Tomato is known as the “poor man’s apple.” It finds a very comfortable place in Indian Kitchen and cuisine. Over 200 years through the end of 19th century, people feared tomatoes and avoided eating it.
Today, annually an estimated one and a half billion tons of tomatoes are produced commercially. And researches conducted on tomatoes have revealed that it carries a variety of health benefits and loaded with dietary fibers, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals in the raw or cooked form. But consuming too many tomatoes can put you at risk for side effects. Read on for more information:
Heartburn or Acid reflux
Tomatoes are acidic by nature. Consuming too many tomatoes can bring about esophageal regurgitation, also called acid reflux or heartburn. It is a nagging burning sensation in the chest region. Eating spicy, oily, or fatty foods also produce heartburn. If you experience any heartburn or acid reflux for over a week or two, it could be GERD (gastrointestinal reflux disease). Consult your doctor.
Impairs Immune System
Phytochemical lycopene is an antioxidant found in tomatoes. It helps your body remove free radicals which are otherwise harmful. But excess of lycopene is not good for your body. It underplays the body’s immune mechanism, especially when you get bacterial or fungal infection.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a form of intestinal disorder that can be an outcome of consuming excess tomatoes. Excess lycopene in your body can give you stomach cramps, diarrhea/constipation, nausea, and bloating which are symptoms of IBS. The severity varies between individuals.
Forms Kidney Stones
Too much calcium and oxalate compounds in the urine can give way to new or aggravate existing kidney stone problems. Tomato seeds contain calcium and oxalate compounds, and if consumed in excess, calcium oxalate can deposit in the kidney and form small or large kidney stones. It can also aggravate any existing kidney stone problems.
Negative Effects On the Prostate
Symptom of prostate problem is pain and difficulty passing urine. Excess amount of lycopene in the body is known to aggravate any existing prostate problems. Hence, consumption of too many tomatoes means injecting your body with excessive lycopene. Avoid tomatoes if you have any prostate problems.
In some people, eating tomatoes are known to trigger allergic skin reactions. If left untreated it can cause rashes, blisters, vesicular eczema with skin irritation and severe itching.
Exacerbates Migraine Headache
If you have problems of acute or chronic migraine headaches, tomatoes are a big “NO” for you. Migraine headache is a nagging and throbbing pain which can get aggravated by consumption of too many tomatoes. Even here excessive lycopene is the cause. Moderation is advised.