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When Good Foods Are Bad for You

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You know fruits and vegetables are good for you, but can they also cause health problems? Here are the good foods that can also be bad for you.

Grapefruit

Even good foods can cause havoc in your life. Here are a few to keep your eye on.

Food

Grapefruit

Problem

Prescription drug interaction and potential kidney failure

What Happens

While grapefruit is an excellent source of vitamin C and contains fiber, potassium, and lycopene for cancer prevention, it could be off-limits for those on some prescription medications. "It can alter the effects of the drug, causing serious side effects. The biggest concerns are with cholesterol-lowering medications. The grapefruit may prevent the liver from breaking down the drug, causing toxic levels to build up that could cause kidney failure," says Lona Sandon, MEd, RD, a professor of nutrition at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.

How Much Do You Have to Eat?

"One glass of grapefruit juice or one grapefruit is enough to interfere with medications. I am not sure at what level kidney failure might occur, but it's probably not a good idea to push it. It likely depends on a person's body weight. No level of grapefruit intake is considered acceptable with these medications," says Sandon.

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KPlumb7979 wrote:

What is the test for a 'predisposition to calcium oxalate kidney stones'?

11/2/2013 09:14:19 AM Report Abuse
nottydotty45 wrote:

This is a great teaching...glad I found it... I was told not to eat grapefruit and now I know why... I only have one kidney due to CHF and that is when they told me not to eat grapefruit, which i happen to love...LOL

7/15/2013 11:59:44 AM Report Abuse
mj9693 wrote:

Grapefruit is delicious. I would hate to give it up for any medication.

7/15/2013 11:39:55 AM Report Abuse
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2/2/2012 02:42:39 AM Report Abuse

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