Custard apple or sugar apple is a delicious fruit of the Annona Squamosa. It is native to the tropical rainforest of Central America but is now grown in many tropical regions of South America, Asia, and Africa. Custard apples are a rich source of nutrients and provide many health and beauty benefits. However, there are also some side effects of eating too many custard apples.
Side Effects of Eating Too Many Custard Apples
Some major side effects of eating too many custard apples are as follows.
(1) May Interfere Weight Management
Overeating custard apples may interfere with weight management because of their high calorific value of 94 calories per 100 grams.
If you are already getting the required calories from your diet, then including too many custard apples in your routine can derail you from your weight-loss program.
For proper weight management, eat custard apples in moderation.
High calories in custard apples promote healthy weight gain, and dietary fibers control overeating.
(2) Too Much Fiber Is Bad For Our Health
Dietary fibers in custard apple improve bowel movement, relieve constipation and gastrointestinal problems like abdominal pain, gas, bloating, and flatulence, etc.
They also provide other benefits like lowering cholesterol levels and regulating blood sugar.
However, too much dietary fiber is bad as it may over-activate bowel movement and cause problems like diarrhea, malabsorption, constipation, intestinal gas, and intestinal blockage, etc.
Eat custard apples in moderation to avoid the risk.
(3) Custard Apple And Anemia
Iron in custard apple increases the production of red blood cells that carry oxygenated blood to cells and minimizes the risk of Iron-induced anemia.
Custard apples may interact with iron supplements prescribed for treating anemia.
If you are on an iron supplement, consult your doctor before including custard apple in your diet.
Ensure that there’s no food-drug intolerance, and listen to your doctor’s advice for serving portions.
Too much iron in the body may cause symptoms like tiredness, weight loss, high blood sugar, and hyperpigmentation to name a few. It may worsen stomach and intestinal ulcers like ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease, thalassemia, etc.
(4) Custard Apple And Hypertension
Potassium in custard apple relaxes blood vessels, improves blood circulation, and relieves hypertension.
Hypertension is a common health problem that causes several cardiovascular, and other health problems.
But, don’t eat too many custard apples as high potassium levels may drop blood pressure below the normal range, and cause dizziness, fainting, dehydration, lack of concentration, blurred vision, nausea, shallow breathing, etc
Custard apples may interact with blood pressure medication.
If you are on blood pressure medication, consult your doctor before adding custard apple to your diet plan.
Ensure there’s no food-drug intolerance risk.
(5) Custard apple and diabetes
With a low glycemic index of 54, custard apples slow down sugar release into the bloodstream.
This prevents a sudden spike in blood sugar levels and helps in managing diabetes.
Dietary fibers in custard apple reduce sugar absorption in the body and regulate blood sugar levels.
Eat custard apple moderation as overeating may drop blood sugar below the normal range, and cause symptoms like excessive sweating, excessive hunger, nausea, vomiting, mental confusion, anxiety, and blurred vision, etc.
Custard apples may interfere with diabetes medication.
If you are on diabetics medication, consult your doctor before eating custard apples.
Ensure that there is no food during intolerance risk.
Stick with the portion size suggested by the doctor, and don’t go overboard.
(6) May Interact With Certain Medications
Custard apples provide many health and beauty benefits, but they may interfere with certain medications and reduce their effectiveness.
Consult with your doctor before adding custard apple If you are on any medication, or if you have undergone surgery or expecting surgery
This article provides general information about the topic and is not be taken as medical advice or as an alternative to medical advice, treatment, and/or diagnosis. Always consult with your doctor before trying out any of the remedies/recipes suggested in the blog post.
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Bharat Sharma is a Delhi-based writer who loves reading and writing research-based topics revolving around health, fitness, and nutrition. His love for writing started during his teenage and continues till date. After his graduation, he worked for GE Money, and IBM, but later found his true love i.e. blogging.