Eating TOO healthy?

Answered on October 23, 2013
Created October 23, 2013 at 2:55 PM

I have recently (in the last 8 months or so) started eating a paleo type diet. I'm not trying to lose weight (trying to add strength through crossfit in fact), I just want all of my meals to be nutritious and sugar free.

I've noticed that the foods I eat contain vitamins far above the recommended daily value. My portions are modest. For instance for lunch I usually eat a kale salad, which contains way more vitamin A than the rec'd amount.

Question is... will this be a problem?

  • F92f0b6a3fe3d45a489e020076904f2f

    asked by

  • Views
  • Last Activity
    2093D AGO
Frontpage book

Get FREE instant access to our Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!

5 Answers



on October 23, 2013
at 06:20 PM

In general, no.

I would worry about:

  • Excessive amounts of PREFORMED Vitamin A. NOT the kind you get from kale; the kind you get from liver. Unless you're eating liver more than a few times a week, don't sweat it.
  • Excessive calcium, if it's a daily thing. This may not be an issue for you, but for me it's very constipating :///
  • Excessive iodine (from seaweed or something): if you have thyroid issues.

Other than that, it's hard to see how you'd get anything dangerous from food sources.

Medium avatar


on October 23, 2013
at 05:20 PM

Having a large amount of Retinyl Palmitate (artificial) is toxic, but eating kale which is loaded with carotenoids is fine. Carotenoids are converted into A by the body.



on October 23, 2013
at 03:43 PM

Excess nutrients aren't going to be a problem if you are eating a varied diet. Some days you'll be high in X, but next week X will be normal or low, Y & Z might be high then. It averages out over time.



on October 23, 2013
at 03:08 PM

The recommended daily allowance is actually a minimum of what you need. There is also an upper tolerable limit (http://iom.edu/Activities/Nutrition/SummaryDRIs/~/media/Files/Activity%20Files/Nutrition/DRIs/ULs%20for%20Vitamins%20and%20Elements.pdf) .

Somewhere in between is optimal. Also note, the body is pretty efficent at expeling excess vitamins and nutrients above the necessary level.



on October 23, 2013
at 03:07 PM

can you eat too healthy....no.

can you get too many vitamins from your food, probably not, i guess in theory it is possible but you would probably have to really try.

vitamin A from plants is poorly converted inside the body, ive heard people mention the ratios at 22.1-2.1 so unless your getting several tens of thousands of ius i wouldnt even worry.

Answer Question

Get FREE instant access to our
Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!