Apple—the name itself reminds us of the old proverb – “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” This yummy fruit is relished all over the world for its amazing taste and health benefits. Apple is not just consumed raw, but also finds a place in a wide variety of recipes, both sweet and savory. Do not forget the delicious apple pie!
10 Side-Effects Of Consuming Apple:
But do you know that even this ‘miracle’ fruit can cause side effects when consumed in excess? We all are aware of the health benefits of apple. So let us focus on the other side of the coin—the top 10 side effects of apples!
1. Increase In Blood Sugar Level:
Apple is a rich source of healthy carbohydrates, fiber and other nutrients. These carbohydrates are used by the body for fuel. However, excessive consumption of apples prevents the body from burning the fat. Too much carbohydrate can also prevent weight loss. A medium sized apple contains 25 carbohydrates and out of that just 5 grams are fiber. This will also lead to a rise in blood sugar levels, though the carbohydrate contained in apple does not lead to a rapid rise in blood sugar levels, giving you ample warning time.
2. Weight Gain:
Apples are considered as healthy fruits, but at the same time they also contain calories and sugar. A medium-sized apple contains about 90 to 95 calories. So, if you consume 5 medium apples in a day, it will amount to consuming 3500 calories in a week, which makes up one pound of body weight! It is not a good option for those, who follow a low-carb diet and hoping to lose weight through ketosis. By consuming 5 apples per day, you can gain nearly 52 pounds in a year!
3. Heart Disease:
Like many other fruits, apples have a high content of fructose. This fructose is often used to make high-fructose corn syrup. Unlike glucose, which is absorbed into all body cells for energy, fructose is only used in the liver. When in the liver, it produces fats called triglycerides, which can lead to heart diseases. Excess consumption of apples can also lead to excess fructose in the body, which can cause several health problems like diabetes and obesity.
4. Harmful Effects Of Apple Seeds:
Apples have several health benefits as long as the seeds are discarded. Apple seeds are poisonous by nature as they contain cyanide. Regular consumption of apple seeds can lead to the release of cyanide in the stomach during digestion. Consumption of one cup of apple seeds can even lead to death!
5. Allergic Reaction:
Consumption of apples may cause an allergic reaction in some people. If you are allergic to plum, peach, apricot, almond and strawberry, you are most likely to be allergic to apples as well. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consuming apples if you already suffer from an allergy.
6. Side Effects Of Apple Juice:
Apple juice is generally considered a healthy drink, but it too has its own set of side effects when consumed in excess. Excessive consumption of apple juice can lead to diarrhea. Besides, people following an apple juice diet often suffer from headaches, dizziness and tiredness. Artificially sweetened apple juice contains a chemical called sorbitol, which can lead to the formation of calcium oxalate stones in the body.
7. Weakens Tooth Enamel:
Apple cider vinegar is a natural supplement and is believed to have many potential health benefits. However, excessive doses of apple cider vinegar can cause several side effects. Being acidic in nature, this vinegar may weaken the tooth enamel when consumed in undiluted form. It is advisable to dilute it in water or drink it through a straw to avoid contact with the teeth. Rinse your mouth with fresh water to remove any traces of acid from the teeth once you are done drinking apple cider vinegar.
8. Weakens Bones:
Overdose of apple cider vinegar can lead to low potassium levels in the blood and low bone density. People suffering from osteoporosis or taking potassium boosting medications should avoid consuming apple cider vinegar or consume it in low doses.
9. Damages Skin:
High doses of apple cider vinegar can damage your skin and throat. As mentioned before, it should always be diluted with water before drinking or applying to the skin to avoid any damage.
10. Other Side Effects:
Apple cider can also aggravate symptoms like swelling, hives and breathing difficulty as well as indigestion and heartburn.
Don’t let these side effects scare you off apples! These red colored fruits should definitely be a part of your daily diet. The only thing you need to be careful about is the amount of apples you are eating. The saying is ‘an apple a day’ not ‘5 apples a day’!
Do you like apples? How many can you eat in a day? Have you ever noticed any side effects? Share with us in the comments section below!