Jun 5, 2014
Meet the seemingly innocent foods that could be harming your health and thwarting your slim-down efforts…
So, you’re eating smart but your wholesome diet hasn’t helped you slim down or buzz with energy? We may have the answer – if you’re not getting the results you crave, you could be piling your plate with the wrong foods for your body. We’re all different, and the diet that works for one person may not work for you. So if you’re suffering sore joints, feeling sluggish or simply can’t shift those last few pounds, read up on the culprits that could be standing in the way of your best body ever.
Are you sitting down? Good, because we’ve got some shocking news to share: tucking into platefuls of veggies might not lead to glowing health. Of course, vegetables aren’t unhealthy, but certain types are thought to exacerbate joint disorders such as osteoarthritis and osteoporosis. Veggies from the nightshade family (named so because they grow at night), such as aubergines, peppers and tomatoes, contain a compound called oxalic acid which inhibits the absorption of calcium – an important mineral for keeping your bones healthy. Nightshade vegetables are also high in an alkaloid called solanine which, when consumed in high volumes, has been linked to inflammation. If you often suffer from joint pain, try cutting these vegetables out for two or three weeks to see if you notice a difference in your symptoms.
Choose this instead: Veggies from the brassica family, such as calcium-packed broccoli, are a good substitute for nightshade vegetables. Serve them with a sprinkle of turmeric, as this spice contains an anti-inflammatory ingredient called curcumin. And give your meals and fresh juices a healthy kick with fiery ginger – it’s packed with compounds called gingerols which help to reduce joint pain.
Do you start your day with a tall glass of grapefruit juice? Many prescription medications, from cholesterol-lowering statins to some forms of the Pill, interact with grapefruit – when taken together, the fruit can interfere with the way the drug is broken down. A 2012 study by scientists at Lawson Health Research Institute in London found that grapefruit interacts with a whopping 43 major prescription drugs. They also found that eating one grapefruit a day or drinking a 200ml glass of juice was enough to cause side effects including heart problems.
Choose this instead: If you’re taking any prescription medications always read the labels and cut out grapefruit where advised. Opt for veg-based smoothies instead of supermarket juices to downgrade your risk.
Yoghurt has a (well-deserved) reputation for easing digestive disorders thanks to its hefty probiotic content. Natural yoghurt is also a great source of protein and calcium. The bad news? Experts have linked dairy intake with an exacerbation of seasonal allergies. It’s thought casein, a natural protein in dairy, may increase mucus production. If you think you …read more