“Eat your vegetables” or “vegetables are good for you” these and many more are phrases we have been hearing since we were little kids, and as we grow, we start to say them to others as well. But did you know that there are cases when eating certain vegetables and greens is not good for your health?
1- If you were diagnosed with having high levels of oxalate in your urine, or have a history with oxalate kidney stones, then there are certain vegetables you should avoid. Mainly, avoid rich in oxalate vegetables, such as spinach, rhubarb, beets, and beet greens.
2- All those suffering from heartburn know that they limit the amount of tomatoes they eat as much as possible. Researchers have yet to discover the substance in the tomatoes that cause acid reflexes. Until then, avoid tomatoes if you have heartburn.
3- Do you get gout attacks often? Then asparagus must not be part of your diet. This is due to the fact that asparagus contains purines, especially in the spears. These purines promote the production of uric acid which leads to gout attacks.
4- cabbage and other cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts contain bacteria that live in the intestinal tract and cause gas and bloating. So if you have ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease, then these vegetables are not to be part of your diet.
5- Raw turnips have progoitrin and gluconasturtin, which are considered goitrogenic substances that can disturb the thyroid gland’s ability to make its hormones. So for those with an inactive thyroid, if you are to eat turnips, DON’T, or at least eat little portions and cook them well.
6- If you have certain allergies, then some types of vegetables (and fruits) will be bad for you. For example, if you are allergic to ragweed pollen then you should avoid eating vegetables like artichokes. If you are allergic to salicylates (aspirin allergy) then your doctor must’ve told you to avoid radishes.