glass, and eat seeds but not too many. I rarely eat nuts. Keeping fats low is important for good health. And no point eating salted nuts that is not good for health either. Do not eat eggs, fermented foods and very rarely chocolate (and only with raw cacoa in it, no milk or additives).

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