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Side Effects Of Tomato

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Contrary to innumerable health benefits, there are very few side effects of tomato to talk about. It is rich in lycopene which is one of the powerful antioxidants having several health benefits. It acts as an important food in preventing several types of cancer. Furthermore, the fruit is eaten raw and has several culinary uses. So, it becomes important to discuss about any of the dangers associated with eating tomatoes.



 


Heartburn & Acid Reflux


 


Excessive consumption of tomato is known to trigger heartburn. In severe cases, it weakens the esophageal muscles and triggers the acid production in stomach causing acid reflux.


 


Tomato Leaves Are Unsafe


 


Tomato as a fruit is safe to eat in any from but the leaves are known to be poisonous. If consumed in large amount, it can cause:


 


  • Irritation in mouth and throat

  • Vomiting

  • Headache

  • Dizziness

  • Diarrhea

  • Mild spasm


If not taken care of, the consumption of leaf may even turn fatal in some cases.


 


Tomato Allergy


 


It is one of the rare side effects of tomato, but some people are found to be allergic to this lycopene containing fruit. If you are sensitive to tomato, it’s better to avoid the intake of fruit in any form.


 


Gastritis & Peptic Ulcers


 


Tomato is safe if eaten in adequate quantity, but being acidic in nature, its excessive consumption may cause gastritis and peptic ulcers. One should remain cautious and avoid its over consumption.


 


These are some of the side effects of tomato which should be known to us to avoid any serious health hazards.


 


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