Eating too much ginger? You may experience these 5 side effects

Published on: 12 February 2022, 11:30 am IST

You may have heard enough about the benefits of ginger. But, there are certain side effects of ginger that you should steer clear of.

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Can eating ginger have some negative effects on health? Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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Ginger is a common spice used for adding flavour to soups, subzi or curry. Ginger has an insane amount of health benefits. It helps to beat nausea, morning sickness, inflammation, and painful periods. Ginger is a boon for some people, but for others it can be a bane too.

Yes, there are some side effects of ginger too. Going overboard with its consumption can lead to a plethora of health problems.

Side effects of eating too much ginger:

1. Over-consumption can lead to diarrhea

Are you wondering why you have diarrhea after eating ginger? Well, one reason could be that you may have overeaten it! Yes, you heard it right! It tends to accelerate the passage of food and stool via the intestines, inviting restlessness and weakness. So, just be careful when you plan to add ginger to the diet. Ideally, it is better to ask an expert about the quantity in which you need to eat it.

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Add too much ginger to your food may also cause indigestion. Image courtesy: Pixabay

2. Causes heartburn

Having a heartburn issue? Well, you need to skip adding too much ginger to the diet. It will impact the upper digestive system and you will feel bloated and gassy, along with heartburn. You need to see a doctor after you notice regular heartburn issues before it becomes serious.

3. Induce bleeding

No, we are not kidding here! Too much ginger consumption will aggravate bleeding problems in people. Did you know that ginger could cause bleeding due to its anti-platelet (blood-thinning) properties. So, be careful while having it. Anything in excess quantity is harmful to health. Don’t panic, just be alert with the quantity of ginger in your diet.

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Ginger may cause thinning of blood. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

4. Upset stomach

An upset stomach can steal your peace of mind. Ginger tends to stimulate the secretion of bile, which aids in digestion. But, on an empty stomach, it causes digestive distress and an upset stomach. The gingerol that is present in ginger irritates the stomach lining, by making it produce more acid. Thus, there will be abdominal distress. But remember that pregnant women need to avoid having ginger as it is not recommended for them.

5. Mouth irritation

Having too much ginger will cause oral allergy syndrome. Many people can be allergic to ginger. One may encounter mouth swelling, irritation, or pain after eating ginger. Thus, you need to be alert and check if you too are allergic to it. Stop having ginger right away if you experience mouth irritation.

Now that you know why, it’s best to eat ginger in moderation.

Ms. Nafisa Habib Ms. Nafisa Habib

Senior Dietitian, Wockhardt Hospital, Mira Road

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