Are You Eating These 5 Healthy Foods in Excess?

You must have heard of the 5 a day rule: the advice that we must eat 5 portions of fruit or vegetables each day to keep ourselves healthy. If you are on a weight loss diet you may be paying great attention to what you are eating and consuming a lot of what you think are ‘healthy‘ foods. However, did you know that you can overdo it? Yes, it is possible to have too much of a good thing. Here are 5 healthy foods that you can actually eat too much of. 

Reasons for including 5 fruit and vegetables a day in your diet

  • Fruit and vegetables are a good source of vitamins and minerals, including folate, vitamin C and potassium.
  • They are an excellent source of dietary fibre, which helps maintain a healthy gut and prevent constipation and other digestion problems. A diet high in fibre can also reduce your risk of cancers such as bowel cancer.
  • They can help reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.
  • Fruit and vegetables contribute to a healthy and balanced diet for overall health.
  • Fruit and vegetables taste delicious and there’s so much variety to choose from.

Fruit and vegetables are also usually low in fat and calories. That’s why eating them can help with your weight loss diet.

To get the most benefit out of your 5 a day, your five portions should include a variety of fruit and nuts

Everyone knows that dried fruits and nuts are a very healthy food. They contain healthy fats and also help you feel satisfied so you don’t crave sugar. However, it is very easy to eat dried fruits and nuts in excess. The recommended dosage of dried fruits and nuts is 1 oz a day. This means a handful (the size of a golf ball).

 3. Olive oil

A green salad with olive oil dressing is the classic healthy lunch. oranges

Juice is healthy alternative to carbonated drinks, because it contains fruit and nutrients. However, there is a problem with making all of your 5 a day a juice. A fruit juice does not contain any fibre whereas the whole fruit does. It’s best to exchange a glass of juice for a whole orange. As a result, you will consume more fibre and the act of chewing your food will help you consume less calories. While freshly squeezed orange juice can be healthy, the size of the suggested serving is 4-6 oz.