Broccoli is a green vegetable which belongs to the cabbage family and is mainly grown for its flowering head. They are available in many varieties and the most popular ones are Calabrese Broccoli, Sprouting Broccoli, and Purple Broccoli. Being a good source of many nutrients like vitamins and minerals etc. they provide a number of health and beauty benefits. However, too much of everything is bad, and the same goes with Broccoli. In this article, we will know about the major side effects of eating too many Broccolis, but first, let’s take a look at the below-mentioned nutrition chart of broccoli.
Nutrition Chart of Broccoli
Side Effects of Eating Too Many Broccoli
(1) Too Many Antioxidants Are Bad For Our Health
The antioxidants present in broccoli fights with the free radicals of our system stabilizes them and thus prevents them from causing oxidative damage to our cells.
Although antioxidants provide a number of benefits, it is advisable to eat broccoli in moderation. This is because over intake of antioxidants for a long period of time can cause more harm than the good. As per a study published in the Journal of Cancer Institute, it was found that smokers who took large doses of beta-carotene are more likely to develop lung cancer in comparison to those who didn’t. As per another study published by the Office of the Dietary supplements, excess Vitamin E in our system ( above 150 IU per day) can increase the risk of hemorrhagic stroke.
This side effect of antioxidants is because of the fact that in excessive quantity, antioxidants not only target the cancer cells but also the healthy cells around them and thus increase the risk of several types of cancers.
(2) Too Much Dietary Fiber is bad for our stomach
Eating broccoli on a regular basis is very beneficial for our stomach and helps in keeping our digestive system healthy. This benefit of broccoli is mainly due to the presence of dietary fibers in them. The dietary fibers act as a natural laxative, improves bowel movement, and ensures smooth elimination of stool from the system. This provides relief from constipation and also aids in treating various digestive problems like indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome, flatulence, abdominal pain, etc.
Although dietary fibers are good for our stomach, it is advisable to eat broccoli in moderation. This is because too much intake of dietary fibers in our stomach can give rise to problems like malabsorption, intestinal gas, intestinal blockage, constipation, diarrhea, etc. Also, if you are taking a lot of dietary fibers and not drinking plenty of water, then this can give rise to dehydration.
(3) Might Be Allergic To Some Individuals
Broccoli is a good source of many nutrients like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients, etc. that provides a number of health and beauty benefits. However, broccoli might not be suitable food for all of us.
If you are allergic to broccoli then you should avoid consuming broccoli at all cost, as otherwise, it may cause allergic reactions like trouble breathing, wheezing, headaches, nasal congestion, skin rashes, itching, stomach pain, etc.
Also, if you are allergic to cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower, turnip, cabbage, etc., then you are also likely to be allergic to broccoli.
(4) May Increase The Risk of Hypoglycemia
Consuming broccoli on a regular and moderate basis has been found to be very beneficial for diabetic patients or those who are at the risk of developing diabetes. This benefit of broccoli is mainly because of the low glycemic index.
Glycemic index of broccoli is 15 which is considered as low, and this means broccoli reduces the rate at which sugar gets absorbed into the bloodstream, and prevents a sudden spike in the blood sugar level and thus helps in managing diabetes.
In addition to this, they are also a good source of dietary fibers that reduces the rate at which sugar gets absorbed into the bloodstream and helps in regulating blood sugar level.
Although broccoli is good for diabetic patients, it is advisable to eat them in moderation. This is because excessive consumption of broccoli can reduce the blood sugar to a dangerously low level, and this may give rise to hypoglycemia.
Hypoglycemia is a condition in which our blood sugar drops to a very low level, and is characterized by the symptoms like blurry vision, rapid heartbeat, pale skin, fatigue, dizziness, excessive hunger, excessive thirst, etc.
Similarly, if you are a diabetic patient, and already taking medication for the same, then also you should keep a watch on your broccoli consumption as broccoli may interfere with the medication and may worsen the situation.
(5) May Cause Hypotension
Eating broccoli on a regular and moderate basis has been found to be very beneficial for providing relief from hypertension or high blood pressure, which is a leading cause of various cardiovascular problems like heart attack, heart stroke, irregular heartbeat, etc.
This benefit of broccoli is mainly due to the presence of “Potassium” in it. Potassium is a vital mineral that acts as a natural vasodilator, relaxes our blood vessels, and thus helps in regulating blood pressure. The presence of dietary fibers and chromium in broccoli also plays a significant role in providing relief from hypertension.
Although broccoli is good for regulating high blood pressure, it is advisable to eat them in moderation. This is because the high level of potassium in our system can lower our blood pressure to a dangerously low level and may give rise to hypotension. Hypotension or low blood pressure is a condition in which our blood pressure drops to a very low level, and give rise to symptoms like fatigue, lightheadedness, dizziness, nausea, depression, clammy skin, etc.
Also, if you are suffering from high blood pressure, and already taking medication for the same, then also you should eat broccoli in moderation as too much potassium in our system can interfere with the medication.
(6) Eating Broccoli During Pregnancy And Nursing Period
Broccoli is a good source of many nutrients like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients, etc. and is very beneficial for pregnant and nursing women.
The folate in broccoli protects newborn babies from neurological tube defects like spina bifida.
Other nutrients like vitamins and minerals etc. also play a significant role in maintaining a healthy pregnancy.
Although broccoli is good food to be eaten during pregnancy, it is advisable to eat it in moderation. This is because too much broccoli can give rise to problems like abdominal pain, intestinal gas, intestinal blockage, etc.
Nursing mothers too should also keep an eye on broccoli consumption as it may cause stomach discomfort in infants.
The information contained in the post is for general purpose only and shouldn’t be considered as 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, I make no guarantee of the accurateness of the same.
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