As you know, I’m obsessed with Kabocha, I can happily eat it every day and not get bored. I once tried to say goodbye to it, it came back; many times I wanted to limit my daily intake to 1/2 pound, I failed…. My palms and feet got better when I was kabocha-free for a month and half when I went to Germany and China, but I know it’s coming back soon.
So THE question is: Is it really harmful to have huge amount of beta carotene even if it is from a vegetable? Most of nutrition experts would say no. But look what I found
WARNING: Carotenemia, mainly due to the excessive intake of carrots and many other yellow and green vegetables and citrus fruits is in general a harmless condition. However, several studies indicate that women with carotenemia may experience amenorrehea and menstrual dysfunctions. Women who consume 12 mg or more of beta-carotene daily for over 6 weeks by consuming large amount of orange food, tend to develop carotenemia. Skin color and fertility return to normal within 2-6 weeks after high levels of intake are discontinued. Why carotenemia may cause infertility is not known but the relationship is there.
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My thought? Even it’s not conclusive, but the fact is there is correlation between these two things. So, I won’t take any risk and I’ll CUT it back. If you’re consuming fair amount of orange food and your body reacts good to it, fine. But if you’re almost vegetarian, eat a large amount of carrots/squash/pumpkin and you have some hormonal imbalance… then you might want to consider this as a possible cause to the problem.
Sleep deprivation, anxiety and nerve made to have a bad sugar craving yesterday. I finished the book and two bags of chocolates! 😦
Let’s focus on the book, shall we?
Overall I like it, but less than Eat, Pray and Love. EPL is about her personal growth after the divorce, her travels and her spiritual quest. This book is much more down to the earth. You’ll find an ending about her love story with that brazilian guy; you’ll find a lot of information about Marriage: Marriage as a way of union from the beginning of the history, Marriage in the mind of Great Thinkers, Marriage in other cultures, things that you’ll get and not get in a marriage, etc. Personally it was useful to make me think about this subject after my flash engagement (because to be honest, I didn’t give it much though before going to the court house). I don’t think it’s necessary for anyone to do such an exhaustive research about Marriage before engagement, but if you have doubts about it, then this is a good book for a summary of researches about marriage.