The OCU has warned of the health risks of consuming a series of products such as aloe vera in drinks and supplements, green leafy smoothies or raw shiitake mushrooms
The Organization of Consumers and Users (OCU) has warned this Tuesday of the health risks of consuming excessively "trendy foods" such as algae, aloe juice or green tea supplements, among others.
Specifically, the OCU has focused on a series of products related to new trends in food such as aloe vera in drinks and supplements, green leaf smoothies, raw shiitake mushroom, seaweed and green tea supplements, which he advises consuming them "in a moderate, sporadic way and within a varied and balanced diet."
He assures that in the case of aloe in beverages, aloin, one of the components of the plant can be toxic from certain doses "that are still being investigated", and adds that until now a safe intake has not been established in human humans.
In addition, according to the consumer organization, the production of these beverages is carried out by small producers "who have very limited information about the process."
Regarding the green leafy smoothies, he indicates that there have been many benefits that have been assigned to them but they have not been scientifically proven and shows his special concern about their contribution of oxalic acid, a toxic substance naturally present in leafy vegetables such as spinach or the kale.
These drinks, when made with green leafy vegetables, may have higher concentrations of nitrates and there is also the possibility that they are carriers of bacteria or viruses, because these vegetables have not been subjected to any heat or preservation treatment.
Regarding the raw shiitake mushroom, it is important to note that in France cases of dermatitis have been reported after consumption because lentinan, a sugar typical of this food, is inactivated when cooked with heat.
The OCU, on the other hand, affirms that the idea that algae are healthy is widespread among society but its habitual consumption could cause intoxication when the recommended doses of iodine are exceeded.
It indicates that, when used in agriculture or livestock, there is also a risk of toxicity in animals and of soil contamination, due to their high levels of heavy metals, such as arsenic.
The consumption of green tea infusions or beverages made from this plant does not pose any danger, indicates the OCU, which adds, however, that it could be in the highly concentrated extracts sold in the form of supplements "with supposed properties antioxidants ", because a dose of catechins above 800 mg daily is associated with liver damage.
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