Yep, Sorry but Vegetables Can Be Bad for You!
Intolerances to vegetables can ruin your life. Not only because you could be walking around oppressed with health ailments you probably don’t even know about, but also because not many would stop to think that vegetables or even fruit could be the culprit.
Before I get started on why some vegetables are bad for you, we have to mention that everybody is different, some people react to vegetables, anti-nutrients, lectins, salicylates, histamines, oxalates, plant toxins, not to mention pesticides, fertilizers, GMO’s and so on, Just fine! Some of us, however, react horrendously! Side effects can include Oral allergy syndrome (allergies to peanuts, fruits, and vegetables) or leaky gut syndrome, skin disorders. Some people, however, have no problem eating vegetables in the short term, yet over time find certain vegetables are not agreeing with them. Quite a few vegetarians are becoming intolerant to various vegetables while eating no fats or meats at all. In addition, of course, some people happily live until their 100 on a vegetarian diet.
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- We all have different chemistry
- Some Bad Ingredients Found in Vegetables
- Culprit vegetables and the difference between them and tubers
We are led to believe that mainstream diets work for everybody but that’s just not the case. How many vegetarians do you know are either too thin or even overweight. People are drinking kale juices every morning and eating better than ever but living with conditions that don’t make sense.
You need to judge for yourself what your body is ok with, learn to feed your own chemistry. Take what other people who want to write a book say with a grain of salt.
Cause we’re all different Yoh!
Debates between “choice of diet” and food lifestyles are endless. There is a multitude of suggestion and evidence that vegetables are good for you, and sure some are, but let’s also look at why so many people are turning away from various vegetables today.
Bad science is sometimes the basis of our beliefs, and with the magnitude of research being brought forward through money-making protocols, it’s hard to know what to believe. Dieting and food choices have become a religion to some, and a moneymaking business for others.
- It’s a fair call to say vegetables are not what they used to be, and how some are even now toxic
- Eating raw vegetables seems to be the in thing at the moment. Little do people know that this can be a very unhealthy thing to do
- Some of us thrive on the ketogenic diet with low carbohydrate intake
- Others, however, find the carb-based diet works well for them
My best friend is ferociously allergic to tomatoes, yet tomatoes have never affected me, that I know of, externally anyway! In fact, tomatoes are known to have a defensive toxin in their seeds and skin. For over 200 years all throughout Europe, tomatoes were skinned and had seeds taken out because of their toxicity.
New research is suggesting that we don’t need vegetables as our main source of nutrition. It is actually a myth to believe that we need vegetables to be healthy. A very strong myth, however, to break from.
If you were told nothing about what to eat you would need to learn for yourself and from your own taste buds.
Today you see people juicing kale and drinking it with their eyes closed. Have you heard that kale is toxic to humans, as well as livestock? If someone was to drink is every day they could possibly end up on thyroid medication for the rest of their life?
It’s funny science to say there is a vitamin in a vegetable therefor eating that vitamin will help us. There are way too many elements involved in that theory to simply suggest it like that. For example, it is far easier to assimilate vitamins and minerals from meat than it is to assimilate the same nutrients from plants.
There is new research showing that most vegetables in this generation are neutral to your health. And that they don’t carry the incredible health benefits that are so widely exaggerated. I would like to go one step further and say some vegetables are even bad and detrimental to your health. In my own journey, I have found certain types to be very bad for me, “like potatoes, my tummy hates them” 🙁
Who’s evolving here
We have not evolved/been created, to eat certain plants, (most plants). I know grass and pine trees do not sit well with me, let alone certain red berries or poisonous mushrooms. Plants are evolving to not be eaten!
To suggest all vegetables are only good for you, would be the same as saying all vegetables are only bad for you. It is common sense to reevaluate what plants we should eat but we tent to just eat whatever is edible and easy to grow (aka make money off of).
Insects, birds, and animals have a relationship with plants, as do we. Plants need the birds and bees to survive and they grow sweet to lure them in, or bitter like some vegetables to shun them off.
I almost died 🙁
What if there are some vegetables killing us slowly and we do not even know it? That might sound rough, but when three surgeons stood at my bed and told me they had to amputate my colon, I had no choice than to consider an alternative idea to the exotic combination of foods I was eating. Read My Story Below!
It’s actually a conspiracy man!
Sometimes it feels like everything we’re told about nutrition is incorrect. They told us eggs are bad, anything with cholesterol is bad for us. We were also told that fats were bad for us. We got told that grains are good for us and we should follow the food triangle, which of late is being turned upside down. Consider the new research about fiber making us constipated. Yet the cereal companies have been making a killing on the idea that no one gets enough fiber. Consider the largest saturated fat study done 40 years ago which was hidden until now because the findings were against what the health industry wanted.
We listen with eager ears to follow the leader’s health reports, meanwhile, vegetables that were good for us, are now void of minerals and nutrients, and instead, contain way too many toxic chemicals and pesticides for our body to cope with.
What vegetables are we even getting?
So, some dude named Larry tells you broccoli is good! Well, the veggies you buy in the supermarket are not the same vegetables tested to have high amounts of nutrients and low amounts of crap. Your buying vegetables that bugs and bacteria won’t even touch. There grown with chemicals/fertilizers because the soil has been depleted, sprayed with preservatives because they’re shipped all over the world, pesticides to keep away the bugs. Good luck getting an enriched vitamin out of these.
Besides all that, let’s just say you grow your own, below is a list of some vegetables that contain lectins which can have mild to severe consequences to your body.
You may have heard about Gluten intolerance. Gluten is a lectin, which is a type of protein. Nightshade vegetables are the main culprit of these anti-nutrients.
To say vegetables can be bad for us would suggest they contain Bad Stuff, right?
Yep, some very bad stuff! The human body is an incredible instrument, all day its healing and regenerating from the torchers of life. After half a lifetime of abuse, however, the regeneration process slows down and can become overrun. Below are some evil little customers that can cause some issues over time.
Some anti-nutrients are – lectins, salicylates, histamines, oxalates, plant toxins, pesticides, fertilizers, GMO’s
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- Lectins found in vegetables and fruit
- Salicylates found in vegetables and fruits
- Pesticides in vegetables and fruit
Lectins as understood by world renown heart surgeon Dr. Steven Gundry who wrote “The Plant Paradox”, are a plants defense mechanism against being eaten. We know that lectins, when eaten, bind to sugar molecules and other nutrients that intern bypass an immune system response for those molecules. This is not a bad thing in itself.
The problem with lectins
The problem with lectins accrues in the digestive system with the lining of the intestinal tract. The walls of the intestinal tract are lined with what is called “Intestinal villus”. When lectins are eaten and bind to sugar molecules, they grow in size and cause devastation to the intestinal villus. Gluten is a popularly known lectin that is famous for causing celiac disease.
Ever notice feeling bloated for no reason, or just after eating. Once the lining of your intestinal tract has been harmed it creates an inflammation response just like any other wound. To many lectins will completely flatten out the guts villus and radically reduce your ability to absorb nutrients.
After lectins have done their damage in wounding the intestinal villus, the plethora of bacteria, acids, and so on, can continue to cause more destruction even to the point of breaking the wall open and allowing whatever is in the intestinal tract to enter the bloodstream.
Your intestinal tract carries a wide range of food waste, toxins, bacteria’s, chemicals etc. If these elements make it through the intestinal wall and into your bloodstream. Some may have the attributes to make it through your brains blood-brain barrier. This can cause all sorts of problems for example sleepiness, depression, mood swings.
What if I cook my food first
With some foods like legumes, nightshade vegetable, and everything in between, cooking is a must. Always read the instructions on how to cook legumes for example as slow cooking will produce more lectins than cooking fast. Personally, I just stay away from these vegetables after my run-in with Chrons disease.
Consuming lectins in moderation is ok, our immune system is always fighting for us and repairing damage, we should, however, give it a fighting chance with moderation.
Vegetables that contain these defense mechanisms
- Legumes – beans, peas, lentils, and peanuts etc.
- All grains
- Corn and Milk from corn-fed cows
- Vegetables – Zucchini, Squash, carrots, rhubarb, beets, mushrooms, asparagus, turnips, cucumbers, pumpkin, sweet peppers, and radishes
- Nightshade vegetables – eggplant, peppers, potatoes, and tomatoes
- Fruits – oranges, lemons and grapefruit, pomegranate, grapes, cherries, quinces, apples, watermelon, banana, papaya, plums, and currants
- Some berries – blackberries, raspberries and strawberries, goji berries
Salicylates basically refer to salicylic acid which is also known as Salicin. Salicylic Acid is predominantly found in un-ripened fruit and vegetable but also found in a multitude of grown foods, it is a chemical produced by the plant as a defense mechanism to protect it from insects, bacteria and anything that would eat it before the plant is ripe. You may have heard of Salicylic acid in the cosmetic industry. It’s used as a cell turnover lotion (for exfoliation and pimples). Acetylsalicylic acid is also the main ingredient used in Aspirin.
Researches, clinicians and individuals alike, are all finding that Salicylic Acid to be the main ingredient in many food intolerances today. can be the main cause of Skin disorders like eczema, psoriasis.
Some salicylate intolerance can present with
- Hyperactivity and or, attention deficit disorder
- Cardiovascular disease
- Gastrointestinal distress, including nausea, diarrhea, and heartburn, irritable bowel
- Dermatological issues such as rashes and hives, eczema, psoriasis, Itching skin, and many others
- Headaches and depression.
- Fever-like symptoms, internal swelling
- Memory loss, fatigue
- Tinnitus, cough or nausea
70% of kids with behavioral problems react badly to salicylates.
Usually, we don’t realize we have Salicylate sensitivities. Luckily food tests can be don’t to outline any intolerances to this chemical.
Salicylates can be good
A small amount of these salicin has actually be found to be good for people who are overweight or with cardiovascular ailments. There is not much known about the effects of this chemical at the moment. It is quite evident, however, that if you are at all sensitive to silicic acid, it would benefit greatly to work out a way of reducing your intake.
- Apricots, Blackberry, Blackcurrant, Blueberry, Boysenberry, Cherry
- Cranberry, Currants, Dates, Grapes, Guava, Loganberry
- Oranges, Pineapple, Plum, Prunes, Raisins, Raspberry, Redcurrant
- Rockmelon, Strawberry, Tangelo, Tangerines, Youngberry
- Capsicum, Broccoli, cucumbers, okra, chicory, endive, radish
- zucchini, watercress, alfalfa sprouts, eggplant, squash
- sweet potato, spinach, artichokes, and broad beans
- Champignon, Chicory, Courgetti, Endive, Gherkins
- Hot Peppers, Olives, Tomato, Tomato based foods
- Mint-flavored toothpaste, Perfumes, Shampoos, and conditioners
- Mouthwash, Lotions, Medications
Herbs n Spices
- Aniseed, Cayenne, Commercial gravies, Commercial sauces
- Curry, Dill, Thyme, Fish paste, Meat paste, Tomato paste, White vinegar, Worcester sauce
Sweets and Snacks
- All jams, except pear, All jellies, All marmalade, Almond, Chewing gum
- Fruit flavors, Honey, and honey flavors, Liquorice, Mint flavored sweets
- Muesli bars, Peppermints, Savory, flavored items, Water chestnuts
700 million tons of pesticides are used every year in farming, these pesticides are made to be toxic. We have all known for a very long time that pesticides are poison. But we trust what was told to eat and these companies like Monsanto, Dow AgroSciences, Amvac have so much money that settling cases with hush money is just part of the day to day business.
Recently in a Californian Court Monsanto was orders to award $289 million in damages for the reckless disregard for life with its use of the chemical glyphosate. This is one of the thousands of open cases towards Monsanto alone.
The Governments and FDA regulations
Yes, governments do regulate the use of pesticides in farming. However, their regulations are based on the amount allowed for each chemical used. There are no regulations regarding how many chemicals can be used. Some concoctions of pesticides sprayed have up to 28 different chemicals mixed together. These aspects are not regulated in farming, just the same way they are not regulated in vaccines.
Types of pesticides
- Insecticides – insects
- Herbicides – plants
- Rodenticides – rodents (rats and mice)
- Bactericides – bacteria
- Fungicides – fungi
- Larvicides – larvae
The research is coming out
A study done on a maternal vegetarian diet in pregnancy concluded that eating conventional vegetables and fruit can increase the rate of birth defects, especially in the reproductive system of males. In the same study, however, pregnant vegetarians who only ate organic vegetables had not one case of birth abnormalities.
Rinsing off the pesticides from your vegetables
Rinsing an apple in the wash basin removes roughly %15 of the surface residue of most pesticides. There are a few ways to wash the majority of the residue off with homemade cleaners such as Lemon and salt, bicarb etc. Although, you need to consider that many of these pesticides are wax based and waterproof. Not only that but vegetables and fruit are sprayed throughout there lifecycle and these chemicals get trapped in the vegetable itself. Cabbage, for example, grows leaves over leaves, and onions have layers trapping pesticides as they grow.
Pesticides and cancer
In a nutshell, cancer is caused by the mutation of cells. If a cell is inflamed for long periods of time and toxins are introduced to that cell, mutation of that cell can accrue which can form a tumor and cancer. Colon cancer is incredibly common these days. In fact, many people live and die of other illnesses not even knowing they have it. With our typical lifestyle, many people suffer from IBD problems (irritable bowel disorder). Inflamed colons that carry a lot of toxins. This is a disaster waiting to happen.
Here are a few side effects of short-term pesticide poisoning
- Eye and Skin Irritation
- Headache, loss of consciousness
- Respiratory tract irritation, sore throat and/or a cough
- Allergic sensitization
- Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
- Extreme weakness, seizures and/or death
Some long-term effects linked to pesticides
- Development of Parkinson’s disease
- Brain Damage
- Infertility and Sterility
- Respiratory Disorders, Asthma
- Endocrine Complications
- Depression and anxiety
- Cancer, including leukemia and non-Hodgkin lymphoma, colon cancer
- Birth Defects
- Organ Failure
- Attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
The good news about pesticides on vegetables
The body is an incredibly efficient machine for eradicating foreign chemicals it doesn’t want. Some researchers found that only 5 days after changing from a conventional vegetable and fruit diet to eating only organic vegetables and fruit, pesticides were almost completely eradicated from the body. So, there is defiantly an option to lower our exposure to these chemicals!
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- Definition of nightshade vegetables
- Definition of a fruit
- Definition of a tuber
- What nutrients are missing from a vegetarian diet
- My Story
It is widely accepted that Vegetables are the stems and leaves of a plant. Cruciferous vegetables like celery and broccoli are considered as stems and kale spinach and lettuce would be considered as leaves.
- Peppers (bell peppers, chili peppers, etc.)
- Pepper seasonings (paprika, chili powder, cayenne, etc.)
- Goji berries
- Cape gooseberries/Ground cherries (similar to tomatoes, they have no relationship to fruit despite their name)
- Ashwagandha (an ayurvedic herb)
Similar sounding foods that are not nightshades vegetables:
- Sweet Potatoes
- Peppercorns (black, white and pink)
I would like to add that of course nightshades vegetables may not be harmful to everybody. In fact, there is evidence that many of these are nutritious, However, people with autoimmune diseases should consider leaving these vegetables out of their diet completely.
A few resources suggest the lectins which are actual proteins within the vegetable, can be safe for most as long as you cook them. However, some research has concluded that for some people these lectins destroy the digestive tract and create leaky gut syndrome.
A leaky gut syndrome is a slow debilitating disease that infects the internal wall of the intestines. Allowing the
toxins from your colon to pass through the intestinal wall and some of which can pass through the blood brain barrier causing a drug like an effect on the brain.
Some side effects of nightshade vegetables
- Stiffness upon waking, or stiffness after sitting for longs periods of time
- Muscle pain and tension
- Muscle tremors
- Sensitivity to weather changes
- Poor healing
- Skin Rashes
- Stomach discomfort
- Digestive difficulties
- Mood swings
- Brain fog
- Stomach pains
- Sinus congestion
- A headache/migraine
- Constipation and/or diarrhea (IBS)
- Joint pain
fruits contain seeds or can act as a seed and has a structure that develops from the ovaries of a flowering plant, for example, apples, peaches, grapes, oranges, lemon etc. although these are all the common ones that everyone knows. There is a common misconception that fruits are only sweet. There are actually plenty of savory fruits, for example, eggplant, tomatoes, zucchinis avocados, olives, squash and bell peppers are all fruits.
Did you know a bell pepper is a fruit, or that a common nightshade vegetable the eggplant is a fruit!
Tubers are basically all known as vegetable roots and the storage organs for nutrients. Tubers are so full of nutrients that when taken from the plant they will survive and grow their own roots. They are the survival mechanisms for plants through the winter and doubts. Some of these include:
These root vegetables are full of nutrients as their main goal is to store them.
Vegetarianism is a growing trend and yes people are choosing this life with health in mind. At the same time, many people are becoming ex-vegetarians because their bodies are withering away. You will notice that some vegans have a range of health ailments like:
- deep set eyes
- Cracking Joints, brittle bones
- loss of energy
- Too Skinny
- Losing teeth
- Dry skin
- Falling hair
This is because the cells in the body are struggling to regenerate, and I’m sorry but plants struggle to completely nourish the human body. Vegan/vegetarians are living with a multitude of supplements they take every day. A few years ago, I started to supplement company, I know full well of the misleading corrupt industry that it is. Supplements are by far the lousiest way of getting the nutrients that our bodies need. And after a few years, most vegan/vegetarians recognize this.
Our bodies are also meats and fats
If a diet lacking in meat and fats is also a diet lacking in some very important nutrients and precursors that we need to replenish our cells, our nervous systems, endocrine systems, immune systems, thyroid system, and hormonal system.
B12 is the main nutrient most vegetarians and vegans have heard about. Because B12 is only found in animal products and seaweed it is well known that vegetarian and vegans especially may be deficient. Alcohol reduces the ability for one to assimilate B12 and thiamine so drinking alcohol and not eating meat could be quite harmful.
Its debated whether humans can actually assimilate B12 very well at all. So, making sure you do not end up B12 deficient is very important
Creatine is a molecule found largely in the muscles and brain. It helps to store muscle energy giving them greater strength and performance. You do not find creatine in vegetables or fruits. Creatine is not essential as the liver can produce it, however, vegetarians tend to have lower levels. Vegetarians who take creatine supplements find a vast improvement in brain function and muscle energy. Meat eaters, however, do not see much difference with supplementation.
Only animal foods contain Carnosine; however, the body can produce it through amino acid precursors. Meat eaters tend to have high levels of carnosine which help with muscle fatigue. Carnosine is an antioxidant that resides in the muscles. Bodybuilders or athletes usually need to supplement with this amino acid.
Vitamin D is an extremely important nutrient for our body. Vitamin D deficiency has a huge list of adverse health conditions. The main reason for this is that the body’s immune system is far lower when lacking in vitamin D. Most people get their vitamin D via the son, but when the sun is limited, they need it from food. Vitamin D2 comes from plants and vitamin D3 comes from animals. Vitamin D3 is a vastly superior form of vitamin D.
Vitamin D gets overlooked in the vegetarian diet because plants do have vitamin D2, but because of the adverse health conditions that come with a deficiency, it is best to supplement with vitamin D if you do not eat meat or get enough sun.
Essential omega 3 fatty acids (DHA)
It’s common for vegans to have lower levels of DHA. Vegetarians and vegans often overlook essential omega 3 fatty acids because foods like flaxseed and walnuts have a high content of these fats. Similar to vitamin D, omega 3 fatty acids found in seeds and nuts are in the form of ALA, which is an inferior form to DHA, which is found in animal products.
Essential omega three fatty acids are essential for early childhood and breastfeeding moms they protect the brain health and brain function, especially when developing. Vegans may wish to take DHA supplements.
Vegetarians can be more prone to anemia and other health ailments seen in iron deficiency. It is true that certain green vegetables have a high content of Iron but like vitamin D, the Heme-iron found in animal meat is much more potent and protected than non-heme iron found in vegetables.
Only meat products contain Taurine. Vegetarians may wish to supplement with taurine as it has health benefits for improved stamina, energy, brain function, blood flow, and lowering of cholesterol. Vegetarians should consider supplementing with taurine as they may notice an overall healthier more alert body.
Plant sources are limited in zinc. It can be a hard nutrient to get enough if you are on a fully plant-based diet. Zinc is imperative to your immune system and hormonal system, it also helps to build strong nails, hair follicles and skin and the reproductive system.
The lack of zinc can be the reason why you feel dull, why your hair could be falling out, loss of appetite, wounds take a long time to heal, or why you like testosterone.
Vegetables do contain calcium, however, the calcium from vegetables is hard to on the body and not as well assimilated as from animal products like milk.
Calcium is vital to your bone strength. Although, take note that when supplementing with calcium you should also supplement with magnesium and potassium. Supplementing with Calcium alone can have adverse side effects.
It is a fallacy to believe that you cannot get enough protein from vegetables. However, meats and animal products serve a more complete amino acid makeup. Our bodies effectively produce the amino acids that we need to survive with the basic building blocks of protein assimilated from plants. Yet you do notice the hard-core vegan can be very thin and ill-looking. Sometimes people do struggle to get enough protein and the effects are evident
8 years ago, I found myself in a hospital with an acute illness called Crohn’s disease. Chron’s is a very bad form of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), where your digestive system ceases to digest properly and becomes very inflamed.
IBS is actually quite prevalent in the world today, and yet the majority of sufferers have no idea why they have it.
Most people who find themselves with Crohn’s disease usually have to reconsider their whole diet. Since doctors haven’t done more than one day of nutritional training through their six years in school, most people who suffer from autoimmune diseases sooner or later have to figure out what diet works for them and what doesn’t.
8 years I spent sourcing through foods I’m allowed to eat and foods that make me sick. This is hard because it can take weeks/months/years before you recognize something is not right for you, especially when so many are telling you it’s good for you.
I have personally found some vegetables are very bad for me and act like poison to my digestive system.
The first few years that I spent sick were the worst. I lost 30 kilos down from 80 (as a man) and became horrendously thin. My body refused to heal, no matter what drugs the doctors gave me,.
I stuck to a strict vegetarian diet after being told meat is bad for the digestive system. I do not know why I held to the belief so tightly that meat was bad and to the belief that all vegetables are good.
It wasn’t until I found myself in the Philippines were certain vegetables were very hard to get and chicken was very cheap and easy. I actually spent two years living there, as it was the only country I could afford while not working.
In the two years, I lived there, I stopped eating vegetables and lived on chicken and tubas (a certain type of root vegetables).
Since then I have been healthier than ever.
I remember the first year I had given up on my health and figured I’d probably end up worse not eating veggies and just living on meat. however, I have experienced nothing but health benefits.
Recently I reading on some indigenous tribes and how their health surpasses most other cultures. Their diets do not consist of exotic vegetables but rather eating the same simple things every day. This is usually meat, tubers, honey, berries, and fruits.
When your body survives off the same thing every day, it learns how to get all the nutrients it needs from the foods you eat. When you are mixing it up it confuses your chemical makeup and struggles with what enzymes to produce.