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Health Tips: Nutritious Foods You Should Consume Moderately


As they say, too much of everything is not good.  Having everything
in moderation is not just a rule applied to taking sugar or having too
many cookies. The same can be said for eating in moderation. You
probably didn’t know that no matter how nutritious a food can be, if
taken too much can be bad for your health.
Eating a moderate meal
and having a balanced diet can help with weight control and help you
stay healthy. When you start eating what your body craves, in the right
amount your body needs, you will find that you will have a balanced and
broader food choice.

Here are some healthy foods that should be consumed in moderate portions:
Banana:
Bananas have health benefits like; fighting cancer, increases energy
levels, reduces bloating. It’s also rich in vitamins and minerals like
potassium and vitamin B-6.  However, they are known to cause weight
gain. Having too many is certainly not good for the health. One medium
banana contains nearly 10 percent of the potassium you need for an
entire day, they fill you up with relatively few calories, which helps
you maintain a healthy weight. One large banana contains around 120
calories and for every 3,500 calories added, you gain about one pound of
body fat. So it’s best to stop after one.

Tomatoes/ oranges:

They
are acidic, meaning they have lower pH levels than others produce. This
acidity can disrupt the pH balance in your body. Studies have shown
that increased acid intake associated with eating too many oranges or
tomatoes can lead to acid reflux. It is recommended to stick to no more
than two oranges/tomatoes a day or avoid these foods altogether if you
already have symptoms of reflux.
Soya: It
is a healthy plant-based protein go-to for those looking to avoid meat.
It’s also good for cholesterol and blood pressure at moderate levels.
But, excessive intake has the potential to cause iron-deficiency
anaemia. Recent studies have also found soya might cause fetus
disruption and premature puberty. You shouldn’t have more than two
servings of soya per day or less. 
Spinach:
The delicious leafy green it’s packed with nutrients that your body
needs. It’s a great source of fibre, protein and vitamins and minerals,
including lutein, which can help prevent muscular degeneration. That
said, it’s also high in oxalate, a compound that can cause kidney
stones. It’s advisable to people with calcium oxalate kidney stones to
avoid eating spinach in high quantities.

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Water:

While
drinking plenty water is good for the health, but excessive water
intake can cause water intoxication; this happens when taking too much
water dilutes your sodium levels. This could result in an unhealthy low
blood sodium level which can lead to impaired brain function and even
death. Make sure you’re not consuming too much water, don’t force
yourself to over-drink. Check your urine: If it’s always clear, reduce
your intake.
Potatoes:
Potatoes are full of nutrients including vitamin B6, bloat-banishing
potassium and filling fibre. They’re also rich in antioxidants and can
help to lower blood pressure. Studies, however, have shown that eating
potatoes four or more times has the tendency to increase the risk of
high blood pressure. Fried and mashed potatoes can also add up calories
in the fat department. It’s best to eat them occasionally.

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Updated: 6th May 2018 — 9:44 pm