10 Side Effects Of Eating Too Many Carrots

Carrot is a root vegetable of the biennial plant in the umbellifer family, Apiaceae. Red carrots and orange carrots are two popular varieties of carrots, but other varieties such as white carrots and purple carrots are also available. They are native to Europe and Southwestern Asia but are now grown in many parts of the world. They are loaded with essential nutrients and provide many health and beauty benefits. However, there are also some side effects of eating too many carrots.

Side Effects of Eating Too Many carrots

Following are the major side effects of eating too many carrots.

(1) May Cause Carotenemia

Beta-carotene (carotenoid) in carrots protects the eyes from free radical damage and reduces the risk of age-related macular degeneration. Our liver converts beta-carotene to vitamin A, an essential nutrient for the eyes as it improves vision, prevents dryness of the eyes, and reduces the risk of night blindness.

However, eating too many carrots increases the beta-carotene level in our bodies, and may cause carotenemia. 

Carotenemia is a harmless condition that causes yellow-orange discoloration of the skin, eyes white, soles, and palms. It is often confused with jaundice.

It is a temporary condition that subsides once the beta-carotene foods like papaya, carrots, and sweet potatoes, etc,  are stopped and regulated.

(2) May Cause Digestive Problems

Carrots improve our digestive health as vitamin A and other antioxidantal compounds in carrots protect our digestive system from free radical damage. It reduces the risk of colorectal cancer, abdominal cancer, intestinal cancer, and pancreatic cancer, etc.

Dietary fibers in carrots are natural laxatives that relieve constipation and other digestive problems like abdominal pain, gas, bloating, and flatulence, etc.

Avoid eating too many carrots as high fiber content may disturb bowel movement, and cause diarrhea, abdominal pain, bloating, intestinal gas, and intestinal blockage, etc.

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(3) May Cause Malabsorption

Eating carrots provide several micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) and macronutrients (carbohydrates and protein) to keep us healthy.

However, overeating carrots is bad as too much fiber reduces our body’s ability to absorb these nutrients from the food. 

It leads to malabsorption and increases the risk of nutritional deficiency.

Side Effects of Eating Too Many carrots

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(4) Carrots And High Blood Pressure

One cup of grated carrots contains 352 mg of potassium.

Potassium relaxes our blood vessels, improves blood circulation, and regulates hypertension or high blood pressure.

Eat carrots in moderation as otherwise, a high level of potassium in the body may drop blood pressure below the recommended level, and cause symptoms such as dizziness, fainting, nausea, dehydration, lack of concentration, blurred vision, and pale skin, etc.

If you are on blood pressure medication, consult with your doctor before adding carrots to your diet to reduce food-drug intolerance risk.

(5) May Contain High Level of Pesticides

Before eating carrots thoroughly wash them under running water as their skin is often highly exposed to pesticides.

As per the United States Department of Agriculture’s Pesticide Data Program, carrots may be exposed to about 26 pesticides that may harm our health in different ways.

These pesticides may increase the risk of cancer, hormonal imbalance, cognitive problems, and reproductive problems.

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(6) Unsafe For Infants

The digestive system of infants ( 0 to 6 months) is not mature enough to digest solid foods like carrots.

Dietary fibers in carrots may cause abdominal pain and stomach discomfort in infants below 6 months of age.

However, once the baby starts eating solid food ( usually after 6 months of age), carrots can slowly be introduced to the baby’s diet as carrot puree and mashed carrots.

Avoid carrot slices as the babies may choke on them.

(7) Can Lead To Allergic Reactions

Carrots are mostly safe.

However, avoid carrots if you are allergic to them as they may cause skin rashes, diarrhea, anaphylactic reactions, hives, and swelling.

(8) Can Cause Withdrawal Effects

Don’t eat too many carrots as beta-carotene in them is an addictive substance that may cause carrots addiction.

Once you get addicted, quitting becomes difficult as it may cause withdrawal symptoms like insomnia, nervousness, irritability, and water brash.

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(9) Not Recommended For Nursing Women

The food eaten by nursing mothers affects the flavor of breast milk.

Nursing mothers can eat carrots moderately, and it may increase the baby’s acceptance of the carrots.

However, too many carrots may make breast milk unpleasant.

(10) Interaction With Medications

Carrots are a rich source of essential nutrients, antioxidants, and dietary fibers, etc, and provide many health and beauty benefits.

However, Carrots might interfere with medications and change their effectiveness.

if you are on any medication, you should first consult with your doctor before including carrots in your diet to eliminate food-drug intolerance risk.

Disclaimer

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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