CAn healthy foods be "too" healthy?

United States
June 29, 2009 9:57pm CST
I just answered a discussion on the benefits of green tea and how good it actually is for you. I believe this to be true. However, my daughter's doctor told her that she should not consume green tea while she's pregnant because it actually has "too many" antioxidants in it. I had never heard of such! Is it true? Do you think green tea can harm you? I also heard a man say the doctor told him to stop drinking green tea because he kept getting kidney stones. I wouldn't think the healthy stuff would cause that, do you? My daughter was also told not to drink any herbal teas and such while pregnant! What do you think? Can healthy foods be "too" healthy?
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@sjvenden27 (1850)
• United States
30 Jun 09
Honestly too much of anything is not good for the body.. Its just like water, if you drink too much of it you will die, and I am not just talking about drowning either.. You can die from too much water.. In my opinion; everything to a point is good for you in moderation. Another food that is not good for someone while they are pregnant is fish.. I was told when I was pregnant with my son not to consume more then one serving a week.. Something about the mercury in the fish.. That is why I do not agree with some of these new diets that are out there... Cutting out one type of food and doubling or tripling another food group is unhealthy.. When I was a child I did not eat a lot of meat, and almost never red meat.. Now as an adult, I can not stomach (more then a deck of cards) that much red meat.. Some people laugh at me.. But I tell them the story about the time I enjoyed a T-bone steak that my grandmother made for me, then they leave me alone... Good luck to your daughter and her pregnancy!
• United States
30 Jun 09
You are absolutely correct about leaving off some and adding others! It's important to keep educated on what is going into our foods too! It's amazing what is in some foods that are considered "healthy." I have been trying to go organic as much as possible even with what little meat I consume!
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• United States
30 Jun 09
I was told by someone that you do not really need to eat meat at all.. You can get the same nutritional values that are found in meat, in vegetables.. Not sure if I completely believe that... But it makes me feel a lot better of not having a lot of meat, or giving my son a lot of meat.. I think that yes there is a lot of protien and stuff in meat.. But there is also a lot of fats, some are good for us but in large portions can be harmful.
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• United States
1 Jul 09
I am not sure I agree with the statement that vegatables contain the same nutrients as meats. However, I believe we can obtain the needed protien and fats from healthier places. For instance, beans actually contain more protein than meat, but no fat! Eggs contain the complex proteins needed. I eat a lot of cheese, yogurt and eggs to make up for some of the needed nutrients. I also eat nuts which also have many of the good fats that are necessary... avocados have good fats too!
@hairypits (294)
30 Jun 09
The way I think is this... eat locally and seasonally with all fruit, meat and vegetables - and everything else you consume. It is based on looking back to the early days when we were effectively hunter gatherers. Green tea - to the best of my knowledge - isn't grown in the US nor is it grown in the UK. What we have in copious amounts is milk from local dairies, juices from local fruits and water water water. A lot of herbal supplements and tea's have antioxidising and appetite suppressing qualities as well as many other side effects. Think about it - if it can have these side effects it could also have many negative ones. I agree with the doctor about the number of antioxidants being dangerous in your daughter's pregnancy as it encourages the body to FLUSH EVERYTHING...A BIG NO NO!!! Hope that helps - I've never gone wrong with this theory xxx
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• United States
1 Jul 09
Sounds like you've done your research! Iagree that it is best to eat locally grown i season foods. At least you can do this when it is possible. It is getting more and more difficult to do as farming has become so commercialized!
1 Jul 09
I've started growing my own veggies and my garden was a fruit orchard when the former owners lived here. In the UK, especially in the north where I live it is very rural and there are loads of farms so I have loads of options to shop locally. I'm pretty lucky really x
• United States
30 Jun 09
I think so. Our bodies were designed to cleanse themselves and certain toxins/bacteria are actually useful to maintain proper health. However, I think with the average American diet that we do need to detoxify but everything in moderation. I think we can get carried away and actually do more harm than good.
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• United States
30 Jun 09
WEll, that does make some sense. You are probably correct!! We do have some messed up food here in the American diet. There are so many preservatives and antibiotics and addititves it's a wonder we are still alive at all really!! Thanks for the response!
• United States
30 Jun 09
In reference to the herbals while pregnant...my doctor told me the same thing. When I challenged it he reminded me that some herbal substanstances are actually stimulants and can affect the babies brain development. That was enough to scare me!
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• Norway
30 Jun 09
I really dont believe something can be too healthy for a person. Maybe in special cases some specific foods that are considered healthy can actually exacerbate a tipe of health disorder. Generally healthy foods promote better health and you just cant get enough of good health I believe. You should check out olive leaves. The antioxidants in olive leaves are said to be more potent than that of green tea. It is one of natures best antibiotics.
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• United States
1 Jul 09
Now that's something new. I had not heard that about olive leaves. Thanks for the information.. I'll have to research their availability in this area!
• United States
30 Jun 09
I guess Too much of a good thing, it too much of a good thing. So what are we suppose to do?? Blaence it out with junk food? LOl jk
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• United States
1 Jul 09
lol!! Sounds like a balanced argument to me!! Lol!!
• India
30 Jun 09
well, as they say, too much is too bad. i guess it applies to everything. in life, everyting has to be in moderation.
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• United States
1 Jul 09
Moderation is indeed the rule to follow... really for about everything!!! Thanks for your response.
@tuyakiki (3026)
• India
30 Jun 09
Nice discussion..Green tea is good for health. I take it once a day.It keeps away sleep,so I often prefer taking it while I am on work.It has many medicinal values..Yesterday I read something about it in a medical journal.I would like to share it with you....The synopsis of the article goes like this: Green tea has been used as a medicine in China for at least 4,000 years. Today, scientific research in both Asia and the west is providing hard evidence for the health benefits long associated with drinking green tea. It reduced the risk of esophageal cancer in men and women by nearly sixty percent. University of Purdue researchers recently concluded that a compound in green tea inhibits the growth of cancer cells. There is also research indicating that drinking green tea lowers total cholesterol levels, as well as improving the ratio of good (HDL) cholesterol to bad (LDL) cholesterol. Apart from it, Green tea can even help prevent tooth decay..... But the only harmful effect of Green tea is it can cause Insomnia,as it contains caffeine.. So it should be taken in small quantity regularly.
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• United States
1 Jul 09
Awesome information.. thanx for sharing!!!
@peavey (16588)
• United States
30 Jun 09
Besides what the other posters have mentioned, individuals have different needs, partly at least according to their health. For instance, drinking water is good for you, but some kidney patients are limited in how much water they can drink because their kidneys can't process it fast enough. Herbs do things to the body - that's why they're taken - and not everything they do is good for a baby, so that's why pregnant women need to be careful of what they take. A balanced, organic diet that does NOT include soft drinks and overprocessed snacks is better than overdoing "healthy" foods.
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• United States
1 Jul 09
You made some very good points. Thanks for your response. I have to agree that a well-balanced organic diet is best! (My daughter probably doesn't agree!) It makes sense that all herbs are not good for you or your baby! It pays to educate oneself in every arena I suppose!
@yugasini (12816)
• Anantapur, India
30 Jun 09
hi macdingolinger, in my view green tea is best now a days,doctors and most of the people are recommending green tea, but i do not know green tea is good/bad to pregnents
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• United States
1 Jul 09
Thanks for your response. I am not sure yet either, because I have not yet studied it out.
@sunny0806 (248)
• China
30 Jun 09
I think that nothing is absolute. Some healthy foods may be good for normal persons while be harmful for some special persons.And little may be good while much may be bad. The key is that we can know when and how much is good for us.
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• United States
30 Jun 09
Very good point! It is so very important for us to know our own bodies and what it takes to get them healthy and also to keep them healthy! thanx for the response!