Most of us probably know what food to eat to lose weight and/or stay healthy, and when we go on a diet, we stock our fridge with them. But is it possible to have too much of a good thing? Yes! And the same goes for healthy foods – we can actually eat too much of them. Here are 5 healthy foods that you may be eating in excess!
You know that you should stay away from sugary cereal and instead, choose a cereal that has whole grains as its main ingredient. However, eating whole grain cereal in a big bowl too often may mean excess calorie consumption. This is a big problem if it is dense cereal like granola. In fact, it is very easy to consume hundreds of calories in one session without realizing it. The recommended portions are 1/4 cup of granola, 1 cup of cereal flakes, and 2 cups of puffed rice.
2. Dried Fruits
Everyone knows that dried fruits are a very healthy food. They contain healthy fats and also help you feel satisfied. However, it is very easy to eat dried fruits in excess like walnuts, especially if you are eating them directly out of a big container. The recommended dosage of dried fruits is 1 ounce. This means a handful (the size of a golf ball) of them.
3. Olive Oil
A green salad with olive oil dressing is healthy. That is true. Green vegetables are very nutritious and olive oil contains mono-unsaturated fats which are a healthy fat that is great for your heart. But you have to remember that olive oil contains calories, at least 100 calories per tablespoon. Therefore, although its consumption is important, you should not consume it in excess. The suggested dosage of olive oil is 1 to 2 tablespoons, an amount that would fill a shot glass.
Hummus or garbanzo puree is a very healthy snack. Hummus contains proteins and healthy fats and fresh vegetables dipped in hummus make a great snack. However, it is very easy to overeat it, especially if you buy big tubs of hummus. The suggested consumption of this food is approximately 2 tablespoons of hummus as a snack.
5. Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice
Juice is healthy because it contains fruit and nutrients. However, there is a problem of consuming too much sugar and much less fiber than if you were to eat a whole fruit. It’s best to exchange a glass of juice for a whole orange. As a result, you will consume more fiber 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.