Carrots is a root vegetable which is native to Europe and southwestern Asia but is now grown in many parts of the world. It is available in many variants like red carrots, orange carrots, white carrots, purple carrots etc. but the most widely found and used variants are red carrots and orange carrots. Carrots are loaded with nutrients and these nutrients make carrots beneficial for our health and also for our skin and hair. However, eating too many carrots is not good and there are some serious side effects of eating too many carrots . In this article, we will know about the adverse effect of eating excess carrots.
Side Effects of Eating Too Many carrots
(1) Can Cause Carotenemia Or Skin Discoloration
Carrots are very rich in beta-carotene, which is a carotenoid that gets converted into vitamin A in our body. Vitamin A is good for us and keeps our eyes healthy and also protects our eyes from many eye diseases. Eating one cup of chopped raw carrots can provide as much as 430 percent of the recommended daily dosage of vitamin A ( based on a diet of 2000 calories) and drinking eight-ounce glass of carrots juice provides eight times more vitamin A than what is required by our body.
Too much vitamin A is not bad as our body only converts beta carotene as per its need. However, carotene is also known for giving skin its normal, yellow color. Eating too many carrots can add so much carotene level in our body that it will make our skin look abnormally yellow, and somewhat orange in color.
This skin discoloration caused by eating too many carrots is known as carotenemia or carotenoderma, and can be identified by discoloration ( abnormally yellow to orange color) of hands, palms, soles of feet and face. This condition doesn’t cause any harm to our body and can be reversed just by decreasing the level of carotene present in our diet. But, don’t you think it would be much better to eat carrots in moderation from the beginning?
(2) Can Cause Digestive Discomfort Like Gas, Bloating, Stomach Cramp Etc.
Carrots are good for our digestive system because of the presence of dietary fibers in it. Fiber also helps us feel fuller faster and for a long time, and this helps in maintaining a healthy weight. However, eating too many carrots can have an adverse effect on our digestive system and can give rise to stomach problems like gas, bloating, stomach cramps etc. This is because carrots are high in insoluble dietary fibers.
In fact, a single cup of raw carrots contain about 12 grams of carbohydrates, and around one-third of it ( around 4 grams) are fiber. Eating too much fiber can cause intestinal discomfort by hindering the digestion of carbohydrates in our body and when carbohydrates are not digested by our small intestines properly, then they get fermented in our colon and cause the gas problem.
So, if you are eating too many carrots then it’s time to start eating them in moderation to avoid all the digestive discomfort like gas,bloating,stomach cramping, constipation, etc. caused by high fiber content of carrots and drinking plenty of water is very important when you are on high fiber diet ( like carrots) so that fibers get flushed out of our system easily.
(3) Hinders Absorption Of Nutrients And Lack Essential Nutrients
Eating too many carrots can interfere with the absorption of essential nutrients like iron, zinc, magnesium, calcium etc. by our body. This also means that if you are eating too many carrots then there are high chances that you will miss out these vital nutrients and this will give rise to the deficiency. This side effect of eating too many carrots is also because of the high amount of fibers present in it.
Carrots also lack protein and fat, and both these nutrients play a very important role in keeping us healthy as our body is dependent on proteins for the generation and regeneration of body cells, for tissue repair, for maintaining muscle mass and for making our immune system stronger. On the other hand, fat is required for normal growth and development, to cushion our organs, as a source of energy and also for absorption of certain minerals.
If you are eating too many carrots then it means you will not get enough fat and protein ( or better say no fat and protein ) and you will also miss other essential nutrients like zinc, iron, magnesium etc. present in our body ( because fiber will hinder the absorption of these nutrients).
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(4) High In Pesticides
As per some studies, carrots are very much exposed to pesticides. United States Department of Agriculture’s Pesticide Data Program has identified that carrots contain around 26 pesticides. Eight of these pesticides are known to increase the risk of development of cancer, 16 pesticides interfere with the hormonal system of our body, three pesticides could cause nervous system problems and seven pesticides are identified for causing development or reproductive problems.
Because of all the risks associated with pesticides and presence of these pesticides in carrots, it is important for us to make sure that we eat carrots only in moderation. It is also important to note that you wash your carrots ( this applies to all fruits and veggies ) thoroughly with fresh water before consuming it, and, if possible, try to get organic carrots ( or grow your own carrots ).
(5) Unsafe For Infants
As per some studies, carrots are not so healthy for small children and there is also a high risk of choking while consuming carrots. It is, therefore, important to make sure that young babies are fed only small portions of carrots and that too in well-shaped slices.
(6) Can Lead To Allergic Reactions
Some people are allergic to carrots and they should be very cautious while eating carrots as hypersensitivity of carrots can cause common side effects like skin rashes, diarrhea, anaphylactic reactions, hives and swelling.
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(7) High In Sugar Content
If you are suffering from diabetes then it will be best for you to avoid eating raw carrots and consume steamed carrots in small amounts. This is because raw carrots are high in sugar with a glycemic index of 97. The sugar present in carrots easily gets converted into glucose and increase the blood sugar level of our body.
(8) Can Cause Withdrawal Effects
Carrots are good for our health but it is important to eat carrots in moderation as eating too many carrots can have many harmful effects on our health ( as discussed in this post) and one of this harmful effect is “Withdrawal effect”.
Some people develop a habit of compulsively eating carrots every day and carve for carrots all the time. Because of this carving, they find it difficult to quit eating carrots and experience symptoms like insomnia, nervousness, irritability and water brash as withdrawal symptoms.
(9) Not Recommended For Breastfeeding Women
Eating too many carrots or drinking excess of carrot juice can change the flavor of breast milk. Because of this reason, breastfeeding women are advised to eat carrots in a very limited quantity ( after consultation with doctor )
(10) Can Interact With Certain Existing Diseases
People suffering from health problems like diabetes, bowel problems, low sugar level, hormone problems etc. should first consult with their doctor before adding carrots to their diet. This is because carrots are known for interacting with these diseases and triggers symptoms, and make them worse.
The information contained in the post is for general purpose only and shouldn’t be considered as a medical advice or as an alternative to medical advice. Although I’ve tried my best to keep the information contained in this post as accurate and updated as possible, but I make no guarantee of the accurateness of the same.
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