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10 Major Side Effects of Eating Too Many Pears

Pear is a delicious fruit that grows on the tree of the same name and belongs to genus Pyrus of the Rosaceae family. It is native to Western Europe and North America but is now cultivated in many regions of the world. Being a good source of many nutrients like vitamins,minerals,antioxidants,phytonutrients,flavonoids,dietary fibers etc. it provides a number of health benefits and as well as beauty benefits, but it should also be noted that eating too many pears is bad for our health and in this article we will know about the major side effects of eating too many pears. But first, let’s take a look at below mentioned nutrition chart of pears.

 

Nutrition Chart of Pears

Side Effects of Eating Too Many Pears

Side Effects of Eating Too Many Pears
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(1) Eating Pears During During Pregnancy

Regular and moderate consumption of pears is very beneficial for women during pregnancy and breastfeeding stage because of the presence of many nutrients like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients, flavonoids etc. in them. The nutrients present in pears aids in the overall development of the unborn baby and also provides energy to the mother.

The antioxidants like vitamin C present in pears fights with the free radicals of our body, stabilizes them and prevents them from causing oxidative damage to them, and thus provide protection to the mother and the baby.

In addition to this, pears are also a good source of folic acid that reduces the risk of neural tube defects like Spina Bifida etc. This is a great advantage of eating pears during pregnancy but it should also be noted that high level of folic acid is bad for our health and may give rise to rashes, cramps, confusion, nausea, seizures, sleep disorders etc. For this reason, it is advisable to eat pears in moderate quantity and only after consulting with your doctor.

(2) Too Many Pears Are Bad For Digestive Health

Consuming pears on regular basis is very beneficial for our stomach and helps in keeping our digestive system healthy. This benefit of pears is mainly due to the presence of many nutrients like vitamins, minerals etc. in them.

In addition to this, pears are also an excellent source of dietary fibers that acts as a natural laxative to our body, regulates bowel movement and aids in the proper elimination of stools from our body , and thus provides relief from constipation and other digestive problems like irritable bowel syndrome, heartburn, indigestion etc.

Although dietary fibers in pears provide a number of benefits but still it is better to eat pears in moderation. This is because eating too much of fibers is bad for our digestive health as it interferes with the absorption of nutrients in our body, and also have some other side effects like cramping, diarrhea, malabsorption, constipation, intestinal gas, intestinal blockage etc.

(3) Excessive Consumption May Lead To Weight Gain

Regular and moderate consumption of pears is very beneficial for the individuals who are on a weight loss regime because of their low calorific value. Eating 100 grams of pears provides only 57 calories which means one can enjoy the deliciousness of pears without worrying about weight gain.

Although pears are low in calories and aids in weight management but still it is better to eat them in moderation as every calorie count and they can quickly add up and lead to weight gain.

Also, if you are already taking enough calories in your diet, then, in the long run, eating too many calories can interfere with the weight loss program and may lead to weight gain.

(4) Too Much Vitamin C Is Bad For Our Health

Pears are an excellent source of Vitamin C which is an antioxidant that provides a number of benefits, and such benefit is their ability to fights with the free radicals of our body. Free radicals are nothing but the unstabilized ions that gets formed during the oxidation process in our body.

As these are unstabilized ions so they steal electrons from the neighboring molecules and cause oxidative damage to them. The antioxidants like Vitamin C, Vitamin A and other antioxidantal compounds like phytonutrients, flavonoids etc. present in them protects our body from the oxidative damage of the free radicals and thus reduces the risk of various types of cancers like breast cancer, skin cancer, lung cancer, stomach cancer etc.

Although vitamin C provides a number of benefits, but still it is advisable to eat pears in moderation as high levels of vitamin C in our body can give rise to complications like diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, heartburn, abdominal bloating, headache etc.

 (5) May Increase Risk of Cancer(s)

Eating pears on a regular basis is very beneficial for reducing the risk of various types of cancers like colon cancer, stomach cancer, lung cancer, abdominal cancer, breast cancer etc.

This benefit of pears is mainly due to the presence of antioxidants like vitamin C, vitamin A and other antioxidantal compounds like phytonutrients, flavonoids etc. in them. These antioxidants fight with the free radicals of our body, stabilizes them and prevents them from causing oxidative damage to our body cells and thus prevents them from the oxidative damage.

Free radicals are nothing but the unstabilized ions that gets formed during the oxidation process in our body. As these are unstabilized ions so they steal electrons from the neighboring molecules and thus cause oxidative damage to them.

Although the antioxidants present in pears provides a number of benefits and reduces the risk of various types of cancers, but it should be noted that too much of everything is bad and same goes with antioxidants.

High level of antioxidants in our body can, in fact, increase the risk of cancer and may even worsen it. In a 2011 study conducted among 35,500 men, it was found that high dosage of vitamin E increased the risk of prostate cancer by 17 percent. Another similar study conducted in 1996 found that high dosage of beta-carotene increased the risk of lung cancer in male smokers by 18 percent. (source)

(6) May Interfere With Blood Pressure Medication

Eating pears on a regular basis is very beneficial for our heart and helps in keeping our cardiovascular system healthy. This benefit of pears is mainly due to the presence of potassium in it. Potassium is an important mineral that acts as a vasodilator in our body, and relaxes our blood vessels.

By relaxing our blood vessels it ensures smooth flow of blood into blood vessels and arteries, regulates blood pressure and thus provides relief from high blood pressure and as well as various cardiovascular problems like heart attack, heart stroke, irregular heartbeat etc.

This is because high blood pressure is a major cause of various cardiovascular problems.

Even though pears are very effective in regulating our blood pressure level but still it is advisable to eat them in moderation as too much of potassium could decrease our blood pressure level to an extremely low level.

Also, if you are already taking medication for regulating blood pressure level then high consumption of pears could interfere with the medication and may increases the risk of hypotension ( a condition in which blood pressure drops down to a dangerously low level) and is characterized by the symptoms of fatigue,nausea,depression,blurry vision, dizziness etc. (source)

For this reason, it is advisable to eat pears in moderation, and if you are taking medicines for regulating your blood pressure level then you should eat pears only as per the recommendation of the doctor.

(7) Too Much Iron Is Bad For Health

Iron is a vital mineral that plays many important roles in our body, and such role is their ability to help in carrying oxygenated blood to every cell and tissue of our body. Deficiency of iron in our body can give rise to Anemia, which is characterized by the symptoms like fatigue, shortness of breath, pale skin, swelling of the tongue, irregular heart beat etc.

Pears are a great source of iron and eating pears on a regular basis is very beneficial for reducing the risk of Anemia. In addition to this, pears are also a good source of potassium which is a vasodilator that relaxes our blood vessels and thus improves blood circulation.

Although pears are very effective for improving blood circulation but it should also be noted that too much of everything is bad and same goes with iron. High level of iron in our blood stream may give rise to symptoms like chronic fatigue, joint pain, abdominal pain, irregular heart beat, hair loss, depression, high blood sugar etc. (source)

(8) Excessive Vitamin C Is Bad

Regular and moderate consumption of pear is very beneficial for providing relief from the inflammatory diseases like arthritis and gouts. This benefit of pear is mainly because of the presence of antioxidants like vitamin C, and other flavonoids compound present in them.

These antioxidants are anti-inflammatory in nature which means they reduce the inflammation caused by this disease and thus provide relief from pain due to arthritis, gouts etc.

Pears are anti-inflammatory in nature because of the presence of antioxidants like vitamin C, vitamin E and other antioxidantal compounds like phytonutrients, flavonoids etc. present in them.

These antioxidants are very effective in reducing the risk of development of inflammatory diseases like gouts, arthritis etc. and also provide relief from the pain associated with these diseases.

Although vitamin C is very beneficial for us but the high level of vitamin C is bad and may give rise to problems like diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, heartburn, headache, nausea etc. This is another reason for eating pears in moderate quantity. (source)

It should be noted that excessive intake of vitamin C is unlikely to happen in the form of pears but for a safe side, it is better to not to take any risk.

(9) Too Much Vitamin A Is Bad For Our Health

Pears are an excellent source of many nutrients like vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E etc. that provides a number of benefits to our body. Vitamin A is a vital nutrient for our eyes and plays an important role in keeping our vision sharp.

These antioxidants fight with the free radicals of our body, stabilizes them and prevents them from causing oxidative damage to our body cells, and thus reduces the risk of age-related macular degeneration, cataract, glaucoma etc.

However, high level of vitamin A is bad for our health and may give rise to complications like blurry vision, swelling of bones, bone pain, poor appetite, dizziness, nausea and vomiting, rough skin, sensitivity to sunlight etc. ( source)

(10) May Not Be So Safe

Pears are hypoallergenic in nature which means they are considered as safe fruit to be eaten. However, we should remember that too much of everything is bad and same goes with pears. For a safe side, it is advisable to eat pears in moderation so that you can reap all the health benefits of pears without worrying about any of the side effects.

 

Reference(s)

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=28

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pear

http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/pears.html

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