The Benefits Of Tomatoes Can Make A Tricky Turn Into Side Effects!

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Most people don’t think, “danger!” when it comes to tomatoes, but maybe we should be a bit more wary of them. Or at the very least, be cautious when ingesting tomatoes and take notice of any side effects that your body might have from them. In tomatoes, the compound lycopene is what is responsible for most of the problems that occur from eating tomatoes, even though lycopene is also the compound responsible for the benefits of tomatoes as well! Tricky!

Tomatoes are high in antioxidants, a rich source of vitamins and minerals, protect against heart disease by preventing lipid oxidation, fight against the bad effects of cigarettes, improve vision, aid in digestion, lower blood pressure, help to manage diabetes, prevent against urinary tract infections and gallbladder stones, and even can improve skin tone. With all of these benefits, it seems hard to believe that tomatoes can also be harmful to you. Some individuals are more susceptible to the effects of lycopene though and especially those that have a disease that will be negatively impacted by tomatoes.

Here are the few negative side effects of tomatoes that you should watch out for. Also, if you are one of the people affected by diseases such as hypertension, stomach ailments, bleeding disorders or a few other diseases, it is best to stay away from tomatoes altogether. Continue reading to find out what to watch out for!


1. Acid Reflux/Heartburn

Acid reflux is one of the most common side effects of tomatoes, but it isn’t a serious one usually. Heartburn will go away by itself in time or can be canceled out with certain medications or foods. The heartburn is caused by the citric and malic acid contained in the tomatoes which causes the stomach to produce excessive gastric juices. These will sometimes flow up the esophagus, if there is too much for the stomach to handle, which is what causes the heartburn.

Both raw and cooked tomatoes will cause heartburn if you are susceptible to heart burn, although cooked tomatoes will have less of an impact than raw ones. Tomatoes are best avoided if you have GERD or any kind of serious acid reflux issues.

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