7 Healthy Foods That Can Actually Make You Sick

posted by Jessica Goodman - 

These are some of the worst offenders. 🚩

Posted by Family Circle on Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Sometimes when you are told something is healthy for you, it could be healthy in general but every person is different and have different tolerances, allergies, and so forth. You have also heard rumors too like avocados are fattening but are really a good fat in actuality. But here is a list of 7 foods that sound healthy but how they can make you sick to keep you fully aware. 

1. Cruciferous Veggies

 Before you dip into that crudite platter or dig into a broccoli slaw, you should consider whether those raw veggies will give you an upset stomach after eating. “Cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower are rich in anti-cancer compounds like indoles and suporafane,” explains LA-based nutritionist LeeAnn Weintraub, MPH, RD. “But they also contain a high amount of insoluble fiber which, especially when consumed raw, can cause digestive upset including gas, bloating, and cramps.” That doesn’t mean you have to skip them entirely, but you might be better off roasting, sautéing, or steaming your veggies in olive oil and cutting down on how much you eat in a sitting.

2. Milk and Dairy Products 

While dairy foods may be full of protein and calcium, the lactose could very well be creating digestive issues for you. In fact, according to the National Library of Medicine (NIH), about 65 percent of the population has a decreased ability to process lactose, an intolerance most common in people of East Asian, West African, Arab, Jewish, and Mediterranean descent. “When an individual eats a food that he/she is sensitive to, they can experience gastric distress, develop headaches, and notice a lack of energy,” explains nutritionist Kristin Kirkpatrick, MD, RDN. Those with lactose intolerance tend to get gas, bloating, and abdominal pain after consuming dairy.

3. Citrus Fruits 

Despite the fact that they’re loaded with immune-boosting Vitamin C, lemons, limes, oranges, and grapefruits can all mess with your digestion. “If you have certain conditions like heartburn or gastritis, the high acidity levels in these fruits can worsen your symptoms,” says Weintraub.

4. Whole Grains

Of course fiber is a good thing to have in your diet. That said, according to Kirkpatrick, too much fiber can be problematic, causing bloating, pain, and constipation, as well as gas and diarrhea. The recommended amount of daily fiber is about 25 grams for women and 38 grams for men, so don’t go overboard on the oats and grains, and try to spread out your intake throughout the day so you don’t get an upset stomach after eating. Drinking lots of water can also help to minimize any ill effects.

5. Spicy Peppers

You may have heard that spicy foods are the secret to longevity, but too much of a good thing can have painful results. “Spicy peppers like jalapeños are loaded with nutrients and contain a compound called capsaicin, which boosts your metabolism,” says Weintraub. “However, some people with sensitive digestive tracts might have difficulty with worsening symptoms after eating spicy foods.”

6. Avocado

This superfruit is a superfood, but if you’ve ever noticed stomach distress after digging into your avocado toast, you could have a sensitivity. Avocados are a high-histamine food, so if you tend to have food intolerances, this could be one for you. It was for me, and still is to this day, so I can only eat my beloved guac in small doses. Kirkpatrick also points out that if you have gall bladder issues, the high-fat content of an avocado could be triggering as well.

7. Sugar-Free Foods

These days, we’re regularly reminded that sugar is the devil, which leads many to flock to sugar substitutes instead. “Sugar alcohols like sorbitol and xylitol are used as weight-loss and diabetes-friendly sweeteners in everything from sugar-free candy to jams to beverages,” says Weintraub. “While these products are seen as a more natural sugar alternative, too much can cause gastrointestinal distress including, gas, cramping, and diarrhea.” Some are more sensitive than others, but if you notice an upset stomach after eating a sugar-free indulgence, it’s probably better just to treat yourself to the real deal.

It's also a good thing to know that you gotta figure out what works for you and your body. Don't just eat something because it is supposedly healthy when it really causes you to feel ill. 

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