Healthy foods may not be always ‘healthy’ for you

April 03, 2020

YES, we need to eat healthy foods as we age especially during this crisis, but unfortunately, some of the active ingredients and chemicals in food may interact with the medicines you are taking every day.

* Beans. Of course, adults know this – beans may cause them arthritis or may raise their uric acid levels. Some people avoid beans because of the gas and stomach pain they can cause. However, beans are excellent source of fiber, they are high in protein and iron and low in fat. To avoid adverse reaction, the trick is to add beans to your diet slowly. Start by having a small serving a few times a week.

* Grapefruit. Grapefruit is high in vitamin C and potassium. However, if you are taking medicine to control your blood pressure, anxiety, or insomnia, grapefruit juice may interact with your drugs.

* Cruciferous vegetables. Some do not like the taste of cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and kale. But these are high in vitamin C, beta-carotene, fiber, calcium, iron, and folate. Just add them to meals gradually, in smaller servings. Drink plenty of fluids too.

* Caffeine. People with insomnia and with heart condition need to cut back their coffee intake. But stopping caffeine too quickly may cause headaches, nausea, or vomiting. Slowly replace caffeinated drinks with water, herbal tea, or decaf.