Most people very well know the benefits of eating tomatoes like it reduces risk of cancer, prevents heart diseases, purifies blood and removes toxins, lowers bad cholesterol levels, improves eyesight, etc. However, many of you might not be aware of the dangers of eating too much of tomatoes.
Askiguru has discovered nine serious side effects of tomatoes!
1. Acid Reflux/Heartburn
According to the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, fresh tomatoes fall into the 4.3-4 range when it comes to acidity. Tomatoes are highly acidic, which makes them likely to cause heartburn. Tomatoes are packed with malic and citric acids and can make the stomach produce excessive gastric acid (which is responsible for food breakdown). When the volume of the acid increases, it is forced to flow up the esophagus, causing the symptoms. In fact, even cooking tomatoes may not be of much help. Tomatoes and tomato sauce are also listed as a couple of foods that can trigger a reflux. Tomatoes can also worsen the symptoms of GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, it is best to avoid acidic foods like tomatoes to avoid acid reflux symptoms. The acidity of fresh tomatoes can be closely associated with their degree of ripeness. The more mature and ripe, the lower the acidity.
2. Allergies And Infections
Eating tomatoes may or may not cause you an allergy. Symptoms of a tomato allergy most often occur immediately after the fruit is consumed. These include hives, skin rashes, eczema, coughing, sneezing, an itching sensation in the throat, and swelling of the face, mouth, and tongue. According to a Polish study, tomatoes contain a compound called histamine that can cause certain allergic reactions. Tomatoes can also cause allergic contact dermatitis – where your skin becomes severely itchy and swollen after touching the fruit. Tomatoes can also lead to itchy lips. Another allergic reaction to do with tomatoes is a red patch around the eyebrows and eyelids. You will immediately come to know that you are allergic to tomatoes so once you know it, its better to avoid it.
3. Kidney Problems
Kidneys are bean shaped organs which helps to filter useless products from our body, they assist in producing hormones, absorbing minerals and also produce urine with body fluids. According to a report published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, individuals with advanced chronic kidney disease must limit their intake of potassium, a mineral tomatoes are rich in. People with severe kidney issues must also limit the intake of tomatoes as they contain a lot of water. High potassium levels in the blood, which is one of the causes of kidney disease, could be dealt with by avoiding tomatoes or tomato sauce or anything made of tomatoes. Tomato sauce is also high in oxalate, which is another reason susceptible individuals must steer clear of it.
It is not necessary each and everyone will suffer from diarrhea. Diarrhea can occur in individuals suffering from tomato intolerance. As per a report published by Longwood University, tomatoes are greasy and acidic and must be avoided during diarrhea. And according to another report by the University of Minnesota, tomatoes can be a source of an organism called salmonella that causes diarrhea. So once you come to know tomatoes doesn't suits you, its better to avoid consuming it.
5. Excessive Sodium
More sodium intake can increase blood pressure because it holds excess fluid in the body, and that creates an added burden on the heart. Ensure you choose lower sodium versions of tomato sauce as most sauces have a high sodium content. Even tomato soup can have too much of sodium. Just one cup of the soup can contain anywhere between 700 to 1,260 mg of sodium. Canned tomatoes can contain 220 mg of sodium for every half cup.
6. Urinary Problems
As we read above tomatoes can cause acidity in our body and acidic foods like tomatoes can irritate the bladder and result in urinary incontinence. Tomatoes can also cause bladder symptoms, and in certain cases, cystitis (burning sensation in the bladder).
7. Body Aches
At a times the compound in tomatoes can cause swelling and joint pains. When the immune system in the body reacts to the proteins in tomatoes, a compound called histamine (we already spoke about it) is released into the tissues. This compound can cause swelling and joint pains. Tomatoes also contain an alkaloid called solanine, which builds up calcium in the tissues and causes inflammation. Eating tomatoes can also increase the uric acid levels – and this can lead to gout.
8.Tomatoes can also trigger arthritis conditions in some people, causing pain.
Eating tomatoes can cause increase in uric acid levels. Compounds like Histamine and Solanine present in tomatoes build up calcium tissues in the body which, often lead to swelling of joints. These swelled up joints cause excruciating pain on movement, making it difficult to perform daily routine activities. In extreme cases, excess consumption of tomatoes may lead to the development of arthritis.
9. Cardiovascular problems
Studies have found that tomatoes can even give you cardiovascular problems. Canned tomatoes, unlike the fresh ones, are rich in sodium. Excessive consumption of canned tomatoes can stock up too much of sodium in the body, which aggravates the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Due to the presence of excess sodium in the blood, it may push up the blood pressure, thereby causing heart problems.
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