Who should not eat tomatoes?

Tomatoes are delicious and nutritious food. However, for people with arthritis, stomach, or kidney problems, eating tomatoes can exacerbate the condition.

Tomatoes are high in vitamin and mineral content. Therefore, regular consumption of tomatoes not only helps improve overall health but also contributes to the prevention of many disease attacks. Some great benefits of tomatoes are preventing cancer, protecting cardiovascular health, beautifying skin, preventing diabetes, reducing depression, improving the digestive system, improving eyesight, etc.

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Tomato has many health benefits but it is not the right food for everyone. Here are the groups of people who shouldn't eat tomatoes.

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People with stomach problems: Tomatoes are high in acid, so eating a lot of tomatoes can cause reflux and heartburn. People with gastritis or reflux esophagitis should not eat tomatoes. Even in healthy people, eating too many tomatoes or tomato sauce can cause a burning sensation.

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People with arthritis: Eating too many tomatoes can cause joint pain. That's because tomatoes contain solanine, an alkaline substance that causes calcium build up in tissues. Too much buildup can cause inflammation, pain, and swelling in the joints. Additionally, the small amount of purine in tomatoes is not good for people with gout. Therefore, if people want to eat tomatoes, they need to be cautious and go to a specialist physician for advice.

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People with kidney problems: According to Medical Daily, tomatoes are rich in oxalate, a compound that is difficult to metabolize if consumed in excess. Along with the buildup of calcium in tissues, this can lead to kidney stones. In addition, the abundant potassium in tomatoes may impair kidney function.

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People prone to allergies: Tomatoes contain histamine compounds, help boost the immune system to fight off the bad external forces. That often causes allergic reactions such as hives, swelling tongue, face, sneezing, throat irritation. For those diagnosed with an allergy to tomatoes, those symptoms may be even more severe.

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People with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS): Eating tomatoes can trigger symptoms of IBS such as diarrhea, painful cramps, flatulence, and constipation. In this case, it is best to stay away from acidic foods such as tomatoes and tomato sauce.

People with urinary problems: Acid-rich foods like tomatoes can irritate the bladder. If you have incontinence or urinary problems, it's best to avoid or cut back on the foods related to tomatoes.

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People with autoimmune diseases: Tomatoes are a member of the Solanaceae family. The alkaloid compounds in tomatoes can aggravate inflammation in the body. This is especially harmful to people with autoimmune diseases. Many people with this disease have removed the Solanaceae group from the diet and claim their health has improved a lot. 

By: Mithrine Smith

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