Of course you know that it is not good to eat too many chips or chocolate. It is simply better to eat unhealthy things in moderation. But did you know that this also applies to certain healthy foods? Nutritionist Jenna Hope gives five surprising examples.
If you are looking for a healthy alternative to coffee, matcha tea offers a solution. This drink contains many antioxidants and it contains L-theanine, which has a calming effect on the brain. The release of caffeine in the body is also slower, so you have fewer spikes and troughs in your energy. But beware: matcha still contains regular caffeine, so if you drink too much of it, chances are that it will be difficult for you to fall asleep at night.
2. Nut butter
Do you also like to add some nut butter to your porridge or smoothie? Very good! Nut butter is high in monounsaturated fats, which are essential for your brain and health. In addition, it is a source of vegetable proteins, making you feel full for longer. However, it also contains many calories: one scoop of nut butter contains no less than one hundred calories. It is therefore wise to eat nut butter in moderation.
3. Soy products
Soy products are a source of protein, monounsaturated fats, selenium and zinc. Many vegetarians and vegans therefore replace their milk products with soy products. However, research has shown that soya increases estrogen levels, which increases the risk of breast cancer. It is therefore wise to use soy products in moderation or to go for an alternative such as oat milk or almond milk.
4. Dried fruit
Dried fruit is a really healthy snack, if you do not eat too much. In addition to fiber, potassium and magnesium, it also contains many natural sugars. One serving of raisins can contain up to twenty grams of sugar, which is more than two thirds of the daily recommended amount of sugar.
Beetroot is rich in nutrients and nitrates that can lower your blood pressure and improve your endurance. Unfortunately, beetroot also contains many oxalates, which bind to calcium and magnesium, and inhibit their intake. Because low calcium intake increases the risk of weak and brittle bones, it is wise not to eat it too often.