Do you know these super healthy veggies have some weird side effects?

By Amirtha P S, Trainee Reporter
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What all things we do to lead a healthy lifestyle, regular exercises, drinking water, cutting our favorite junk foods from the diet and most importantly loading our plate with veggies and fruits. 

Sure, vegetables and fruits have phenomenal benefits on physical as well as mental health and adding them to our diet is one of the best things one can do to keep ourselves fit and disease-free. 

But do you know some of these veggies, apart from nourishing our body, have weird side effects? These side-effects might bother you for a while but are not harmful. Here is a list of such few vegetables with bizarre reactions:

Mushroom

Mushroom – Rashes

Mushrooms are a rich, low-calorie source of fiber, protein, and antioxidants. They are also even said to mitigate the risk of developing serious health conditions, like Alzheimer’s, heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, but few people experience adverse reactions from eating them.

Adding this food to the diet can lead to intolerance and allergy, rashes due to mushrooms are a common condition. The rashes are seen mainly by consuming shiitake mushrooms. It is caused to only a few people those consuming raw or undercooked mushrooms. Some kinds of mushrooms contain psilocybin and psilocyn, substances that can cause hallucinations.

Carrot – Skin discoloration

It is quite surprising that the crunchy, tasty and highly nutritious carrots have side effects, eating too many carrots can change the color of your skin. That’s right, your skin can turn yellowish or orangish by eating too much carrot or foods rich in beta-carotene. 

The discoloration is more visible in the feet, hands and soles of feet. The excess beta-carotene that you get from eating carrots does not enter the bloodstream and gets stored under the skin, which can change the hue of the skin temporarily. It can also happen by consuming too much pumpkin, papaya and sweet potatoes.

Beetroot

Beetroot – Pink urine

Beetroot is packed with essential nutrients, a great source of fiber, folate (vitamin B9), manganese, potassium, iron, and vitamin C. But eating too much beetroot can change the color of urine into pink. Pigmentations and other chemicals present in plants can temporarily change the color of urine. Compounds present in rhubarb, blackberries, and beets can temporarily turn urine pink or red. There is nothing to worry about it as it is not harmful.

Orange juice – Orange urine

Just like beetroot, excess intake of vitamin C can also change the color of urine. An excess amount of vitamin C in a day, including vitamin C supplements and fruits, can turn urine bright orangish color. Apart from vitamin C-rich foods, dehydration can also turn the hue of your urine. So, when you are consuming too much of vitamin C-rich food, drink plenty of water along with it.

Cauliflower

Cauliflower- Gastrointestinal discomfort

Cauliflower and other cruciferous vegetables from the same family can cause gastrointestinal discomfort, like bloating and gas. These veggies are nutritious but are also hard to digest, especially when eaten raw. 

These vegetables contain a compound called raffinose, which is a type of carbohydrate. Unfortunately, our body is not equipped to digest this compound as it does not have a proper enzyme to help break it down. The undigested veggies when passed to the colon can lead to stomach discomfort.

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