Any kitchen is incomplete without the red round staple which adds the flavors to any soup, a gravy, or any dish. Yes I am talking about tomatoes. It adds a typical flavor and color to whatever you are cooking. When you add it raw to your salad it is the best part of your salad, the juicy tangy flavor gives you a lot of vitamins and minerals.
But whatever we say, every coin has its other side. Likewise tomatoes too have some pitfalls that we forget to consider on the go. Really the common staple we add just like that in our cooking can cause some serious side effects in you.
Here we shall discuss some serious side effects of tomatoes,
The tomato is full of acids. So, the excessive consumption of tomato triggers various gastrointestinal disorders. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), commonly known as ‘acid reflux’, is a common intestinal disorder. This disease raises the digestive acid level in our stomach, which starts seeping out. Gradually, the acids reach the wall of our esophagus and cause a burning sensation in it. The acids from tomatoes can make this condition worse and can even give you heartburn. So, if you have already been diagnosed with GERD or other such digestive issues, limit your intake of tomatoes immediately.
Tomato intolerance can result from consuming small to large amounts of tomatoes, which can cause digestive trouble such as stomach pains and gas. The symptoms of tomato intolerance may vary from person to person, and in mild cases, symptoms may not result unless large amounts of tomato are eaten, either raw or cooked. If you suffer from a potato, chili pepper or pepper intolerance, you may also find you have a tomato intolerance.
Too much of sodium
Canned tomatoes are often high in sodium, with a 1-cup serving containing 564 milligrams, while 1 cup of fresh, chopped tomatoes has only 9 milligrams. A diet high in sodium increases your risk of osteoporosis and cardiovascular complications.
Tomatoes, especially the seeds of the vegetable, are rich in calcium and oxalate compounds. If you are already suffering from minor kidney problems, it will be really tough for your body to digest these elements. In such a case, consuming large amounts of tomato will be harmful for you as the calcium and oxalates will accumulate in your kidneys and form small to large stones.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
The lycopene content of tomato can result in some serious intestinal problems, such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). It is characterized by acute pain and extreme discomfort in abdomen along with changed bowel habits. Apart from these, you can also experience some other minor to moderate intestinal issues like abdominal gas, indigestion, bloating, etc., if you consume as much as 30 mg of lycopene a day. It may even give rise to symptoms like nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, etc.