Grapes are little packets of sweetness found in bunches. These bite sized fruits are possibly the healthiest snacks you will ever find. A favorite among people of all age groups, grapes are especially popular among young children.
Apart from eating them raw, grapes are also used in various desserts, whole or dried in the form of raisins and sultanas. Grapes are healthy in general and can give us many benefits. But, there is a darker side to grapes as well!
Eating grapes in moderation may not be a problem (unless you are allergic), but if you consume a lot of it daily, it can give rise to certain side effects.
Top 6 Side Effects Of Grapes:
Here are some of the major side effects of eating grapes:
Grape allergy is more common that you think. Even touching grapes can trigger allergic reactions in some people. Allergy symptoms include hives, red patches, wheezing difficulty in breathing, and sneezing. In severe cases, shortly after eating grapes, the allergic person goes into anaphylactic shock. However, even if you have an allergic reaction, it does not imply that you are allergic to grapes. The reaction could be due to pesticides sprayed on grapes or mold that grows on grapes. To be sure, get an allergen test.
2. Weight Gain:
Grapes are low on calories. One cup of grapes has only about 100 calories. However, grapes are small and bite sized fruits. So, it is easy to lose track of how many you have eaten. This leads to doubling of the 100 calories or even tripling. If you consume grapes like this on a regular basis, the excess calories turn into extra kilos. If you want to eat grapes as snacks, then pluck out a limited number in a bowl and eat from that instead of sitting down with the whole bunch.
3. Carbohydrate Overload:
Carbohydrates turn into glucose in our body. Carbohydrate is a necessity in our daily diet. Your daily intake of carbohydrates should contribute 45 to 60% of all the calories you consume. Eating too many grapes can add extra carbohydrate to your diet. So, the grapes can indeed cause carbohydrate overload.
Eating large quantities of grapes, dried or as raisins and sultanas, can lead to indigestion. In some cases, it can even cause diarrhea. Those who have fructose intolerance can also experience abdominal pain along with indigestion. People with fructose intolerance should avoid eating grapes as it may even harm the liver and kidney function. A milder condition is fructose malabsorption, which exhibits the same symptoms but with less intensity.
As the body digests grapes, a lot of fructose is released. The digestive tract breaks down the fructose, but a part of it remains undigested and passes to the gut. The bacteria in the colon start feeding on these undigested sugars and release gas. This leads to bloating as well as flatulence.
If you do not eat a lot of fiber on a regular basis, you can feel nauseous on eating too many grapes. This is because it becomes difficult for the digestive system to digest all that fiber from the grapes. And it ends up creating discomfort in the stomach. This can lead to nausea and vomiting. Some preservatives in grapes can also trigger such a reaction.
Yes, grapes do cause side effects, but eaten in moderation, it promotes good health and general well being. Be sure to buy fresh grapes and refrigerate them. Grapes may be eaten as it is, or added to custard to make it all the more appealing to your taste buds. Remember, too much of good can turn bad!
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