While tomatoes are generally safe to eat, in some cases they can cause some unfortunate side effects. If you’re having some of the symptoms below, you might want to eliminate or cut down tomatoes from your diet for about four weeks and see how your body reacts.
Here at Bright Side, we decided to warn you about some dangerous reactions that tomatoes can cause to your body.
1. They might give you acid reflux.
Tomatoes are very acidic and can cause heartburn in people with stomach problems like gastritis and gastroesophageal reflux disease. Even if you’re healthy and eat too many tomatoes or too much tomato sauce, you might end up with that familiar burning sensation.
2. It causes joint pain in some people.
Eating too many tomatoes can cause joint pain. That’s because tomatoes have an alkaloid called solanine, which builds up calcium in the tissues. Too much build up can cause inflammation, pain, and swelling in the joints.
3. Some individuals experience kidney issues.
As mentioned in the previous point, tomatoes lead to a calcium build-up in the body. Add to that the fact that tomatoes are also rich in something called oxalate — a substance that is not metabolized easily when consumed in excess — and it might result in kidney stones. Tomatoes are also rich in potassium, which can impair kidney function. If you already suffer from kidney problems, be extra aware of this.
4. Allergic reactions are pretty common.
Tomatoes contain a compound called histamine, which boosts the immune system to fight against foreign invaders. That usually comes in the form of allergic reactions like rashes and swelling of the tongue, among other unpleasant effects. For those already diagnosed as being allergic to tomatoes, those symptoms can be even more severe.
5. They can trigger your irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
If you suffer from IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), tomatoes can really trigger the symptoms. Those include diarrhea, painful cramps, bloating, gas, and constipation. In this case, it’s best to stay away from acidic foods like tomatoes and tomato sauce.
6. In excess, it causes lycopenodermia.
Lycopene is a type of pigment present in tomatoes and other foods. When consumed in the right amount, it’s great for heart health. However, when consumed in excess, it can lead to skin discoloration, known as lycopenodermia.
7. You may suffer from urinary problems.
Foods that are high in acid, like tomatoes, can be irritating to your bladder. If you suffer from incontinence or are prone to urinary problems, it’s best to avoid or cut down on these types of foods. Cooking the tomatoes doesn’t help in this case, and products like tomato sauce and ketchup are even more troublesome.
8. Tomato leaves can be poisonous.
You need to be extra careful with tomato leaves since they are considered unsafe for consumption. In large amounts, they can result in severe and dangerous symptoms. In more extreme cases, consuming them can even lead to death, so it’s best to avoid them altogether. Better safe than sorry.
9. Non-organic tomatoes have a high level of pesticide residue.
Tomatoes that are not grown organically are one of the foods that have the highest levels of pesticide residue. These chemicals can be really damaging to your health, so the best course of action is to invest in organic tomatoes.
10. It might worsen autoimmune disease symptoms.
Tomatoes are part of a group of plants called nightshades. The alkaloids in nightshades may worsen inflammation in the body, which is particularly bad for people with autoimmune diseases. A lot of people who suffer from autoimmune illnesses have eliminated nightshades from their diets and claim their health has improved a lot overall. If you have an autoimmune disease, this is something you can try.
Were you surprised about any of these side effects? Do you think tomatoes might be affecting your health? Share your stories with us!