Tomato is one of the most popular veggies and they are an essential part of our daily diet. We use them in salads, soups, and many meals. They are a good source of water, give a unique glow to the skin, are extremely useful in losing weight, etc. But you cannot eat as many tomatoes as you can because tomato can actually have serious side effects if consumed in excess. Here are 5 harmful side effects of tomatoes you must know.
1. Heartburn: 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 cases of GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) eating tomatoes can worsen the symptoms.
2. Kidney Problems: 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 which is found in tomatoes in high amounts. 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.
3. Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Irritable bowel syndrome is a group of symptoms relating to gastrointestinal tract. Tomatoes, given their irritating skins and seeds, can be one reason for irritable bowel syndrome. And if you are already suffering from IBS, tomatoes can also trigger bloating. Tomatoes are also one of the most common food allergens that can cause intestinal problems
4. 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. Another allergic reaction to do with tomatoes is a red patch around the eyebrows and eyelids. This if happens in excess can be a cause of allergies.
5. Lycopenodermia: This is probably the first and most common symptom you will observe if you are having an excess intake of tomato and thereby lycopene. It is a skin condition caused by lycopene which is found in tomatoes in high amounts. Indeed it is the yellowish orange discolouration of skin following large tomato intake. Excessive intake of lycopene can cause lycopenodermia, which is the deep-orange coloration of the skin. This may not be a health threat but is surely not very attractive to look at.