11 Foods That Do Weird Things to Your Body


Some foods have really strange side effects. Click through the gallery above to see what we’re talking about.

Carrots turn skin orange

Because the veggie is high in beta-carotene, an orangey-red pigment, eating too many of them can cause carotenemia, a condition that gives skin an orange tint. The coloring is most visible on the palms of the hand, the soles of the feet and the laugh lines of your face, according to the Dermatology Clinic at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Fortunately, it’s not too common. You’d have to eat about 10 carrots a day for two weeks straight to notice a change. Up for the challenge? Here are 34 ways to eat carrots to get you started.

Bananas beat bloat

If you’ve been feeling a bit bloated lately, you might want to add a banana to your morning routine. One study found that women who ate a banana a day reported less bloating than those who simply had water or a banana-flavored drink. Experts guess it’s because the fruit is high in potassium, which helps balance sodium and prevents water retention.

A bunch of foods can make you sleepy

You already know that too much turkey can send you straight to the couch. But did you know other foods contain even more tryptophan, the amino acid that makes you drowsy, than turkey? Foods like almonds, chicken, beans and fatty fish are just as likely to put you out. If you’re trying to hit the hay, here are 8 more foods that will help you fall asleep.

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