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Ever since we were kids, we have been told to eat all our veggies – and for a good reason, as most vegetables are packed with dietary fibers that can help your digestive system, along with minerals and vitamins that are essential for the correct functioning of your body. However, some vegetables are simply better than others: letting alone the fact that some of them may contain traces of pesticides, which have been linked to an increased risk for cancer, autism and a wide array of other potentially fatal conditions, some vegetables are simply too high in nitrates, sugar or other compounds that can slowly take their toll on your health. Here are some of the vegetables that you should avoid at all costs, given the fact that their downsides outweigh their benefits:

1. Beets

If you are trying to lose weight, then you should stay away from beets as one cup of boiled beets sums up to 7 grams of sugar, which is quite a lot for a vegetable. Beets have three times more sugar than red cabbage, for instance, which is highly recommended for those who are trying to naturally slim down their waistline. Besides the fact that they are very rich in sugar, beets also contain very high levels of nitrate that can color your stool and urine.

2. Soya Beans

Soya beans, or soybeans, are a great alternative to traditional meats, especially if you are a vegetarian. However, numerous studies have been conducted on the health benefits of soya beans, and it is known that soy is very high in phytoestrogen, also referred to as “natural plant-derived estrogen”. On one hand, soya beans can be great for women who are battling the symptoms of menopause, but on the other hand they can cause high estrogen levels and this is known to increase the risk for breast cancer and other hormone-dependent types of cancer.

Edamame, soy milk and soy protein are not as good and healthy as you may be tempted to think, especially since most of the people do not have the natural enzymes designed to digest the unfermented soy, which means that many are prone to digestive problems if they eat soy beans (some of which include bloating, stomach pain and indigestion). In addition to this, excessive soy consumption has been linked to a series of conditions, from kidney disease and hypothyroidsm to cystic fibrosis, asthma as well as hay fever or allergic rhinitis.