10 Foods with Weird Side Effects


Some of the stuff we eat can react strangely inside our bodies. Keep reading to find out what these foods are and how they affect us.

10. Garlic

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We all know that garlic can leave us with bad breath and bad body odor in general because oftentimes the smell of what we eat can permeate our skin. But, here’s the weird thing about garlic — you don’t even have to eat it to have bad breath or body odor! You can merely rub crushed garlic on your feet, and, “within half an hour or so, you can taste the garlic in your mouth,” Dr. Swartzberg, a clinical professor emeritus at UC Berkeley and the University of California San Francisco, told Health Magazine. “The chemicals get absorbed into your bloodstream and then into your lungs” and come out through your breath, urine, and sweat.

TIP: If you really love garlic but hate the associated stench, drink a glass of milk before eating it. The milk can help restore freshness.

9. Carrots

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Eating too many carrots can cause carotenemia — a condition that turns your skin orange! Carotenemia is most visible on the palms of the hands, the soles of the feet, and the laugh lines on the face. Because carrots are high in beta-carotene — an orange-red pigment — it’s possible for the pigment to change the color of your skin. But, as we said, you’d have to eat lots of carrots to see this effect. So, just how many carrots would one have to eat to turn their skin orange? About 10 a day for two weeks straight.

Carrots can boost male fertility. According to a study conducted by the Harvard University School of Public Health, the carotenoids in carrots get converted into vitamin A and other antioxidants in the body. This in turn helps maintain healthy sperm.

8. Junk Food

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Okay, so we all know junk food is bad for you — hence the name. But, what you might not know is just how bad it is. According to experts from the University of Bonn in Germany, foods laden with fat and sugar sends the body’s immune system into meltdown, and because of this, eating junk food has a similar effect on your body as a bacterial infection. And, that’s just after one hour of gorging! Here’s what else a junk food diet can lead to:

-lack of concentration
-increased hunger/cravings/appetite
-irritable bowel syndrome flare-ups

In the long-term, a junk food diet can lead to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and cancer.

7. Sugar

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Everyone loves sugar! Unfortunately, the sweet treat doesn’t love us back. Not only does sugar have no nutritional value whatsoever, it does a lot of nasty things inside our bodies, like causing cavities and weight gain. But, something you may not have known is that it could lead to premature skin aging. According to Dr. Nicholas Perricone, dermatologist and author of The Wrinkle Cure, sugar causes the skin to age by creating celllular inflammation. “Sugar molecules bind to collagen in our skin in a process called glycation. Glycation creates inflammation that breaks down collagen, resulting in wrinkles and loss of skin elasticity. Skin then becomes stiff and inflexible and more vulnerable to sun damage, wrinkles and sagging,” dietician Helen Bond, explaining Perricone’s theory, told Cosmopolitan.

6. Beef Jerky

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According to an article published by Men’s Journal magazine, a study conducted by Johns Hopkins Medicine found that the nitrates — the chemicals used to cure meats like bacon, hot dogs, salami, etc. — in beef jerky (and other processed meats) contributes to manic episodes in people with AND without prior existing psychiatric disorders. More than 1,000 people participated in the study, and what researchers found was astonishing. The study participants exhibited abnormal moods after eating processed meat. These moods included euphoria, insomnia, and hyperactivity.

5. Nutmeg

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If you love candied yams as much as I do, then you know how important nutmeg is to creating the perfect sweet potato dish. But, we found out something quite alarming about this beloved spice — it can cause hallucinations! According to Men’s Journal magazine, The New York Times reported that myristicin, a chemical found in nutmeg, produced some weird side effects, including dizziness, out-of-body sensations, nausea, extreme dry mouth, and a lingering slowdown of normal brain function. So, the next time you prepare yams, corn pudding, egg nog or anything else that calls for nutmeg, make sure you go easy on the stuff.

4. Soy

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Soy has many health benefits. But, for men, soy consumption can have some very unfortunate side effects. A study published in the Oxford Journal showed that men who consumed just half a serving of soy-based foods everyday over a 3-month period had 41 million sperm\/ml less than men who didn’t consume soy-based foods at all. What’s more is that soy has been known to cause “man boobs.” So, just what is the cause of these unfortunate side effects? Well, according to researchers it’s the isoflavones — plant compounds with estrogen-like effects — found in soy.

3. Fish

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It’s no surprise that fish can make your breath smell like, well, fish. That’s nothing some toothpaste or mint gum won’t cure, right? But, if you have a genetic disorder known as trimethylaminuria, you might want to avoid fish altogether — unless of course you don’t mind smelling like rotting fish, rotting eggs, urine or garbage, as some have described it.
“These are inborn errors of metabolism where people can’t break down certain types of protein,” including an amino acid called trimethylamine, Dr. John Swartzberg explained to Health Magazine. Trimethylamine is produced in the intestines when the body digests foods like fish and eggs, and as trimethylamine builds up, it “gets into your urine,” Swartzberg said. “You can smell it on your breath and also in your sweat as well.”

2. Grapefruit

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Some people swear by the grapefruit diet. But, what they don’t know is that grapefruit they consume everyday may increase their risk of developing melanoma. According to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, people who ate a whole grapefruit at least three times a week had a 41 percent higher risk of developing melanoma compared to those who didn’t eat grapefruit at all. Not only that, but people who drank orange juice at least once a day also had a higher risk (25 percent) of developing melanoma than those who drank it less weekly. Researchers say this is due to certain “photoactive” chemicals found in citrus fruits that make the skin more sensitive to the sun. Ironically, there’s no risk association with whole oranges or grapefruit juice.

1. Hot Sauce

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If you love hot sauce, that’s perfectly fine. You will just need to make sure you get your daily fix in way before bedtime. That’s because hot sauce can disrupt your sleep. According to a study published in the International Journal of Psychophysiology, men who consumed Tabasco sauce or mustard with dinner experienced poorer sleep. Scientists believe it’s the capsaicin in the hot sauce that affects a person’s quality of sleep by increasing body temperature during the first sleep cycle.


Your turn! Tell us what weird side effects you’ve experienced from food. We’d love to hear from you!