Beware of what you eat

@allknowing (54545)
India
January 2, 2013 1:08am CST
Every one sings praises of vegetables and fruits not realising that 'one man's food is another man's poison' What looks perfect on paper may turn out to be disastrous. It is best that one looks at each food closely and only eat it if it goes well with one's constitution. Take for example turmeric. Enough is not enough when talking about its benefits but those with gall stones for example should not touch it. Would you like to share what you know?
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@echoforever (5192)
• United States
3 Jan 13
I should research this perhaps in case in the future I need to know. Alas I didn't know about tumeric, I'm sure there are others alike that will be harmful to some. I love veggies and fruits though!
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@allknowing (54545)
• India
3 Jan 13
The moral of the story is echo, that we should take time off and study what triggers health issues and more often than not it is all because of foods that do not agree with us as individuals. Our internal organs work well if certain foods are consumed but unfortunately what is good for example the liver may not be good for the brain and so on. This general praise about foods specially fruits and vegetables should be taken in the context of what suits us as individuals. It is not just allergies but real health issues that are triggered because of certain foods that we eat. Peanuts are excellent packed with goodness but my liver warns me about them!
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@Hatley (149354)
• Garden Grove, California
3 Jan 13
small pieces of peanuts with blackberry seeds packed intoi a diverticuli in my colon and sent me to the hospital with bleeding diverticulitis. so four blood transfusions and one barium enema later they got my bleeding stopped and sent me home well again. It was a scary business for me as I loved seedy berries and nuts but now I cannot eat them
@allknowing (54545)
• India
3 Jan 13
Hopefully this discussion will not go in vain as I truly feel each of us should study our body get our parameters checked specially blood tests dne at regular intervals which will tell us whether all is well with us and more often than not it is the food that is the culprit. My doctor often reminded me that WUEIWYG - What you eat is what you get!
• Philippines
2 Jan 13
I think you are right, people should be extra careful in choosing or selecting the food that they eat.
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@allknowing (54545)
• India
3 Jan 13
But there is a general tendency to believe that fruits and vegetables are good! Not all of these foods improve one's health and certainly not on a general basis.
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@Hatley (149354)
• Garden Grove, California
3 Jan 13
hi you know how everyone uses cilantro for Mexican dishes well I ate it once and oh my gosh I was gasping for air , my throat was swelling and I ended up in an ER on oxygen until the iV of benadryl took effect. My throat tried to close up. So now I know I cannot tou c he the stuff yet everyone says how good it is for you.So it payus to know your own body and what it can handle. Just the odor of colled cilatro makes me feel queasy.lol
@Hatley (149354)
• Garden Grove, California
3 Jan 13
okay second time typos touch not touche ,pays us not payus'to know our own body, sorry about that.
@Sreekala (18197)
• India
2 Jan 13
I agree we have to take care of our health and avoid some kinds of foods. Some foods are not suitable for some kind of diseases. The diabetic people can’t eat all fruits and root form of vegetables. But I had no clue about the turmeric and I though that it is good for all people.
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@allknowing (54545)
• India
2 Jan 13
Even healthy persons kala, should know everything about what they eat, as generally fruits and vegetables are highly recommended. Have you had any experience of any highly recommended food having bad effects? This link will take you to turmeric: http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/turmeric-000277.htm
@ZoeJoy (1395)
• United States
2 Jan 13
It is important to check out to see if fruits and vegetables are fresh and ripe. Important to wash thoroughly before eating. Otherwise, I think fruit and vegetables are health and good for people. Best to eat raw, rather than cook fruit and vegetables. Stay healthy - eat healthy!
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@allknowing (54545)
• India
2 Jan 13
That is what is being said that fruits and vegetables are good for people. But all fruits and vegetables are not good for all people. I gave you an example in my topic. There are so many adverse effects by consuming fruits and vegetables and it is required that one should check about its suitability at an individual level. Have you found out any fruit or vegetable that is not suitable for you or your family?
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@Arieles (2474)
• United States
2 Jan 13
Turmeric is a spice and this is one spice that is heavily used in India and South America. Turmeric can actually help cure gallstones naturally. If you take to much turmeric it can be bad for you just like anything taken in large doses. Taken in large doses it can cause upset stomach, diarrhea, and nausea. The key in using turmeric is in the amount you use. What is turmeric good for? It helps arthritis sufferers, slows blood clotting time, it's good for bursitis, gout, headaches, etc...It's a natural occurring spice that will help to heal your body. Something I know? Cinnamon helps to lower your insulin level. I use it everyday on my oatmeal and apples.
@allknowing (54545)
• India
3 Jan 13
I mentioned turmeric as an example as it has several healing properties but people with gall stone are advised to avoid it. I agree with you. Overdoing anything is bad. What I wanted to highlight was that while everything good is mentioned about foods one needs to know their side effects. Walnuts are excellent for raising one's HDL but they will increase one's weight. Have you had any experience? Do share.
@Arieles (2474)
• United States
3 Jan 13
I haven't but I'm going to try it for my left hip. Yes, you did mention it was bad for gallstones and I did not agree with you. It is good for gallstones as long as you don't take to much. For every study that says it's bad, there's another study that says it is good for gallstones. It's a very interesting topic and I appreciate you posting this discussion.
@allknowing (54545)
• India
3 Jan 13
So shall I then repeat what I said "One man's food is another man's poison" ?
@vandana7 (53666)
• India
2 Jan 13
Well, if tomorrow, I were to die, I might have to return as ghost to eat pickles and ice creams, and chocolates and pastries. So I have decided to spare everybody who is scared of ghosts and go ahead with eating all that. A time will come when I will have to stop. Why dont I enjoy life till then...is my philosophy. lol
@allknowing (54545)
• India
3 Jan 13
If knowing that these things are not good for you and yet you go full bang that is fine as you would not want to return to earth as a ghost to savor them! I have heard that people return as ghosts to fulfil their unfulfilled dreams!
@vandana7 (53666)
• India
3 Jan 13
Imagine bakeries and ice cream parlours left with nothing..lol
@allknowing (54545)
• India
4 Jan 13
You mean to say you would be finishing them? A ghost with such a huge appetite. Never heard of it!
• Philippines
6 Jan 13
This is so true, people at this new age are fooled by how appearance looks sumptuous most especially on fast-food and frozen goods. People should consider that such foods if eaten on a daily basis can harm their system, not to mention their high cholesterol on such food and saturated fat content. It’s about time that people should be mindful on what they consume, as the saying goes, “you are what you eat” so, if you eat something that not healthy, then surely you are putting a bad lifestyle.
@allknowing (54545)
• India
6 Jan 13
More so when what is recommended by researchers, specially fruits and vegetables, may agree with some but not with all. It is therefore necessary that one goes by one's constitution and eat what suits them.
• Philippines
7 Jan 13
somehow you got a point on there, thanks for your response.
@allknowing (54545)
• India
9 Jan 13
We all therefore need to go for such food that agrees with us.
@marguicha (73800)
• Chile
4 Jan 13
I know people that say their body do not agree with onions or garlic while I cannot cook without them. Some other people say that avocados are too warm and feel they should only eat little of them. Yet doctors tell us that avocadoes have the best sort of oil for having low cholesterols levels. As you say, everyone is not identical to the other person. I prefer to let my body tell me what to do. I have problems when I don`t listen to my inner needs.
@allknowing (54545)
• India
4 Jan 13
No one tells us that we should go by what our body takes. There is always a general recommendation and most go by it only to land in trouble. It is not just allergies but some of these substances play havoc and sometimes it is too late to remedy the situation.
@marguicha (73800)
• Chile
4 Jan 13
I have even discovered thta if I eat something that I "think" might not be very fresh, I will have stomach problems even though noone else does.
@allknowing (54545)
• India
4 Jan 13
You better not think that way any more! I had this habit of advising others about foods that I found great. I will not do that any more!
@Life11211 (452)
• India
3 Jan 13
I agree with you. In order to live healthy life, one need to eat in moderation and also follow does and don't.( as what suits you and what not differ from person to person) What i avoid is outside food, even at times we get very much tempted, but i feel the best is good with home made food, and go with healthy eating habits. You know few days ago i checked health tip as oregano is know to relieve menstrual cramps. chew a few leaves three times a day for relief. I don't have fresh one, but i have in dried form which i use for my pasta, i tried that in roti (prepared herb roti) and also prepared concoction of one tbsp of oregano herb and a teaspoon of honey and it actually worked for me.
@allknowing (54545)
• India
3 Jan 13
Now I will have to check if oregano suits me This discussion is all about trying to study our own body and create a diet that suits us. It is an interesting path one should follow and not go by what is generally considered as good. You know generally every one says fruits and vegetables are good but one needs to go deeper into this study and find out whether this applies to individuals as such. Pineapples do not agree with me but I like them so much.
• India
3 Jan 13
Yes even same goes for me Pineapples, sweet lemon (mosambi), cucumber doesn't suit me So even i like but don't eat as it affect me badly. I like hot and warm food like Ajwain or herbs or green tea that makes me feel good. I try Ajwain roti as suit me too, as my 3 days are always very very painful.
@allknowing (54545)
• India
3 Jan 13
It is so strange that each of us have to decide what is good for us and not go by the praises showered on foods by the so called researchers! When it comes to fruits and vegetables in particular the recommendations are so high that one would think they could just close their eyes and eat them. The liver, the lungs, the heart, the kidneys and so many other parts of our body function at different levels and all the more reason why we should make a study of our own body.
@Hatley (149354)
• Garden Grove, California
3 Jan 13
hi allknowing how about us poor people who have diverticu litis which is little sac in the colon that pouch out. We cannot eat sees oaf any kind, or popcorn, or nuts which we all know are really good for us. Bu t they are not good for me, I eat them and small pieces get caught in the diverticuli and cause an infection which makes me have severe cramping and diarrhea so I do not eat them. And I love the taste of all nuts. sob sob. Also I am a diabetic and rice is so high in quick glucose when I digest it that it shoots my blood sugar up too too high. yes we have to learn what we c an eat safely. .we can eat most fruits and all vegetables as long as we watch the size of the portions contrary to what you said allknowing. I have studied my disease as I have had it for thirty years and new findings all the time debunk a lot of stuff people had taken for-granted. like yams are really low on the glycemic index but o nly if you do not pu sugary crap on them serve them plain and with a little butter but no marshmallows and sugary sauces on them.
@allknowing (54545)
• India
3 Jan 13
I can understand your case in that you already have health issues and therefore it becomes easy to pick foods that do not suit you. But it is the healthy people I am concerned really. We just go by what the books say and plunge into what are considered good for health least realising that slowly they work on our system and one fine day health issues begin to show up. It is therefore imperative that individuals take time to study their own body and keep a vigil and not depend on the general recommendations. I have done that study myself and I know I am a case for dyspepsia thanks to my interest in homoeopathy and almost know what triggers discomfort in me vis-a-vis foods that I consume!
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@Hatley (149354)
• Garden Grove, California
3 Jan 13
hi I found out the hard way as I did not even know had diverticuli until I ended up bleeding from the rectum and was hospitalized. so now I do know,.I was told a lot of people have that and do not even know it until something happens like happened to me. Also a lot of people are walking around with diabetes type 2 'and do not know it until they become dreadfully thirsty and have to pee 79 times in one day or get dizzy and collapse after a heavy meal with a very sugary dessert.then they do to the doctor and learn the truth. i am now trying to learn what foods trigger severe crampign attacks of dierticulities or IBS as what I read on the net they are treated the sameway and it is usually something you ate they say.
@allknowing (54545)
• India
3 Jan 13
I am totally in charge of my body and I know it well. I get my blood tested once a year so that I know if all is well with me. It is a pity that people wait for disaster to strike before knowing what they should be and should not be eating. Afterall it is food that keeps us alive but may as well stay healthily alive!
• United States
2 Jan 13
Yes, this is so true for some people. The hard part is, sometimes you just don't know what you can or cannot eat until you do it. Then comes the problems. I really don't know anyone who has to watch what they eat in this sense. I do know a few people who have some allergies to certain foods, but that's about it. And I know some medicines you have to be careful with when taking certain herbs. Unfortunately, that's about all I know.
@allknowing (54545)
• India
3 Jan 13
Experience is the best teacher they say. I know some of the things that do not agree with me and I avoid them. Also while talking to friends and family they share their experience. So much is being said about flax seeds. I tried eating them and had a boated stomach! Then when I search the Net that being a side effect has been mentioned! I do not eat flax seeds any more! Suffice it to say however that all the praises sung on behalf of fruits, vegetables and even nuts, need a second look. Allergies are no doubt quite common with some people and they do not limit themselves to just fruits and vegetables. Have you had any problem eating specific foods?
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• United States
3 Jan 13
No, I don't really have any problems at all eating specific foods. But, I can tell you this..years ago, when I used to eat Oranges, I would get a stomach ache. So, I experimented with it because I love Orange juice so much. I found out if I drink the Orange juice with breakfast, or with a meal, or after a meal, it was fine. It was just the fact of putting the acidy Orange into an empty stomach that caused the problem. I'm like this with Grapefruit juice too. As long as I eat something with it, like toast, I'm fine. Oh yes, the same goes with cooked onions too....I can eat raw onions on a hamburger, but when they are cooked, I burp them up all the time. So now I eat some bread along with the cooked one's and I'm fine. But I think those are just stomach concerns and too much acid and greasy stuff. Not so much as a side effect problem. Otherwise, I'm ok with all foods so I guess I'm one of the lucky one's.
@allknowing (54545)
• India
3 Jan 13
I am glad you told me about oranges. Tart fruits do affect me as well and they play havoc with me perhaps if I eat them on an empty stomach. I love oranges and I just noticed that whereas nothing happened to me last time I ate them this year I have had a sore throat and some lung congestion. Perhaps I ate them when there was nothing in my stomach. I will take care to eat them now immediately after I have had lunch. I love oranges and they helped me lose weight the last time I ate them. We have a season here for oranges and hence I cannot get to eat them throughout the year. There you go kash about certain foods not agreeing with you as an individual and singing their praises generally therefore I feel is not called for, specially vegetables and fruits get more praises than they deserve!
@thesids (22455)
• Bhubaneswar, India
2 Jan 13
I would agree with dear Kalav above. The body's constitution is different for different people and hence the diets, fruits and almost everything have varying effects on different people. For me... Ripe Bananas are No because they are constipative and Apples are a No just because they are laxative... Thanks to my ulcerative colitis as prior to that I never had even bothered about taking the apple or the banana. Now I balance and normally have to go for both! if I have to go for one... the other must follow to compensate. I dont know why but my salt intake is really high and though I should have high blood pressure, today, it has been a little normal or below normal (I remember a few months back, it had really soared high). And as for the turmeric, I do have gall stones, and I do take more turmeric than others in the family - daily at least 2-3 teaspoons - but they dont seem to have played any role once the Gallstones were Identified. My last scans still show the same 8-12mm sized stones but the pain is lesser today than it was when these were identified.
@allknowing (54545)
• India
2 Jan 13
Those who have health issues then the whole scenario changes as it is clear what should be eaten and should not be eaten. I am talking about healthy people and the prophylactic measures one needs to take so as to avoid possible ailments. Turmeric if taken in excess is supposed to be bad for gall stones. In your case you already have gall stones probably due to intake of turmeric?
@thesids (22455)
• Bhubaneswar, India
3 Jan 13
In your case you already have gall stones probably due to intake of turmeric? Though I dont trust these doctors anymore, but then, they said, the Gall Stones have gown bigger just because of my daily medicine intake which has been a continued thing since 2000. And yes, I do take turmeric powder in Dal, vegetables and the doctors said turmeric is good for the stomach and intestines.
@allknowing (54545)
• India
3 Jan 13
I have provided a link in Box No.2 above on turmeric. You might like to visit it.
@Kalyni2011 (3503)
• India
3 Jan 13
I agree one man's food may be poison for another man, our food market, fruits, vegetables, ghees, oils all are full of adulterated stuff, many are chemical/poisons.. the vegetables use green color, the sweets use yellow color, all are poisonous i am told. Thanks for sharing dear .
@allknowing (54545)
• India
3 Jan 13
That apart there is still a study required to be made in order to find out what food suits individuals. Adulterated food is common to all but eating everything that is considered to be good needs to be studied as we are different and our bodies work differently.
@mommyboo (13207)
• United States
2 Jan 13
Well obviously if you have a sensitivity or allergy to something, like some people cannot eat certain fruits or veggies raw but they can cooked. Some spices cause reactions in people, and I know a few people who cannot eat onions or garlic. This doesn't only apply to fruit and vegetables either, I know vegetarians and vegans and people who avoid grains and carbs and they all claim what they do is wonderful. Well, it isn't for a lot of people. I hear a lot of complaints from people that they feel better when they cut certain things out and they lose weight and get leaner but then when they reintroduce those foods or macronutrients, they feel ill again or gain back weight or get bloated. If you never removed those things in the first place, that wouldn't happen. If you just ATE LESS of them you'd probably still reach your goal without the side effects and without having to remove those options from your life FOREVER without side effects. It just might take longer but you know, I'd rather have it take longer than have it cause me side effects. If you have a true sensitivity to something, like lactose intolerance or celiac disease or something like that, it makes sense to avoid those things, but NORMAL people who do NOT have 'issues' biologically processing meat, carbs, grains, gluten, and dairy etc really have no REASON to remove those things from their diets.
@allknowing (54545)
• India
3 Jan 13
So, at the end of the day, it boils down to individual needs. So much of general information can do more harm than good. The only recourse one has therefore is to share one's experience. Unfortunately life goes on without knowing what could have triggered that which makes a person sick all their life!
@Cutie18f (9565)
• Philippines
2 Jan 13
You are right All, we always have to be careful with what we eat, but there are times when hunger makes us forget this advice. Sometimes, we just eat and do not see what is in the food.
@allknowing (54545)
• India
3 Jan 13
I am particularly targeting fruits and vegetables. One hardly finds information about what adverse effects these foods have unless one searches the Net for this but not all have access to the Internet. The only way therefore is to exchange information based on experience. Have you had any problem with any fruits and vegetables that you can share here?
@alberello (4758)
• Italy
2 Jan 13
Well, I agree with you on this sentence: One man's food is another man's poison ' In fact, this phrase emphasizes how we humans are not all the same. Especially in the field of nutrition that is very broad. I, for example, I'm realizing that I'm doing a nutrition is not entirely correct. For this reason "I have a belly," and you can easily see if you look at me by profile. In my house who takes care of the kitchen, it's just my mother. She tries to cook genuine food for everyone and especially loves to change. Difficult in fact happen to eat the same thing twice. Perhaps the reason why I denounce overweight, I think it's the snack between meals. This habit, even if this is hard, I have to lose !
@allknowing (54545)
• India
3 Jan 13
We need to monitor our own health and not go by what is written in books about foods being good generally. I am specially referring to fruits and vegetables as so many health guys sing their praises without as much batting an eyelid!
@silverfox09 (4727)
• United States
2 Jan 13
I agree some will encourage others to eat as they do , I dont think anyone should eat like me because my body have a different make-up. We should all think on our own and not follow the trend of everything you see ...
@allknowing (54545)
• India
3 Jan 13
You are so right. To each their own and yet we read everywhere that fruits and vegetables are elixirs!
@suzzy3 (8401)
2 Jan 13
you should be alright with most fruit and veg but even those things can bring you out in a rash,spicy foods ,currys ect upset my husbands stomach.Me I am very lucky up till now I can eat anything I like.Mind you cream does make me snore dairy products can do that to you.Too much fat can be very bad for the heart.I try to steer clear of salt.sugary things {apart from christmas of course,you have to spoil yourself sometimes} but on the whole no processed food.I do eat processed sometimes but not very often.It is very difficult to eat healthy all the time.everyone likes a burger or a curry sometimes.If you have a medical condition then you should check with your doctor,most doctors or nurses should give you a diet sheet of food to help you.Gall stones are very painful.Feel better soon.
@allknowing (54545)
• India
3 Jan 13
It is accepted that fruits and vegetables are good for one's health but they need not be. They may be excellent for your kidneys but may play havoc with your lungs. And experience is the only way one gets to know what one should avoid. Each one's experience when shared can help one another. Have you had any problem eating fruits and vegetables?
@mariaperalta (19225)
• Mexico
2 Jan 13
Have you heard the saying you are what you eat?? guess Im a banana. iv eaten 20 of them in last week here. Take care there. Happy wed. to yaaaas
@allknowing (54545)
• India
3 Jan 13
I don't mind being a sour lime but that does not agree with me! Jokes apart maria... there are foods that spell disaster to some and this we will come to know only after having gone through that experience.
• United States
2 Jan 13
Vegetables and fruits are very healthy for you, but obviously it's not a good idea to eat something that doesn't agree with you. Like other posters said, it's also necessary to make sure your food is washed clean, and cooked correctly.
@allknowing (54545)
• India
3 Jan 13
There is no doubt there has to be cleanliness in one's kitchen. This is not about that but certain fruits and vegetables do not agree with some although so much is being said about how wonderful these foods are. Have you or anyone around you had any problem eating these foods?