Papaya or pawpaw, with its beautiful sunlit colors and delightful flavor, is a fruit that is enjoyed the world over. This tropical fruit, which makes for an ideal anytime snack, is packed with health inducing antioxidants, dietary fiber, minerals, vitamins and essential nutrients.
However, despite its rich cache of nutrients, consuming excessive amounts of this fruit can cause serious health complications like respiratory distress, miscarriage and even kidney stones. To know more about the dangerous side effects of papaya, read on.
What Are The Most Dangerous Side Effects Of Consuming Too Many Papayas?
1. Causes Respiratory Distress
Papain is a potent digestive enzyme that is found in this fruit. Papain, a cysteine protease, also acts as a strong allergen. Consuming vast quantities of papain rich papayas can cause mild to moderate respiratory distress. Symptoms of papain allergy include nasal congestion, wheezing and in rare cases severe difficulty in breathing.
2. May Cause Miscarriage
Eating vast quantities of this fruit especially the unripe ones can cause miscarriage. The abortion inducing property of this fruit can be attributed to its high vitamin C content (60.9mg per 100g). Additionally, the proteolytic enzyme papain which is present in this fruit can cause uterine contraction and even spontaneous abortion.
3. Painful Kidney Stones
This luscious fruit is an excellent source of vitamin C. A single serving of this fruit provides almost 144 percent of the daily recommended value of vitamin C. According to recently conducted clinical research excessive inatke of vitamin C rich foods can significantly raise the risk of kidney stones (especially among men).
4. Gastrointestinal Disturbances
Excessive intake of this fruit has can cause mild to moderate gastrointestinal disturbances. This tasty fruit is an excellent source of dietary fiber. A one hundred gram serving of this fruit yields almost 1.7 gms of dietary fiber. Consuming fiber rich food can cause dysentery. It can also aggravate gastrointestinal conditions like Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS. Furthermore, consuming too much of this fruit has also been linked to gas formation and nausea.
5. May Trigger Migraine Headaches
Like citrus fruits, papayas (especially the over ripe ones) contain moderate amounts of tyramine. Tyramine is a naturally occurring monoamine compound which is present in a wide variety of foods. A vaso- active amino acid can trigger migraine headaches by prompting a sudden immune system response.
6. Raises Blood Sugar Levels
Despite being sweet, this fruit has lower sugar content. However, consuming vast amounts of this fruit can cause a significant spike in blood sugar levels. For this reason, diabetics should be extremely careful not to consume more that a single serving of this fruit at any given time.