Despite the fact that a lot of vegetables are considered to be a dietary staple, there are some that aren’t really healthy at all. Don’t take us wrong, what we mean by ‘unhealthy’ is that, they don’t contain the amount of nutrients your body needs. However, because they’re still healthier than processed foods, they’re often labeled by marketers as “dietary alternatives”. Read on to discover some of the vegetables that you thought were healthy.
Who doesn’t love potatoes? However, even though potatoes have some health benefits, a lot of people consider them to be more of starch and when compared to other green vegetables, they don’t have the same nutritional punch that the latter have.
Also, they’re one of the vegetables that have the highest levels of pesticides which are harmful to one’s health especially to our liver. Not just that, these spuds belong to the nightshade family that’s packed with alkaloids that could negatively affect the joint function, nerve-muscle function, and digestive function.
If it’s hard for you to avoid this root crop, sweet potatoes, jicama, and cauliflower are some of the ideal substitutes.
Just like the potatoes, eggplants are also members of the nightshade family. They have a high level of solanine that could cause inflammation and serious joint problems. Thus, it’s highly advisable to stay away from purple veggies. Furthermore, eggplants contain oxalates, a naturally occurring substance that could trigger kidney stones.
Conventional means it’s non-organic. Also, it’s believed that spinach is one of the unhealthiest vegetables that you should avoid. Despite the fact that it’s packed with vitamins and anti-cancer properties, spinach is also one of your veggies that has the highest levels of pesticides. Likewise, it also has purines and oxalates, which could contribute to kidney stones.
Yes, they’re refreshing, but they’re also included in this list. It has been revealed that cucumbers have a lot of pesticide residue and they could even affect the hormones of the body, negatively. Also, most conventional cucumbers have synthetic wax and a lot of chemical contaminants. As much as possible, opt for organic cucumber to avoid those synthetic waxes.
A lot of people are probably aware that celery is nutritionless and it’s just a crunchy vegetable used for dipping, and nothing more. Likewise, even though it’s packed with fiber and antioxidant properties, it also has a high content of pesticide residue.
“Eat your vegetables” that’s the common phrase we often hear when we were little, and we believe that our mothers were right. Vegetables are one of the best ways to stay healthy, but not all vegetables could give you the benefit you need. Thus, it’s important to be familiar about which ones are considered to be nutritious and which ones are not. We don’t want to fill up our bodies with vegetables that aren’t really healthy, right?