The Dangers Of Consuming Too Much Fruit
If you want to boost your health, fruits are undoubtedly something that should be part of your diet. They support your vital organs, they protect against disease and much more. However, you can get too much of a good thing and by overdosing on fruits, you negate their health benefits and put your body at risk. This article will look at some of the main dangers of overdosing on fruits.
1. Unstable Blood Glucose Levels
Fruits are rich in natural sugars. When consumed in moderation, your body can regulate the release of these natural sugars into your blood and ensure that your blood glucose levels remain stable. However, if you eat large amounts of fruit, your body cannot properly handle the high volumes of natural sugars and this causes your blood glucose levels to surge and then crash.
The short term impact of these unstable blood glucose levels is inconsistent energy levels which are characterized by periods of intense energy followed by periods of lethargy. The longer term and more serious effect of these unstable blood glucose levels is organ damage and the development of diabetes (a condition where your body is permanently unable to properly regulate your blood glucose levels).
2. High Blood Triglyceride Levels
Triglycerides are a type of fat found in the blood that are used by your body for energy. While triglycerides are essential for good health, high blood levels of triglycerides increase your risk of diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke. Studies have shown that ingesting large amounts of fructose (the sugar found in fruits) can raise your blood levels of triglycerides to dangerously high levels.Fortunately, this is only a problem when you consume huge volumes of fruits each day and if you limit your consumption to five daily portions or less, the amount of fructose you’re eating won’t have an adverse effect on your blood triglyceride levels.
3. Tooth Decay
Like the sugars in candy and soda, the natural sugars in fruits erode your teeth and can cause permanent, irreversible damage if consumed excessively. In addition to this, many fruits are acidic and can break down your teeth over time. The good news is that the acid and fructose in fruits is harmless to your teeth in small quantities and by enjoying fruits in moderation, you can prevent them from having a negative impact on your teeth.
To avoid the negative symptoms listed above, limit your intake of fruits to five portions per day. Also, make sure the majority of fruits you consume are fresh. While dried fruits and smoothies are okay in moderation, consuming them excessively can lead to the health risks discussed in this article.