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11 Major Side Effects of Eating Too Many Peaches

Peach is a delicious fruit that grows on the deciduous tree belonging to genus prunus. It is native to Northwest China but is now cultivated in many regions of the world. Being a good source of many nutrients like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, flavonoids, dietary fibers, phytonutrients etc. it provides a number of health benefits and as well as beauty benefits. However, there are also some side effects of eating too many peaches. In this article, we will know about the major side effects of eating too many peaches, but first, let’s take a look at below mentioned nutrition chart of peach.

Nutrition Chart of Peach

Side Effects of Eating Too Many Peaches

Side Effects of Eating Too Many Peaches
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(1) Too Many Antioxidants Are Bad

Peaches are rich in antioxidants like Vitamin C, Vitamin A and other antioxidantal compounds like phytonutrients, flavonoids etc.  These antioxidants fight with the free radicals of our body, stabilizes them and thus prevents them from causing oxidative damage to our body cells, and thus reduces the risk of various types of cancers like skin cancer, lung cancer, breast cancer etc.

In addition to this, these antioxidants also play an important role in making our immune system stronger, make our heart stronger and reduce the risk of various cardiovascular problems.

Although antioxidants provide a number of benefits but too much of everything is bad and same goes with antioxidants. High level of antioxidants in our body can increase the risk of various cardiovascular diseases and also increases the risk of hemorrhagic stroke ( source).

In addition to this, high dosage of antioxidants like Vitamin C, Vitamin A can also increase the risk of various types of cancers and may even worsen it. In a study conducted in 2011 ( involving more than 35,500 males), it was found that high dosage of Vitamin E could increase the risk of prostate cancer by 17 percent. Similarly, in the other study conducted in 1996, it was found that high level of Retinol and Beta-carotene ( a form of Vitamin A) could increase the risk of lung cancer by 28 percent.

In general, antioxidants fights with the free radicals of our body stabilizes them and prevents them from causing oxidative damage to our body cells, but at high levels, these antioxidants also provide protection to the cancer cells.

  (2) Too Much Potassium May Cause Hyperkalemia

Eating peaches on a regular basis is very beneficial for the individuals with high blood pressure or hypertension. This benefit of peach is mainly due to the presence of vital minerals like potassium in it.

Potassium is a vasodilator that relaxes our blood vessels, improves blood circulation and thus reduces the risk of high blood pressure.

In addition to this, peaches are also low in sodium and this also helps in controlling blood pressure.

As high blood pressure is a major cause of many cardiovascular problems like heart attack, heart stroke, irregular heartbeat etc. so by regulating blood pressure, it reduces the risk of various cardiovascular problems.

Although potassium is very beneficial for our health and provides a number of benefits, but still it is better to eat peaches in moderation. This is because high level of potassium in our body can drop down the blood pressure to a dangerously low level and give rise to hypotension characterized by the symptoms like fatigue, light-headedness, dizziness, depression, blurry vision etc. (source)

Also, if you are suffering from high blood pressure and already taking medication for the same, then you should eat place only after consultation with your doctor. This is because eating too many peaches could interfere with the functioning of blood pressure medication and may complicate the situation.

High level of potassium in our body can also give rise to hyperkalemia ( a condition caused by the elevated level of potassium in our body and is characterized by the symptoms like fatigue, feeling of numbness, nausea or vomiting, chest pain, difficulty in breathing )(source)

(3) May Increase The Risk of Cancer(s)

Consuming peaches on a regular basis is very effective in reducing the risk of various types of cancers like skin cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer, stomach cancer etc. and also for the individuals who have already developed cancer.

This benefit of peaches is mainly because of the presence of antioxidants like Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin E etc. in them. In addition to these antioxidants, peaches are also rich in other antioxidantal compounds like phytonutrients, flavonoids etc.

These antioxidants and antioxidantal compounds fight with the free radicals of our body stabilizes them and thus prevents them from causing oxidative damage to our body cells. Free radicals are nothing but the unstabilized ions that get 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. By damaging our healthy body cells, they increase the risk of various types of cancers like skin cancers, breast cancer, lung cancer, stomach cancer and so on.

Antioxidants are very useful when it comes to neutralizing these free radicals. In addition to this, antioxidants like vitamin C also reduces the risk of premature aging like fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, dark spots etc.

Although antioxidants are great and provide a number of benefits but still it is better to eat peaches in moderation. This is because the elevated level of antioxidants in our body can even increase the risk of various cancers and may even worsen it.

In a study involving 35,500 men, it was found that large doses of Vitamin E could increase the risk of prostate cancer by 17 percent. In an another study conducted in 1996, high level of Retinol and beta-carotene ( a kind of vitamin A) increases the risk of lung cancer by 18 percent.

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(4) Too Much Hydration Is Bad For Our Skin

Peaches are an excellent source of many nutrients like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, flavonoids etc. and these plays an important role in keeping our skin healthy.

The antioxidants like Vitamin C and Vitamin E etc. present in peaches fights 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 premature aging like fine lines, age spots, dark spots etc.

In addition to this, peaches are also high in water content which plays an important role in keeping our skin hydrated and moisturized, but too much of it is bad for our health and as well as for our skin.

(5) High Level of Vitamin A Is Bad For Health

Our eyes are our window to the world as they allow us to enjoy the beauty of this world. It is, therefore, important for us to make sure that we are taking good care of our health. Eating peaches on a regular basis is very effective for keeping our eyes healthy and vision sharp.

This benefit of peaches is mainly due to the presence of antioxidants like Vitamin A and Vitamin C 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 reduces the risk of problems like age-related macular degeneration, cataract, glaucoma etc.

Similarly, Vitamin A is a vital nutrient for our eyes as it keeps them healthy. Although eating peach is very useful for our eyes but still, it is better to eat them in moderation as overdosage of vitamin A can give rise to complications like bleeding in lungs, blurry vision, bone pain, difficulty in breathing, cracked fingernails, decreased thyroid function etc. (source)

(6) Eating Too Many Peaches And Pregnancy

Peaches are an excellent source of many nutrients like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients, folic acid, flavonoids etc.  The presence of all these nutrients makes peaches an excellent fruit to be eaten during pregnancy.

The Folic acid present in peaches plays an important role in the overall development of newborn babies and also reduces the risk of neural tube defects like Spina Bifida in newborn babies. In addition to this, other nutrients like vitamins, minerals etc. also plays an important role in the overall development of the unborn baby.

Although eating peach during pregnancy is beneficial but still, it is better to eat them in moderation and only after consultation with your doctor. This is because eating too many peaches are bad for our health. High level of folic acid in our body can give rise to complications like cramps, diarrhea, skin rashes, nausea, upset stomach, seizures etc.

(7) Excessive Dietary Fiber Is Bad For Stomach

Eating peaches on a regular basis is very beneficial for our stomach and helps in keeping our digestive system healthy. This benefit of peaches is mainly due to the presence of dietary fibers in them.

The dietary fibers present in peaches acts as a natural laxative to our body. It aids in digestion and ensures smooth elimination of waste from our body and thus provides relief from constipation and also provides relief from other digestive disorders like hemorrhoids, stomach ulcers, gastritis, abdominal pain, bloating, stomach pain, stomach cramps, irritable bowel syndrome etc.

Along with the dietary fibers, peaches are also rich in many other compounds like vitamin C, vitamin B, Vitamin A  etc. that keeps our digestive system healthy. Although peaches are great for our stomach but still it is better to eat them in moderation as too much of dietary fiber is also bad for our health.

Consuming too much fiber can interfere with the absorption of nutrients by our intestines and may also give rise to problems like cramping, diarrhea, malabsorption, constipation, intestinal gas, intestinal blockage etc.  (source)

(8) Magnesium Overdose

Consuming peaches on regular basis is very beneficial for our providing relief from stress and anxiety and also improves the functioning of our nervous system. This benefit is mainly because of the presence of vital nutrients like magnesium, vitamin B6 etc. in them.

In addition to this, the antioxidants like vitamin C and other antioxidantal compounds like flavonoids, phytonutrients etc. present in peach fights with the free radicals of our body, stabilizes them and thus protects our brain from the oxidative damage. By doing so, it minimizes the risk of various neuro-degenerative disorders like amnesia, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s Disease, memory loss etc.

Although Vitamin B6 and magnesium are very effective for keeping our nervous system healthy but their excessive intake is bad. Magnesium overdose can give rise to complications like diarrhea, nausea, fatigue, muscle weakness, irregular heartbeat, low blood pressure, respiratory problems etc. (source)

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(9) May Lead To Weight Gain

Peaches are very beneficial for the individuals who are on a weight loss regime. This is because eating 100 grams of peach provides only 39 calories of energy, which means one can enjoy the benefits of pears without worrying about the weight gain. In addition to this, the dietary fibers also play an important role in the weight management.

The dietary fiber present in peach keeps our stomach satisfied for the longer duration, decreases our urge to eat again and again, and thus controls overeating. About 84 percent of pear’s weight is water which has no calories and thus plays a significant role in the weight management.

Although peach is an excellent fruit for losing weight but still it is better to eat them in moderation as excessive consumption may lead to weight gain as the calories may quickly add up. Also, if you are already taking enough calories then calories gained by eating too many peaches could interfere with your weight management program.

(10) High Level of Phosphorus Risk

Peaches are a good source of minerals like calcium, phosphorus, zinc etc. and the presence of these minerals make them a wonderful fruit for making our bones stronger. The phosphorus present in peach plays an important role in making our bones and teeth stronger and also aids in repairing and maintaining our bodily tissues.

In addition to this, other compounds like zinc etc. also improves our bone strength. Although minerals like calcium and phosphorus are good for our health, but overdosage can be fatal and may give rise to conditions like nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, diarrhea, headache, dizziness, muscle pain, increased thirst etc.

(11) Too Much Iron Is Bad For Our Health

Peaches are a good source of iron which is a vital nutrient that plays many important roles in our body. One such role is its ability to carry oxygenated blood to every cell and tissue of our body.

Deficiency of Iron in our body can give rise to “Anemia”, a condition characterized by the symptoms like fatigue, weakness, dizziness, headache, shortness of breath etc.

Along with the Iron, peaches are also an excellent source of Vitamin C, which is an antioxidant that increases the absorption of iron in our body and thus maintains cellular health.

Although peaches are great for reducing the risk of anemia but it should also be remembered that too much of iron is also bad for our health and may give rise to chronic fatigue, joint pain, abdominal pain, liver disease, irregular heartbeat, heart attack, heart failure etc.

 

Reference(s)

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

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

https://herbpathy.com/Uses-and-Benefits-of-Peach-Cid2803

http://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-160423/peach-flavor-bulk/details

 

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