If you're looking to up your vegetable intake this fall, there's one thing you should be aware of: some veggies are bad for your gut.
Vegetables are typically thought of as healthy foods, but some can actually cause inflammation in the digestive tract. Leafy greens like spinach, kale and collards contain oxalates—a natural compound that binds minerals and makes them unavailable to the body. When these vegetables are consumed in large amounts, they can cause an excess of oxalates which can lead to inflammation and irritation in the gut.
The best way to avoid these vegetables is by eating smaller portions with meals and limiting them altogether if you have a history of gastrointestinal distress or other gut issues.