If you’re like most people, you do what you can to eat healthy. You might think that where fresh fruits and vegetables are concerned, since they’re all good for you, there’s no such thing as too much.
Unfortunately, it’s not quite that simple. Nutritionists broadly agree that ideally, you want to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables, and try not to bulk up on too much of any one type.
In simplest terms, that’s because fruits and vegetables have different nutrient makeups. Eating too many of just one thing can cause imbalances in your body. Perhaps the most extreme form of this can be seen if you binge on foods high in beta carotene. Beta carotene is the pigment found in foods like sweet potatoes and carrots that give them their orange color. Eat too many of them and your skin will actually take on an orange hue. Fortunately, that goes away as soon as you cut back on your intake.
Another problem is this: Some fruits and vegetables are loaded with fiber. Too much of that will not only inhibit your body’s ability to absorb other nutrients, it will also lead to gas and bloating. Not good.
It’s not just fresh fruits and vegetables you have to be worried about either. Eating too much lean protein like fish or chicken can strain your kidneys and liver.
The lesson here is simple. Moderation is the key. If you eat a wide variety of fresh foods with a heavy emphasis on fresh fruits and vegetables, you won’t even need to take a vitamin and mineral supplement.
Don’t bulk up on too much of any one type of food, and you should be just fine.