Fig is a fruit scientifically called ‘Ficus carica’ belongs to the mulberry family. It is consumed fresh or in the dried form. The fig fruit is usually safe when consumed in low to moderate food amounts, however if you consume it in high quantities especially on a regular basis, it might cause certain side effects. Unexpected isn’t it? Let us have a look at the most common yet unexpected side effects observed with fig consumption.
Different people have different allergies depending on their body type. People those who are allergic to components like mulberry or weeping fig etc. are most likely to also be allergic to the fig fruit. Allergic reactions with fig consumption usually causes appearance of red rashes on the skin, itching, sensitivity and dryness.
2. Fall In Blood Sugar Levels
Who would have thought of this; a sweet fruit which might reduce your blood glucose levels. Consuming the fig fruit results in drop of your blood sugar and this might especially be bad for those suffering from diabetes and taking glucose reducing medicines. It might result in severe consequences and thus consumption of fig fruit by diabetes patients or those with a fluctuating blood glucose levels, must be avoided. It is also advisable to stop any fig consumption before planning a surgery for the same reasons.
3. Stomach Upset, Gas And Bloating
The fig fruit is very rich in fibre and carbohydrates. When consumed in moderate quantity it doesn’t really cause a trouble however increasing the quantity makes your stomach go for a toss. The high fibre starts to get fermented in your tummy resulting in gas which leaves you feeling bloated. This feeling is usually followed by stomach ache and cramps. Thus, it is always better to keep a check at the quantity.
4. Difficult To Digest
Although the fruit appears soft and mushy, it is very difficult to digest; especially the fig seeds. It therefore tends to damage the organs which are responsible for digestion. The most affected body organs are the intestines and liver and the most damage is caused by fig seeds and hence precaution must be taken.
5. Damage To Blood Vessels
Fig is known to be a warm fruit and it tends to increase the pressure of blood against the blood vessels. This effect is usually seen when the fruit is consumed in high amounts only. As a consequence, the small blood vessels called capillaries get damaged which might result in bleeding. The most commonly damaged areas include the retina causing redness of the eye, vaginal bleeding or even rectal bleeding. If this situation is not taken seriously and it goes unnoticed, the person can also suffer from anaemia and thus care must be taken.
6. Fall In Calcium Levels
Excessive consumption of the fig fruit is known to reduce calcium levels. Calcium is important for our body as it keeps our bones and teeth strong; fall in its levels might make our bones and teeth weak. Hence over consumption of fig must be prevented.
7. Skin Troubles
Although fig is known to benefit the skin; over exposure to the fig fruit and even its leaves are known to damage the skin by making it more sensitive. The skin becomes very sensitive to the sun which ultimately causes premature ageing, skin rashes, skin redness etc. As a measure to this exposure to direct sun must be avoided.
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