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Do Not Go Bananas! 7 Side Effects of Eating Too Many Bananas

Bananas are not only delicious, but very nutritious also. They are considered a healthy snack and a tasty addition to the cereal bowl, breads, cake, muffin, desserts, smoothie and yogurt. The all-season fruit can provide a person with energy boost, help in slimming down, diminish bloating, protect the heart, prevent kidney stones and relieve unsettled stomach.

Although bananas are healthy and nutritious, it is said that eating too many may cause some health problems. Overeating this fruit can actually negate all the benefits that banana usually offers.

So for all banana lovers, it is time to look at some side effects of eating too many of them. According to the Nutritionist and Health Specialist Shilpa Arora, meals should always be balanced with micro and macro nutrients. Bananas are full with fiber and other nutrients, but too much of anything could be bad.

Some people adopt a diet which includes eating bananas during the day. But eating bananas exclusively means that a person is missing out on important proteins and fats in their diet.

According to a senior dietician Parmeet Kaur, Overconsumption of any food is not healthy for the body. High intake of bananas can lead to many concerns regarding health such as increase in weight, increase in sugar level and even trigger headaches and dizziness.

Bananas contain the amino acid tyrosine, which is converted into tyramine by the body. Tyramine may stimulate migraines, headaches and pain. Banana contains starch in high ratio that can cause tooth decay and more damage to teeth than candies, chocolate and chewing gums.

Bananas are also rich in vitamin B6 and overconsumption may cause nerve damage. People suffering from asthma should avoid banana in their diet as it may lead to inflammation and allergic reaction.

  1. Constipation

Green and undeveloped bananas may cause constipation as they contain high amount of starch, which is hard to digest completely. Bananas are also rich in fiber which absorbs water from the intestines.

  1. Nutrient imbalance

Our body requires a balanced ratio of nutrients in order to function properly. And even if bananas occupy major part of the diet, the stomach should make some room for other nutritious foods. USDA guidelines explain the one should eat two cups of fruit daily.

  1. Excessive fiber may cause digestive problems

Decent quantity of fiber is good for digestion in stomach. But consuming large quantities can cause stomach cramps, bloating, gas etc. Excess of fiber in the body may actually cause interference in the absorption of minerals such as iron and calcium.

  1. Weight gain

Bananas are high in calories. Bananas make good snack but these are high in calories, and eating two or three bananas can probably collect around 300 calories or more. Hence, sticking to only two bananas daily is adequate without eating any other fruit in a day.

  1. Sleepiness

Bananas contain amino acid called tryptophan which is known for assisting in sleeping better. But the carbs in banana tend to block amino acids from getting inside the brain, so there is an incursion of tryptophan which may result to increased production of serotonin hormone and cause sleepiness.

  1. Dental health problems

Banana is a fruit high in sugar. And even though it contains natural sugars, it does cause some harm to the health of the teeth. In fact, tooth decay is one of the most common problems of consuming too much sugar. The acid can eat away the tooth enamel, causing further damage to dental health.

  1. Barely contains fat

Bananas have no fat, which makes it a good fruit for losing weight. However, one needs certain amount of fat in their food. Healthy fat is vital for brain development and overall health. So, make sure to combine it with foods containing healthy fats.

Tom Brendon

Tom Brendon has completed his nutrition undergrad in the UK and received his Master's degree from Canada in health education and specializes in human health and pediatrics. He began his career as a writer for Nutritionline in 2014 and Authority Health in 2016. He has considerable research experience and currently writes nutrition and health articles for general readership. He enjoys outdoor activities, snowboarding and spending quality time with family and friends.

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