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2 Health Foods That Are Harmful If You Eat Too Much

1. Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a delicious, widely-used spice that may have some medicinal properties. It is high in antioxidants and has been shown to fight inflammation and lower blood sugar levels. Eating cinnamon has also been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and neurodegenerative diseases. However, cinnamon contains high amounts of a compound called coumarin, which may be harmful in large doses.

There are two main types of cinnamon, with different amounts of coumarin

Cassia: Also known as regular cinnamon, Cassia cinnamon contains a relatively high amount of coumarin.

Ceylon: Known as the true cinnamon, Ceylon is the less common of the two. It is much lower in coumarin.

The tolerable daily intake of coumarin is 0.1 mg per kg of body weight. Consuming much more than that may cause liver toxicity and cancer based on the tolerable daily intake, it is not recommended to consume more than 0.5–2 grams of Cassia cinnamon each day. However, you can eat up to 5 grams (1 teaspoon) of Ceylon cinnamon per day.

Eating more than that is fine occasionally, such as if a certain recipe calls for it. But large amounts should not be eaten too frequently. Cinnamon is antioxidant-rich and linked to several health benefits. Yet it also contains coumarin, which may be harmful in large doses. Of the two types of cinnamon, Ceylon cinnamon contains less coumarin.

2. Coffee

Coffee is a wonderful beverage that is loaded with antioxidants and other active compounds. It has been linked with numerous health benefits, including a reduced risk of liver diseases, type 2 diabetes and neurodegenerative diseases The active ingredient in regular coffee is caffeine, with each cup containing an average of 80–120 mg. A daily intake of 400 mg is generally considered to be safe.

However, consuming more than 500–600 mg per day can be excessive. This may overwhelm the nervous system, causing insomnia, nervousness, irritability, stomach cramps, heart palpitations and muscle tremors

The amount of caffeine needed to experience these side effects differs widely between individuals.

Some can drink as much coffee as they want, while others experience symptoms with small amounts of caffeine.

Content created and supplied by: Raphael munanga (via Opera News )

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