Too Much Veggies?

Meat lovers rejoice! Yes, there is such a thing as eating too much veggies!

 

We’ve been told from young to eat our veggies. There is no doubt there are definite health benefits to be had. However, like everything else in this world, too much of a good thing is bad.

NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS OF EATING ENOUGH VEGETABLES

  1. Most are low in fat and calories. None have any cholesterol
  2. Important sources of nutrients, including fiber, potassium, folate, vitamin A & C
  3. Some of these nutrients can ONLY be gotten from vegetables & fruits

 

HEALTH BENEFITS

  1. As part of an overall healthy diet, eating foods such as vegetables that are lower in calories per cup instead of some other higher-calorie food may be useful in helping to lower calorie intake.
  2. Eating a diet rich in vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet may reduce risk for heart disease, including heart attack and stroke.
  3. Eating a diet rich in some vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet may protect against certain types of cancers.
  4. Adding vegetables can help increase intake of fiber and potassium, which are important nutrients that many Americans do not get enough of in their diet.

 

HOW MUCH VEGETABLE DO WE NEED DAILY

It’s recommended that we eat 2 portions of fruits and vegetables each per day. That’s about 4 coffee mugs of fruits and raw vegetables. There are recommendations for minimum amounts but no upper limit restrictions.

 

WHEN DOES IT BECOME A PROBLEM

Too much fiber. That’s what it all boils down to.

In Singapore, the recommended fiber intake is 20 grams for women and 26 grams for men per day. Eating the above recommended 4 cups per day covers this.

Eating too much fiber can exceed your stomach’s ability to process it, potentially leading to gas, bloating and severe constipation. Furthermore, since your stomach is busy clearing the fiber, it may not have the capacity to absorb the other nutrients you have eaten.

 

HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH

That depends very much on you. Every stomach is unique to itself. If you have decided to up your vegetable intake, keep a look out for the symptoms. Studies have found that consuming more than 3 to 4 cups of vegetables and fruit is the ideal. Any  more and the benefits begin to dissipate.

 

In summary, eat as much vegetables and fruit as you can. The benefits of keeping you regular, maintaining your weight, blood sugar and cholesterol level far outweighs avoidance.

 

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