5 Unfriendly Foods That Are Actually Good For You

  • The nutritional benefits from eating carrots, garlic and raw onion, asparagus, baked beans, and drinking red wine, far outweighs their pungent smell and other effects.
  • Everything should be taken and eaten in moderation and combined with plenty of water, exercise, and good sleep.
  • These foods contain either antioxidants or phytochemicals that help in preventing diseases.

These foods might be unfriendly because of their after-effects like bad smell, discoloration of skin, teeth stains, and farting, but these foods’ delicious taste and nutritional benefits are healthier for you.

Do not avoid them all together.

Here’s the list:

1. Carrots

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In large quantities, it can turn your skin orangey or the harmless condition called carotenemia (overload of beta carotene).

But carrots have high amounts of the antioxidant, Vitamin A which is good for the eyes.

Have a good diet plan, get enough sleep, eat carrots in moderation and combine it with other foods rich in Vitamins B and C, zinc, and omega-3 fatty acids sourced from fish.

2. Red wine

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The polyphenols in red wine may stain your teeth and wear your tooth enamel but its high antioxidant-content helps prevent cardiovascular disease.  In moderation, though.  Just two-standard drinks a day. It also lessens the risk of developing gum disease.

To prevent stains, rinse your mouth thoroughly and brush your teeth regularly.

3. Baked beans

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The high soluble fiber in beans and pulses make you fart explosively. This is because the soluble fiber produces gas when it is finally broken down and digested in the large intestine.  But the same soluble fiber that produces gas also keeps your digestive system healthy.  It also helps in keeping your blood cholesterol levels normal, aids in weight control, and helps prevent diabetes.

Naturopath and director of education at Blackmores, Pam Stone, recommends drinking probiotics and herbs such as chamomile, licorice, peppermint, lemon balm, and ginger as tea to prevent bloating and gassy tummy.  This also helps in improving the digestive process.

But if you experience long-term bowel upsets, see your doctor.

4. Asparagus

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This great source of B vitamin B folate and dietary fiber has a bad reputation as it can make your urine smell. But actually, it is the sulfur compounds in Asparagus that the urine emits that smells.

Just drink plenty of water and eat asparagus in moderation in one sitting. And a word of caution from Stone: “Smelly urine may also be a sign of a urinary tract infection. So see your healthcare professional if symptoms persist.”

5. Garlic and raw onion

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The sulfur compounds in garlic and raw onion are the culprits behind the very bad smell and bad breath. Here’s what happens: when you digest the garlic and onion in your body, the bloodstream absorbs the pungent compounds and distributes it all throughout. You breathe them out and expel them out.  

Rebecca Valle, a dietitian at Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, Australia says that, “Garlic and onions also contain phytochemicals that are thought to protect against diseases and promote good health, so they’re not all bad.” And by adding it to your food, it also adds flavor and taste, minimizing the need for salt. 

Just drink plenty of water to lessen its smell and effect. Chewing on natural chewing gum or parsley, sipping mint tea, sucking on mint, and drinking milk lessens the bad smell. But if the bad breath persists, go see a dentist. 

Source: The Healthy

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