A Warning & Book review

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.

You can read about this

here, here and here

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.



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15 responses to “A Warning & Book review

  1. I actually knew that about beta carotene! Last summer i was on my carrot-apple juice kick drinking soo much a day that my skin started to turn a little orangy. Yipes! I cut back but I still miss it. I also read EPL and I really enjoyed it. 🙂

  2. Very interesting about beta carotene! Never knew that before! It is probably smart then to cut back!

  3. Thanks for all the info. I’ve never eaten enough orange food to start to turn colour. I think I might find that alarming…

  4. STAR

    I really agree completely the definitaion about marriage in your bolog, I have a new feeling about the relationship, I feel more responsibility.

  5. The Fiance and I read a book before getting engaged. It was called “Before You Do” by T.D. Jakes. It’s Christian in background but practical for anyone really.

    Those books helped us talk about the important things and make sure we knew where we stood on children, further education, where we want to live, if we will travel, religion, etc. It’s funny the things you don’t think about when you’re in the midst of feeling crazy in love.

    I feel confident that we can whether all the storms together. We’ve been through a lot on in the past and miraculously emerged stronger. For us taking some time to reflect was important. And now we feel more ready as a result! 🙂

  6. Hmmmm carotenemia . New word again! I didn’t know that eating that pumpkin or carrot or squash can make you yellowish… I always feel we are naturally yellow! haha

    I think you really like her book and you can appreciate what she said. I have tried to read that eat pray and love, yet feel I am really not being attracted. Maybe later when I got enough experience !

  7. WOW I had no idea that it was linked to infertility! I only thought that i was turning orange, but now that i think about it, it makes sense…i lost my period a while after i started eating a lot of carrots. Like…A LOT. A bag a day.

    I’m just starting Eat, Pray, Love, and so far it’s good….I keep waiting for it to get more exciting though!!

  8. Yikes, I had no idea that beta carotene and amerorrhea were correlated. I’ve suffered from both orange hands (carotenemia) and amenorrhea in the past. Good to know!

  9. I have that book but I havent started it yet! I cant wait too 🙂

  10. I would love to eat kabocha every single day, regardless of health issues….but I have not enough $$. So I limit myself to kabocha only in the weekends. I eat about 2-3 whole kabochas a week. That’s it! 🙂

  11. Thanks for posting this Coco and for emailing me. So interesting. I have half a kabocha left, and after that’s gone, I think I’ll try cutting back for a while.

    I loved Eat Pray Love. Made me want to move to India and study yoga as well as move to Italy and eat. 🙂

  12. I’ve been reading a lot of great books lately, this one sounds intriguing. You ate all that chocolate? 🙂 Are you missing Star a little? I’m sure you are, and I hope you are making plans to have a good time with a great friend, or someone, on Valentine’s day to keep you occupied and happy!

    I have never heard this before about carotenoids, Coco, and I studied them in several classes during my Master’s education. However, I wouldn’t probably not want to take changes either. It will be a good excuse to explore other foods (haha, not that you don’t already do that!! But now you really have an excuse to search more more).

    Have a good night!

  13. I haven’t read any books of hers but want to get my hands on eat pray love soon.

  14. I’ve never heard of carotemia causing infertility or contributing to amenorrhea. Interesting. I emailed one of my research colleagues who worked with carotenoids, and she had never heard of it either. Not that it isn’t true, but I think it needs a stronger correlation to draw conclusions. But it doesn’t hurt to reduce a potential risk. Thanks for posting! 🙂

  15. kim

    Interesting finds. How about dried sweet potatoes? I buy the dried package ones because they’re easy to snack on. Not sure how ‘healthy’ they are though.

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