We are always told to eat our vegetables, but what if some veggies actually aren’t that great for us? Although this is a list of less-healthy veggies, a vegetable from the earth is still a whole food that contains plenty of vitamins and minerals and has unique healing properties — but sometimes there are just healthier options out there.
Potato: more starch than vegetable
Corn: a genetically modified vegetable
According to the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network, more than 80 per cent of the grain corn grown in Canada is genetically modified. GM corn can result in major sensitivities, hormonal changes and changes within the digestive tract.
In fact, it's one of the most common food allergens in North America and is still fed to cows to fatten them up and help create a marbling affect in meat.
Bell peppers: nightshades not good for joint issues
Peppers contain the alkaloid and solanine, which can disrupt nerve function and lead to twitching, convulsing and trembling. Bell peppers also pose a problem for joint health.
This vegetable is also not recommended for people with rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis or people with any joint issues.
Eggplant: contains oxalates
Eggplant contains oxalates, a naturally occurring substance, that play a role in causing kidney stones. People who have kidney or gallbladder issues or are prone to stones should stay away.
Conventional spinach: high levels of pesticides
Spinach also contains oxalates and purines, which can lead to gout and kidney stones. Again, those with kidney problems, it might be best to stay away.
Cherry tomatoes: a part of the nightshade family
Celery: notoriously nutrition-less
Cucumber: may contain synthetic wax
Kale: a famous superfood
According to Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce, non-organic kale is contaminated with organophosphate insecticides that are highly toxic to the nervous system. Kale is goitrogenic, meaning it can cause or contribute to goiters, but this really only affects people who have an unhealthy thyroid. For people who are healthy, the goitrogenic nature of kale should not be a problem.
Similar to spinach and eggplant, kale contains oxalates and consumption should be slightly monitored if one has an untreated kidney or gallbladder problem.