From Iced Tea To Peanuts To Wine, Are Some ‘Healthy’ Foods Hazardous To Your Health?

With all the recent warnings that both sugary and sugar-free sodas can expand your waistline, many folks decided to add iced tea to their arsenal of healthy foods and beverages. But for one Arkansas man, iced tea turned out to be a lethal weapon when he developed kidney failure, according to the Washington Post.

Physicians became concerned when the 56-year-old complained of symptoms ranging from extreme fatigue to pain. After testing revealed high levels of creatinine indicative of kidney failure, the doctors began questioning him. They were baffled until the man revealed his favorite beverage.

“The patient admitted to drinking sixteen eight-ounce glasses of iced tea daily.”

What’s wrong with tea? It contains oxalate, which, in that amount, led to kidney inflammation.

“In this case there were oxalate crystals inside the kidney, and that generates an inflammatory reaction,” explained Umbar Ghaffar from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

“If that’s not resolved it will cause scarring and loss of the kidney tissue. So that’s what probably was happening in this patient.”

And tea isn’t the only supposedly healthy item containing oxalate. Others include peanuts, rhubarb, and star fruit. While the Academy of Nutrition recommends 4o to 50 milligrams daily, the 56-year-old former iced tea fanatic was consuming over 1,500 milligrams of oxalate on a daily basis.

Another expert recommended moderation rather than tossing out your tea.

“In this case, the person was drinking huge amounts of oxalate,” pointed out Harvard Medical School professor Gary Curhan. “I would caution people against drinking that much, but drinking a glass or two would not concern me.”

Then there’s the question about wine, which depending on which study you prefer is either the fountain of youth or detrimental to your well-being, according to Bon Appetit.

One study, for example, revealed that wine can reduce the risk of stroke by 30 percent. In addition, some researchers discovered that wine could even reduce the risk of lung cancer while providing protection against dementia.

But then there’s the issue of liver cancer with too much alcohol, reported UPI. That’s the bad news.

However, a new study revealed that coffee can help reduce the risk of liver cancer, which is increased when you drink three or more glasses of wine or other alcohol daily.

“Both coffee and coffee extracts have also been shown to reduce the expression of genes involved in inflammation, and the effects appear to be most pronounced in the liver,” revealed the report on the benefits of coffee for protecting the liver.

In addition to alcohol, the study determined an correlation between liver cancer and aflatoxins.

“Aflatoxins are produced by inadequate storage of food, and are generally an issue related to foods from warmer, developing regions of the world,” said the researchers. “Foods that may be affected by aflatoxins include cereals, spices, peanuts, pistachios, Brazil nuts, chillies, black pepper, dried fruit and figs.”

So should you toss out those popular peanuts? No, as long as you’re careful about checking those snacks before you bite, reported Berkeley Wellness.

Peanuts available in the United States are viewed as safe. But toss out ones that appear discolored or shriveled, and make sure to keep them in a dry, cool area to avoid any risk of mold.

In addition, just as with tea and wine, limit yourself to one or two servings a day, especially if you’re trying to succeed with your weight loss goals.

As the Inquisitr reported, one serving of nuts on the Total 10 Rapid Weight Loss Plan equals 22 nuts or an apple with nut butter.

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