April 24, 2024

It’s hard to name a food better for you than vegetables. Packed with fiber, micronutrients, and antioxidants, veggies are the ultimate health food. Research associates eating more vegetables with less weight gain, reduced markers of heart disease, and lower risk of type 2 diabetes. And because these plant foods are free of the top nine food allergens, low in calories, fat, and sodium, and can be prepared in seemingly endless tasty ways, they fit in just about any diet.

It’s no wonder the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) MyPlate guidance recommends filling over one-quarter of your plate with veggies at mealtimes, and the 2020–2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans call them a core element of a healthy dietary pattern. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends adults strive for 2- to 3-cup equivalents of vegetables each day — yet report that only 10 percent of Americans meet that goal.

Clearly, most of us could use more veggies in our diets, not fewer. But there are a few circumstances when adding veg might not be the best idea. In certain unique scenarios (or if you have any of a handful of health conditions), you might benefit more from leaving the colorful stuff off your plate — at least for a while.

Although no nutrition expert would cast aspersions on asparagus or throw shade on nightshades, here are 10 potentially unsavory side effects of veggies.

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