We’ve all had a food baby at one time or another. All-you-can-eat sushi bars, trips to buffets in the U.S., massive restaurant portions, and that age-old problem of eating one’s feelings have pretty much ensured that.
We know it’s bad for us, but once and a while we do it anyway. No harm done, right? Right. Unless you overdid it on any of these common foods, which can lead to a serious overdose.
11 foods you can actually overdose on
BananasThey make a great snack or base for any morning shake, but eating too many bananas can cause headaches and sleepiness thanks to their amino acids. In extreme cases they can also trigger hyperkalemia -- a dangerous condition that occurs when there is too much potassium in your blood.Thinkstock
CarrotsFull of beta-carotene -- an antioxidant that prevents cancer, asthma and a slew of other health problems -- carrots are a great addition to any diet. In moderation. Eating too many of them can actually cause your skin to turn orange (carotenemia). Try to limit your intake to two cups per week if you'd rather not look like an Oompa-Loompa. Thinkstock
StarfruitIf you're going to add some of this exotic fruit to your diet, definitely do so in moderation (as in no more than half a cup per week). Too much of it is toxic, and can cause vomiting, dizziness, convulsions and possibly death, especially for people with kidney problems. The science is still out as to why, but if there's anything going on with your kidneys, steer clear from this fruit. Thinkstock
Kombucha TeaThis beverage is making headlines for its health properties (it's full of probiotics), with some even calling it a new superfood. Drinkers be wary, however. Due to the high content of lactic acid, drinking too much of it can trigger panic attacks. Homemade varieties are equally dangerous, as they can also contain mould and other bacteria.Thinkstock
Black LicoriceAn acquired taste, this candy is actually quite dangerous if you're over 40 years old. Having more than two ounces per day for roughly two weeks has been linked to irregular heart rhythm, arrhythmia and worse. That's because it contains a compound called glycyrrhizin, which causes the body's potassium levels to drop. Thinkstock
NutmegDon't scale back on your food-related holiday plans just yet. This Christmas spice is fine in small amounts (baking, squash dishes, coffee), but when taken in excess it can cause hallucinations and anxiety.Thinkstock
PopWe all know that the amount of sugar in pop is bad for us. But there are farther-reaching effects too, such as irregular heart function and even death. Stick to no more than 16 ounces per day if you really need your bubbly; otherwise, try to avoid it all together.Thinkstock
CoffeeWe say coffee, but we really mean any high amount of caffeine. While most of us have experienced the shakes from too much of the stuff, really overdoing it can lead to heart palpitations, dizziness, confusion, and even heart attacks. Stick to no more than 400 mg of caffeine per day to be safe. Thinkstock
Soy SauceAgain, we all know that too much salt is bad for us. But we rarely stop to think about how much sodium is in soy sauce. Hint: there's lots, even in the low-sodium stuff. Having too much sodium in your blood can cause the brain to lose water, and cause internal bleeding. One tablespoon per day is more than enough. Thinkstock
Raw TunaJeremy Piven might not have been lying about his sushi habit causing mercury poisoning. The dangers of eating too much raw tuna (or any deep-water fish) are becoming increasingly well-known. High mercury levels in the body can lead to anything from kidney and lung disorders to neurological problems. If you need to have it, limit yourself to six pieces or so per week. Thinkstock
WaterDrink too much of the clear stuff and you'll probably wind up vomiting. While it's important to replenish your body and drink 8-10 cups per day, more than 12 could lead to hyponatremia, a condition that occurs when your blood doesn't have enough sodium. Help yourself out by sipping on water throughout the day, rather than chugging it down in one single go. Thinkstock