Wood apple or bael is an edible fruit mainly found in the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia. It belongs to the genus Aegle of the Rutaceae family and has a thick rind that doesn’t split upon ripening. Wood apples provide many health and beauty benefits as they are loaded with essential nutrients like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and dietary fibers, etc. Despite the amazing benefits, eat wood apples in moderation as there are some side effects of eating too many wood apples.
Side Effects of Eating Too Many Wood Apples
Following are the major side effects of eating too many wood apples.
(1) Too Much Dietary Fiber Is Bad For Stomach
Dietary fibers in wood apple act as a natural laxative that improves bowel movement, provide relief from constipation and other gastrointestinal issues like abdominal pain, stomach discomfort, gas, bloating, and flatulence, etc.
But, in excessive quantity, dietary fiber may over-stimulate bowel movement and give rise to diarrhea, malabsorption, indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome, intestinal gas, and intestinal bloating, etc.
Eat wood apples in moderation to avoid the risk.
If you are already enjoying a high-fiber diet, be cautious of adding more fiber-rich food to your diet.
(2) Too Many Antioxidants Are Bad For Health
Wood apple protects against several cancers as vitamin C and other antioxidant compounds protect our cells from free radical damage.
Free radicals are the unstabilized ions that stabilize by stealing electrons from the neighboring molecule, and doing so causes oxidative damage to them.
Antioxidants are good at moderate levels, but in higher doses, they may react with the healthy cells in our body, and increase cancer risk.
As per a study by National Cancer Institute, smokers who took beta-carotene supplements were at higher risk of developing lung cancer in comparison to those who didn’t.
To stay safe, eat wood apples in moderation.
If you take an antioxidant supplement, consult your doctor to ensure wood apples don’t interact with the supplement.
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(3) Might Be Allergic To Some Individuals
In some people, wood apples may cause allergic reactions like stomach aches, swollen lips, skin rashes, itching, itchiness in the throat, etc.
Avoid wood apples if you are allergic to them.
(4) Eating Wood Apple During Pregnancy And Nursing Stage
Vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and dietary fibers, etc. in the wood apple plays an important role in maintaining a healthy pregnancy.
Vitamin C and other antioxidant compounds in wood apple protect the fetus from free radical damage.
They also contain folic acid that helps with the brain development of the fetus and reduces the risk of neural tube defects like spina bifida.
Because of its low glycemic index, it regulates blood sugar levels and helps in managing gestational diabetes.
Wood apple relieve morning sickness, a common discomfort experienced during pregnancy.
Dietary fibers in wood apple relieve constipation and improve digestive health.
However, in excessive quantities, dietary fibers may cause diarrhea and other problems like intestinal gas, intestinal blockage, and poor absorption of nutrients, etc.
To avoid complications, eat wood apples in moderation and consult your doctor before adding them to your pregnancy or nursing routine.
Ensure that there is no food-drug intolerance or complication involved.
(5) Wood Apple And Diabetes
Because of its low glycemic index, wood apples slow down the release of sugar into the bloodstream. It prevents a sudden spike in blood sugar levels and helps in managing diabetes.
Dietary fibers in wood apple reduce the rate at which sugar is absorbed by the bloodstream, and helps in managing diabetes.
However, don’t consume too many wood apples as they may drop blood sugar levels below the normal level and cause excessive hunger, excessive sweating, confusion, irritability, or moodiness, etc.
Eat wood apples moderately, and if you take diabetic medication, consult your doctor before making wood apples a part of your diet to ensure there’s no food-drug intolerance risk.
(6) Wood Apple And High Blood Pressure
Hypertension is a leading cause of cardiovascular problems and affects millions of people around the world.
Wood Apples help in regulating hypertension or high blood pressure as the potassium in them relaxes our blood vessels and improves blood circulation.
Potassium in wood apple may interfere with some blood pressure medications.
If you take blood pressure medication, consult your doctor before eating wood apples to ensure that there’s no food-drug intolerance risk.
Eat wood apples in moderation as the high potassium level may drop our blood pressure below the normal range, and cause dizziness, fainting, dehydration, poor concentration, blurred vision, and pale skin, etc.
(7) May Cause Weight Gain
At moderate levels, wood apple may help with weight loss as the dietary fibers in them provide stomach satiety and controls overeating, a major cause of obesity.
Water in wood apples promotes weight management and helps with food digestion and assimilation of nutrients.
But, eat wood apples in moderation as they are high in calories (140 calories per 100 grams) and may lead to weight gain when consumed in excess.
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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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.