The benefits of fruits and vegetables are well-known, and their harm and anti-eating things are not all thought about
Since childhood, we have been taught that fruits, berries, and vegetables are useful. For many years it seemed an unshakable axiom. Growing up, we began to realize that not everything is so simple in this world, not everything is white and black. So, in this case, it turned out that there are many pitfalls. Below it will not be about some horror stories, like “all watermelons can not be eaten, they are poisoned”, but about facts indicating the dangers emanating from the fruit we love.
In mid-September, the media published data with reference to the American cardiologist Stephen Gandhi, who told about the dangers of tomatoes. The danger of tomatoes is that they contain the protein lectin, which can provoke inflammatory processes in the human body. And this, in turn, is likely to lead to dangerous diseases.
The cardiologist also pointed to the association of lectin with the appearance of chronic fatigue, deterioration of brain activity, rash on the skin and even with baldness. If consumed in too many quantities, hypervitaminosis can develop, as well as exacerbate hypertension. Caution to the consumption of tomatoes in food should be treated those who are predisposed to urinary stone disease.
Potatoes contain solanine – in fact, it is a poison that scares off various pests. This applies to other plants of the family of pastels, such as eggplants. However, it is because of the widespread consumption of potatoes in food cases of poisoning with this alkaloid periodically occur. Most of it in tubers, which were incorrectly stored. Everyone knows that green potatoes can not be eaten, but not because of the color, just due to the presence of chlorophyll, and because of the increased content of salt in such tubers. And it does not break down with heat treatment.
Also, some experts believe that the consumption of potatoes from last year’s harvest leads to a decline in strength and decrease in performance, which many of us take for the so-called avitaminosis. The fact is that it is in the spring that the alkaloid content is about five times greater than in autumn. Poisoning may not reach, but the harm to the body is still. They are also called “potato gas.” Even not very long stay in such a room can be enough to lose consciousness and fatally poison.
Corn, beans, carrots
Let’s run briefly through other popular crops. In almost all “hit parades” of harmful vegetables, corn takes the leading position. This vegetable crop is very caloric, so nutritionists warn: regular consumption of corn can lead to a weight gain of up to 2.5 kilograms per year. This has been confirmed by special studies. In addition, it is not contraindicated to eat her suffering from chronic diseases of the twelve-year-old bowel.
Incorrect storage of beans makes it mycotoxin poison, provoking damage to the liver and kidney tissue, gastrointestinal tract, central nervous system, and even reproductive organs.
It is not recommended to eat raw carrots (the same applies to carrot juice) to those who have liver problems. It’s all about carotene, which can be absorbed by the walls of the stomach, only being dissolved in droplets of fat. Therefore, experts recommend eating carrots in a grated form with a spoonful of olive oil.
Smoothly move on to fruits and berries. Bananas are quite heavy food, not the best way to affect digestion. Do you have elevated blood cholesterol or varicose veins? Put these yellow fruits aside – bananas tend to increase blood clotting. It turns out fresh apricots are not worth eating on an empty stomach, it can lead to his disorder. The plums have a similar effect. Some also split the contents of the bones of these fruits and also eat. In a small amount, it is not terrible, but if you get too carried away, you can be poisoned. The fact that these bones contain a very dangerous substance amygdalin, which in the digestive system is converted into cyanide.
Lychees are one of the most famous exotic fruits. On the shelves of Russian stores, they began to appear more and more often. However, immature fruits carry real danger. There have been cases of mass poisoning of children in India, including fatalities. Poor kids one by one lost consciousness and began to beat in convulsions.
The fact that the larvae that have not been able to finish contain hypoglycin and methylencilopropilglycin, because of which there is a decrease in blood glucose levels. If initially, it was low, the person falls into a hypoglycemic coma. Lack of timely medical care, in this case, leads to death. You can eat a kilo or more for watching your favorite TV series. That’s where the danger lies these berries. Grapes are harmful to those who have kidney problems. It can also cause anemia. In addition, grapes are very caloric and contain a lot of sugar.
Of course, any fruit or vegetable will be harmful if it is stuffed with nitrates or some other chemistry. As promised, we will not frighten readers with horror stories, but let us note that according to the data for the last few years, apples are the most dangerous fruit in terms of pesticide content. In total, they have identified 47 different pesticides that are directly harmful to the human body. And six of them are among the most famous and most commonly found carcinogens, 16 varieties have a negative impact on hormonal levels, 11 belong to the group of so-called toxins.
In the second place, according to the Environmental Working Group, peaches. Also among the most infected are strawberries, blueberries, cherries, grapes and, oddly enough, celery. Experts note that most pesticides in fruits with thin skin – its thickness is not enough to protect the fruit from chemicals. In these cases, even cleaning it from the skin will not help.
Therefore, you need to choose very carefully vegetables and fruits, pay attention to their appearance, coloring, unnatural spots. It should be remembered that the probability of running into chemistry-packed fruits increases off-season. This is especially true of those brought from abroad. However, all of the above does not mean that you need to give up fruits and vegetables. The benefits of their use while observing simple preventive measures outweigh the possible harm.