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7 Major Side Effects of Eating Too Many Cauliflowers


Cauliflower is an edible root vegetable that belongs to the genus Brassica of the Brassicaceae family. It is used as a vegetable and as well as a salad. Being a good source of many nutrients like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients, flavonoids, phytonutrients etc. it provides a number of health benefits and beauty benefits. However, it should be remembered that too much of everything is bad, and same goes with cauliflower. In this article, we will know about the major side effects of eating too many cauliflowers, but first, let’s take a look at below mentioned nutrition chart of cauliflower.

Nutrition Chart of Cauliflower

Nutrition Chart of Cauliflower
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Side Effects of Eating Too Many Cauliflowers

Side Effects of Eating Too Many Cauliflowers
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(1) Not So Good For Our Digestive System

Consuming cauliflowers on a regular and moderate basis has been found to be very beneficial for our stomach and helps in keeping our digestive system.

This benefit is mainly because of the presence of dietary fibers in them.

The dietary fibers present in the cauliflower acts as a natural laxative, improves bowel movement and ensures smooth elimination of waste from our system, and thus provide relief from constipation.

It is effective not only in treating constipation but also for providing relief from other digestive problems like abdominal pain, bloating, flatulence, indigestion etc.

Although cauliflowers are good for cauliflower for our stomach but still, it is better to eat them in moderation.

This is because the excess of dietary fibers is bad for our digestive health and may give rise to problems like indigestion, intestinal gas, intestinal bloating, irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhea, malabsorption etc.

Other than this, sulfur compounds present in the cauliflowers can also trigger stomach discomfort and associated problem, when consumed in excess.

(2) May Not Be So Good For Pregnant Women

Cauliflowers are a good source of many nutrients like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, folate, phytonutrients etc. that provides a number of benefits, and these benefits make them very beneficial to be eaten during pregnancy.

The antioxidants present in the cauliflower protects the uterus lining from the oxidative damage caused by the free radicals.

The Folate or the folic acid present in the cauliflower helps in the overall development of the baby, and also provide protection against neural tube defects and Spina Bifida etc.

Other nutrients present in the cauliflowers also helps in maintaining a healthy.

However, while consuming cauliflowers during pregnancy, it should be remembered that there is not much known about the side effects of cauliflowers during pregnancy, and for this reason, it is better to consume cauliflowers in moderate quantity, and as per the doctor’s advice.

And, if you are on any kind of medication or suffer from digestive problems, then it is better to limit cauliflowers.

(3) May Cause Hypoglycemia 

Eating cauliflowers on a regular basis has been found to be very beneficial for the diabetic patients or who are at the risk of developing diabetes.

This benefit of cauliflower is mainly because of their low glycemic index.

Glycemic index of cauliflower is less than 15, which is considered as low.

Low glycemic index means cauliflower releases sugar into the bloodstream at a slow rate and thus helps in managing diabetes.

In addition to this, the dietary fibers present in the cauliflower also plays a significant role in regulating blood sugar level, as it reduces the rate at which sugar gets absorbed into the bloodstream.

Despite having these benefits, it is better to enjoy cauliflower in a limited manner.

This is because eating too many cauliflowers can lower our blood sugar to an abnormally low level, and this may give rise to hypoglycemia.

Hypoglycemia is a condition in which our blood sugar drops down to an abnormally low level, and give rise to conditions like excess sweating, excessive hunger, fainting, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, anxiety, blurred vision, palpitations etc.

Also, if you are diabetic patient and already taking medication for the same, then you should eat cauliflowers in a limited manner and better as per the recommendation of a doctor.

This is because cauliflowers can interfere with the diabetic medication and may lower our blood sugar to an abnormally low level.

Also Read: 14 Amazing Health Benefits of Cauliflowers

(4) May Cause Hypotension

High blood pressure or hypertension is a major health problem that affects millions of people all over the world and is also a leading cause of various cardiovascular problems.

Regular and moderate intake of cauliflower has been found to be very beneficial for providing relief from high blood pressure or hypertension.

This benefit of cauliflower is mainly because of the presence of “Potassium” in it.

Potassium is a vital mineral that acts as a vasodilator, relaxes our blood vessels, and thus helps in Providing relief from high blood pressure or hypertension.

Although cauliflower is very effective in controlling blood pressure, still, it is better to enjoy cauliflowers in moderate quantity.

This is because the high level of potassium in our body can lower the blood pressure to a dangerously low level, giving rise to hypotension.

Hypotension is a condition in which our blood pressure drops down to a dangerously low level, giving rise to symptoms like fatigue, lightheadedness, dizziness, nausea, clammy skin, depression, blurry vision etc.

Also, if you are already taking medication for controlling hypertension, then you should eat cauliflower only after having word with your doctor.

This is because cauliflower can interfere with the blood pressure medication and may drop our blood pressure level.

(5) Too Many Antioxidants Are Bad 

Cauliflower is a good source of antioxidants like Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K and other antioxidantal compounds like phytochemicals, phytonutrients etc.

These antioxidants and the relevant compounds present in the cauliflower fights with the free radicals of our body, stabilize them and thus prevents them from causing oxidative damage to our cells.

By protecting our cells from the oxidative damage, antioxidants provides a number of benefits like reduces the risk of various cancers, keeps premature aging at bay, strengthens our immune system etc.

However, it should also be remembered that excessive intake of antioxidants is also bad for our health.

As per a study conducted in 1996 by the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, it was found that smokers who took beta-carotene supplements were more likely to develop lung cancer in comparison to the smokers who didn’t take beta-carotene supplements.

Similarly, Overdose of vitamin E can increase the risk of hemorrhagic stroke.

The reason for this behavior of antioxidants lies in their ability to protects cells from the damage.  At regular level, they protect our healthy cells from the oxidative damage caused by the free radicals ( and thus reduces the risk of cancers), but when in excess, they even start protecting cancerous cells and even help them in growing.

(6) May Cause Allergic Reactions In Some Individuals

Cauliflowers are a good source of many nutrients like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients etc. and the presence of these compounds provides a number of benefits.

Some of the major health benefits provided by cauliflowers are – helps in weight loss, maintains cardiovascular health, keeps our digestive system healthy,  lowers blood pressure, aids in removing toxins and other impurities from our system, and so on.

All these benefits provided by cauliflowers can be enjoyed by eating them in moderation.

However, if you are allergic to cauliflowers, then you should stay away from them and should not at all include them to your diet.

In some individuals, cauliflowers may trigger allergic reactions like severe itching, swelling of hands and face, difficulty in breathing etc.

Also Read:  8 Wonderful Beauty Benefits of Cauliflower For Skin And Hair

(7) May Increase The Risk of Kidney Stones

Eating cauliflowers on a regular and moderate basis has been found to be very beneficial for removing toxins and other impurities from our system, and this also helps in keeping our kidneys healthy.

This toxin-removal benefit of cauliflower is mainly because of the presence of dietary fibers and abundance of water in it.

The dietary fibers present in the cauliflower acts as a natural laxative, improves bowel movement, and thus ensures smooth elimination of waste from our body.

In addition to this, the abundance of water in cauliflowers also plays a significant role in the toxins removal.

When the toxins are removed from our system, it benefits our kidneys as the burden on kidneys to remove waste and toxins decreases, and this helps in keeping our kidneys healthy.

However, it should also be remembered that cauliflowers are a good source of purines, and their overconsumption is bad for our kidneys.

This is because, purines break down in the body to form uric acid, which triggers gout attack in some individuals, and may even give rise to kidney stones.

This is another reason to eat cauliflowers in limited quantity.

Reference(s)

http://www.livestrong.com/article/423748-side-effects-of-cauliflower/

http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-1478-cauliflower.aspx?activeingredientid=1478&activeingredientname=cauliflower

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

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

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