Ever since we were kids, we’re told time and again to eat our vegetables. This only means that vegetables are some of the most nutrient-dense foods on the face of the planet.
It’s true that all vegetables are good for you. However, there are a few that should be consumed in moderation due to a few reasons — sometimes they mainly contain starch, while other times they may have a lot of pesticides in them.
Below you will come across a list of vegetables that you don’t necessarily have to avoid, but add to your diet in moderation only. They are still good for you, but there are alternatives to them that you should focus on more.
No, white potatoes are on this list not because they are popularly consumed in the form of fries and chips. It’s a good idea for you to have white potatoes every now and then because they mainly yield starch.
Although it’s true that white potatoes still supply your body with nutrients such as potassium, magnesium, B complex and vitamin C, the fact is starch is the primary nutrient that you can get from them.
Besides, experts say that white potatoes are some of those with high pesticide content, not to mention that they’re part of the nightshade family of vegetables that can have unfavorable effects on the nerves, muscles and joints.
Everyone knows that bell peppers are packed with vitamin C, a nutrient that helps keep your immune system strong. Sadly, these crunchy treats are just like white potatoes in that they are nightshade vegetables, too.
The problem with anything that belongs to the nightshade family is that they contain compounds that can do more harm than good, especially in some people with certain conditions.
For instance, bell peppers and other nightshade vegetables should be avoided by those who are suffering from arthritis. If not, it’s for certain that their joints will end up achy, inflamed and stiff afterwards!
Regardless if steamed, grilled or popped, there’s no denying that corn is a delight to eat. It’s very high in fiber, plus it also provides your body with some magnesium, B complex, vitamin C and carotenoids.
Unfortunately, corn available these days is the product of genetic modification — corn being sold at your favorite supermarket is regarded as a GMO, which is short for genetically modified organism.
The problem with GMOs is they tend to introduce new types of proteins to the body that your immune system may not be able to recognize, thus causing unnecessary problems such as allergies and inflammation.
You may be surprised to find spinach on this list, but the sad truth is the consumption of spinach on a regular basis can actually do you more harm than good.
Well, before you completely turn your back on spinach, it’s important to note that what’s bad for you is the non-organic kind, which is said to contain more than 48 different types of pesticides, according to studies.
But whether organic or not, it’s a good idea for those who are suffering from kidney stones and gouty arthritis to steer clear of Popeye’s favorite vegetable due to the fact that it’s high in oxalates and purines.
Its bright and lovely color is a testament that it is dense in nutrients, including most especially vitamin A that your eye needs in order for them to stay healthy. Vitamin A is good for your skin, too.
Sadly, summer squash also contains oxalates just like spinach. If you are prone to kidney stones, it’s highly recommended for you to steer clear of summer squash.
Even if you do not suffer from kidney stones, be wary of summer squash because it can be laden with up to 41 types of pesticides. When shopping, go for nothing but organically grown summer squash.
Revered for its loads of vitamin C, cucumber can help keep the immune system strong. It also has beautifying properties that can help get rid of eye puffiness and dark under eye circles ASAP.
Unfortunately, most of today’s cucumbers contain a number of pesticides — about 35 all in all. Many of these pesticides can cause hormonal imbalance which is something that can be blamed for a number of health nightmares.
Of course it’s a terrible idea to eliminate cucumber from your diet. In order to keep your normal levels of hormones intact, make sure that you opt for nothing but organic cucumbers.