Quenepas is a delicious fruit that is grown on the fruit-bearing tree of the same name. It is known by various names like Spanish lime, genip, guinep, genipe, genipa, kinnip, etc. It belongs to soapberry tree “Sapindaceae” and is native to new world tropics including South and Central America, and also some parts of the Caribbean. Quenepa is a wonder fruit that provides a number of health and beauty benefits because of the presence of various nutrients like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients, etc. in them. Although quenepas provide a number of health and beauty benefits, it is advisable to consume them in moderation. This is because too much of everything is bad and the same goes for quenepas. Consuming quenepas in excessive quantity can cause various side effects, and in this article, we will know about the major side effects of eating too many quenepas in detail.
Side Effects of Eating Too Many Quenepas
(1) Too Much Dietary Fiber Is Bad For Stomach
Eating quenepas on a regular and moderate basis has been found to be very beneficial for our stomach and helps in keeping our digestive system healthy.
This benefit of quenepas is mainly because of the dietary fibers present in them. The dietary fibers in the quenepas act as a natural laxative improve bowel movement and ensure smooth elimination of stool from our system. This not only provides relief from constipation but also reduces the risk of various gastrointestinal problems like abdominal pain, irritable bowel syndrome, gas, bloating, flatulence, etc.
Although dietary fibers are very beneficial for our digestive health and provide a number of benefits, it is advisable to consume them in moderation. This is because too many dietary fibers are bad for our digestive health and may give rise to problems like poor absorption of nutrients or malabsorption, intestinal gas, intestinal blockage, abdominal pain, etc.
In addition to this, dietary fibers are also known to absorb excess water from our system. In the normal scenario, it is not harmful but higher consumption of dietary fibers without drinking plenty of water can cause dehydration. Deficiency of water in our system can give rise to problems like hard stool bad breath, increased risk of constipation, abdominal pain, etc.
(2) May Develop Allergic Reactions In Some Individuals
Quenepas is an excellent source of many nutrients like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, dietary fibers, phytonutrients, etc. and the presence of these compounds make them very beneficial for us. Consuming quenepas on a regular and moderate basis provides a number of health benefits, and as well as beauty benefits for our hair and skin.
However, not everyone can enjoy these benefits.
This is because quenepas might be allergic to some individuals and these individuals should avoid consuming quenepas.
(3) Too Many Antioxidants Are Bad For Our Health
Quenepas is an excellent source of antioxidants like vitamin C, Vitamin A, and other antioxidantal compounds like phytonutrients, polyphenols, etc. These antioxidants provide a number of health and beauty benefits.
The antioxidants present in the quenepas fights with the free radicals of our body, stabilizes them and thus prevents them from causing oxidative damage to our cells, and thus reduces the risk of various types of cancers like colon cancer, skin cancer, stomach cancer and so on.
It also aids in the detoxification process and thus helps in keeping our vital organs like liver and kidneys healthy.
Antioxidants are good for our skin too and help in keeping various signs of premature aging like fine lines, age spots, dark spots, skin blemishes, etc. at bay.
In addition to this, antioxidants provide a number of other benefits like improves cognitive functions, strengthens immunity, manages cholesterol level, improves cardiovascular health and so on.
Although antioxidants provide a number of benefits, it is advisable to consume quenepas in moderation.
This is because a high level of antioxidants in our system can do more harm than the good.
As per a study published in The Journal of Cancer Institute, it was found that smokers who took beta-carotene supplements in excess were more likely to develop lung cancer in comparison to those who didn’t.
Another study conducted by the Office of the Dietary supplements found that a high level of Vitamin E in our system increases the risk of hemorrhagic stroke.
This negative effect of antioxidants is because of the fact that in excessive quantity, antioxidants not only target the cancer cells, but also start targeting the healthy cells, and thus increasing the risk of various cancers.
(4) May Increase The Risk of Hypoglycemia
Quenepas has been found to be very beneficial for diabetic patients and for those who are at the risk of diabetes. Although they have sugar in them, the sugar present in the quenepas is in the form of fructose which is not as bad as the other sugars. Fructose gets digested by our body in a different manner ( in comparison to glucose) and doesn’t cause a sudden spike in the blood sugar level. It gets digested without the involvement of insulin and hence aids in managing diabetes.
The dietary fibers present in the quenepas also plays a significant level in regulating blood sugar level as it slows down the rate at which sugar gets absorbed into the bloodstream.
Although quenepas are very effective in terms of blood sugar regulation, it is advisable to eat them in moderation. This is because excessive consumption of quenepas may reduce the blood sugar to a very low level giving rise to hypoglycemia.
Hypoglycemia is a condition in which our blood sugar drops down to a very low level, and is characterized by the symptoms like confusion, dizziness, shakiness, headache, excessive hunger, excessive sweating, nausea, vomiting, rapid heartbeat, fatigue, etc.
In addition to this, if you are a diabetic patient and already taking medication for the same then consuming too many quenepas may interfere with the diabetics medication and may worsen the situation.
(5) May Cause Hypotension
Hypertension or high blood pressure is a major health problem that affects millions of people around the world and is also a leading cause of various cardiovascular problems like heart attack, heart stroke, irregular heartbeat and so on.
It has been found that regular and moderate consumption of quenepas is very beneficial in regulating blood pressure and thus helps in providing relief from high blood pressure or hypertension.
This benefit of quenepas is mainly because of the presence of antioxidants like Vitamin C and other antioxidantal compounds in them.
These antioxidants fight with the free radicals in our body stabilizes them and thus prevents them from causing oxidative damage to our cells and tissues, including those of blood vessels. This keeps our blood vessels healthy and thus strengthens our cardiovascular health.
In addition to this, the dietary fibers present in the quenepas helps in managing cholesterol level in our system, and thus provides relief from high blood pressure.
Although quenepas are beneficial for regulating high blood pressure, it is advisable to consume them in moderation as excessive consumption of quenepas may lower our blood pressure to a very low level giving rise to hypotension.
Hypotension is a condition in which our blood pressure drops down to an abnormally low level and is characterized by the symptoms such as fatigue, dizziness, nausea, clammy skin, depression, blurry vision, etc.
Additionally, if you are suffering from high blood pressure and already taking medication for the same then it is advisable to eat quenepas in moderation and only after having a word with your doctor, as high intake of quenepas may interact with the medication and may worsen the situation.
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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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.