Watermelons are one of the most loved fruits worldwide. This is because of how juicy and filling they are. They easily replace a lot of drinks most of the time. But you have to agree, there is nothing more refreshing than the feeling of watermelon juice running down your throat on a hot day.
Personally, I'd buy a watermelon every other day after I got home from work, just to savor that feeling. I literally felt like I could live there forever. This is not until I discovered that this habit was very dangerous. Let me share with you how consuming a lot of watermelons can affect you:
1. It causes diarrhea and other digestive problems
As much as watermelon is rich in water and dietary fiber, eating a lot of it causes bloating, diarrhea and gas. This is because it has sorbitol. Sorbitol is a sugar compound, which encourages loose stool and gas issues. Additionally, watermelon has lycopene, which is a pigmented antioxidant that gives the watermelon its bright color. Lycopene contributes to this too.
Pre-cut melons have more effects of diarrhea and digestive problems. You never know what these people put in that piece of watermelon you purchase. The fruits might be contaminated with Salmonella, a bacterium that causes stomach pain, fever, and severe diarrhea. For you to be safe, it is advisable to buy the watermelon while whole. Remember to always wash it thoroughly before consumption.
2. It may cause overhydration
We are often reminded that hydration is very good. We are advised to always take water or anything with water in it, like fruits. But did you know that it can be too much? This is what is termed as overhydration and in other words, water intoxication. This condition usually leads to a loss of sodium content in your body.
Consuming a large quantity of watermelon increases the level of water in our bodies. This, in turn, leads to an increase in the volume of the blood, hence swelling in various body parts, exhaustion, and kidney dysfunction.
3. It causes cardiovascular problems
Watermelon is a rich source of potassium. Potassium is very important in keeping your body healthy. It helps maintain electrolyte function, which keeps our hearts healthy and makes the bones and muscles stronger. But overconsumption of watermelons means too much potassium, which can cause cardiovascular problems like irregular heartbeat and a weak pulse rate.
4. It increases glucose levels
Naturally, watermelons are full of sugar. This is the type of sugar that most people term healthy, unlike the processed sugar. Well, it is true. But you can't just have a lot of it, because it will be harmful to your health. This especially goes to the diabetics.
Consumption of too much watermelon can increase your blood sugar levels, which is obviously not good for you. So if you want to consume it on a daily basis, first check in with the doctor.
Now that you know the dangers of eating a lot of watermelons, will you stop it? Feel free to share your thoughts below, like, share, and follow my page for more tips.
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