7 important health hazards of eating too many bananas

Bananas are an all-time favorite fruit popular amongst weaning infants, children, and adults. They are super delicious, full of nutrition and extremely convenient as they are available in abundance all year long in some places. Bananas are a healthy fruit containing potassium, vitamins, and fiber as its main components.

While this versatile fruit can help you in losing weight, reduce bloating and strengthen your heart, it can have a completely opposite effect if consumed in excess. Eating one banana in a day is helpful for weight watchers; even two will be absolutely fine. But if you are going overboard the safe limit, the adverse effects may start to crawl in.

  1. Weight gain

Bananas do aid in losing excessive weight because of the fiber content in them and can be beneficial for weight watchers if just one or two bananas are included in the diet. But, bananas are also very high in terms of carbohydrates and sugar.  Eating too many bananas may cause hurdles in achieving the desired weight and you can end up gaining weight if you eat more than two bananas in a day.

  1. Makes you feel sleepy

There is an amino acid, Tryptophan present in bananas which can make you feel sleepy. But the high carbohydrate content in bananas blocks this amino acid from reaching the brain. This shortage of tryptophan increases the serotonin levels in the body which makes you feel sleepy. You can eat bananas before going to bed for a good night’s sleep but avoiding eating them if you have a long way to go or need to stay conscious!

  1. Improper nutritional balance

Our body requires a wide variety of nutrients to stay healthy and function normally. Nutritionists suggest people have a variety of colors on your food palate in terms of fruits, vegetables, meat etc. A nutritional imbalance will be created if your diet consists of excessive amounts of bananas and this may lead to certain diseases.

Bananas are known to have a pretty decent amount of potassium in them. On one hand, if bananas are eaten in moderation, they can help control muscle tissues, improve digestion and metabolism in the body but, on the other hand, a potassium increase in the bloodstream can cause heartbeat abnormalities, nausea, slow pulse, and even cardiac arrest.

  1. Headache

Bananas contain Tyramine and Phenylethylamine along with amino acids which can dilate the blood vessels hence increasing the amount of blood flow to the brain which may result in a headache. One should avoid eating more of ripe bananas as Tyramine content is greater in them.

  1. Excessive fiber intake

Fiber aids in digestion and keeping the digestive system strong but any excess of it can be a hazard to health. Too much fiber intake can result in abdominal cramps, bloating and gas and can also interfere in the absorption if iron and calcium in the body.

  1. Little fat content

Because bananas have a very low-fat content, it is helpful in losing weight. But eating too many bananas will deprive you of the fat content needed by the body to function properly and a lack of dietary fiber affects the brain development.

  1. Dental Issues

There is no doubt about the high sugar content found in bananas. And a diet high in sugar can affect your teeth, lead to dental problems and early tooth decay early on.

There’s no denial in the fact that bananas are indeed a very healthy fruit but it is quite important to maintain a sensible intake. Eating too many bananas will invite health hazards and deprive you of reaping from its benefits. Thus, there is no need to go bananas for bananas!






Michelle M

Conducting research in a laboratory can often feel isolated so Lisa prefers writing about scientific research in healthcare. She contributes stories about the latest research in all fields related to health. Email: lisa@askhealthnews.com

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