Can You Eat Too Many Greens?
Balance is the key to everything. It's important to rotate the foods you eat, including greens. One way to do this easily is by eating seasonally with your produce. Another way, for greens especially, is to vary each week with the greens you eat. You'll find that chomping and chomping on endless amounts of greens will result in massiter fatigue (that is, a tired jaw muscle). It turns out that this is one of the body's satiety cues, meaning you'll naturally be inclined to stop eating, which is a useful strategy if you're trying to lose weight. If you're not trying to lose weight, then you can consume far more greens by blending them into a smoothie, but the high fiber content may eventually make you feel bloated. The best option for many people is to juice a lot of their greens, which removes the fiber (plant pulp), allowing you to consume literally as many greens as you'd like.
(A word about balance... some things are harmful even in small amounts. Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn of the Cleveland Clinic is one of the world's leading authorities on reversing heart disease through diet. He urges that, when it comes to cholesterol, "moderation kills." When asked about the effects of an occasional steak or slice of pizza, Dr. Esselstyn says, "We now know that a single fatty meal compromises coronary flow. This is true even in young people. You can see it with a scan five minutes later.")
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