Figs or anjeer fruit grows on the tree of the same name. It belongs to mulberry and is native to the Middle East and Western Asia, but nowadays commercially cultivated in many regions of the world. They provide many health and beauty benefits due to the abundance of essential nutrients like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients, and polyphenols, etc. However, there are also some side effects of overeating figs.
Side Effects Of Overeating Figs
Following are the major side effects of eating too many figs.
(1) Too Much Fiber Is Bad For Stomach
Dietary fibers in figs are natural laxatives that improve bowel movement, relieve constipation, and provide relief from digestive disorders such as abdominal pain gas bloating, and flatulence.
However, too many dietary fibers may cause diarrhea, poor absorption of nutrients, and digestive issues like intestinal gas intestinal blockage, and abdominal pain.
Eat figs in moderation to avoid the risk.
(2) Increases Skin Sensitivity To Sun
Antioxidants and reliable compounds such as phytonutrients and polyphenols in fix protect our skin from free radical damage and reduce the risk of various signs of premature aging such as fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, dark spots, and skin blemishes, etc.
However, figs are known to increase our skin’s sensitivity towards the sun. Because of this, our skin is more likely to suffer from UV rays damage caused by the skin.
It may also cause skin rashes and itching.
(3) Harmful For Liver And Intestines
Eat figs carefully as fig seeds are not easily digestible. They may obstruct the intestines and harm them.
(4) Increases The Risk Of Calcium Deficiency
Figs contain oxalates.
In large quantities, oxalates may interfere with calcium absorption in the body and increase the risk of calcium deficiency.
Lack of calcium in our body may increase the risk of bone disorders such as osteoporosis and hypocalcemia, and give rise to poor memory, muscle spasms, hallucinations, numbness, depression, tingling sensation in hands, feet, and face.
(5) Can Cause Retinal, Rectal And Vaginal Bleeding
Figs have a warm tendency, and overconsuming them may increase the risk of retinal bleeding, rectal bleeding, and slight vaginal bleeding. It may even increase the risk of hemolytic anemia ( anemia caused by an abnormal breakdown of red blood corpuscles).
To avoid the risk, enjoy figs in moderation and if you experience any such symptoms, discontinue eating figs and consult a doctor
(6) Lower Blood Sugar
Figs have a low glycemic index of 51 and slow down the rate at which sugar is released into the bloodstream.
This prevents a sudden spike in blood sugar levels and helps in managing diabetes.
Dietary fibers in figs slow down the rate at which sugar is absorbed by the bloodstream and keep blood sugar under control.
Even with this benefit, eat figs in moderation as otherwise they may drop blood sugar levels below the healthy range and cause symptoms like blurred vision, rapid heartbeat, sudden nervousness, excessive hunger, excessive sweating, and breathing difficulty, etc.
If you take diabetes medication, consult your doctor before adding figs to your routine and ensure there is no food-drug interference risk.
(7) May Cause Allergic Reactions
Avoid figs if you are allergic to them.
Some of the allergic reactions caused by figs are conjunctivitis, rhinitis, and anaphylactic shock. It may also cause skin rashes, skin itching, swelling of the mouth and tongue, etc.
(8) Not Good For Kidney Problems And Gallbladder Problems
Figs are not suitable for people with kidney stones and gallbladder problems.
Oxalates in figs may bind with minerals such as calcium and form calcium oxalates, a major type of kidney stone.
In excessive amounts, figs may harm the spleen, which plays an important role in the production of white blood cells.
(9) Eating Figs During Pregnancy And Nursing Stage
Figs contain essential nutrients like vitamins and minerals that help in maintaining a healthy pregnancy.
They lower our blood sugar levels and reduce the risk of gestational diabetes.
Folic acid in figs promotes brain development in the fetus and reduces the risk of birth defects like neural tube defects and spina bifida.
However, there are not many studies regarding the safety of figs during pregnancy and the nursing period.
For a safe side, have a word with your doctor before eating figs during pregnancy and nursing and ensure there is no risk involved.
(10) Not Suitable For People With Scheduled Surgery
Stop consuming figs two weeks before surgery and after surgery, as they may lower our blood sugar level, increase the risk of nerve damage and interfere with wound healing.
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.