Dr Vinay Jadhav talks about over-eating watermelons and beetroot

Dr Vinay Jadhav talks about over-eating watermelons and beetroot

Are Watermelon and Beetroot diet foods?

People have so many different notions about so many different things when it comes to dieting. A mad obsession is observed in dieters when they get to know about foods that might help them lose weight. But are all such foods really worthy of this attention? Do they actually help you lose weight and is eating these foods in a huge quantity a good idea? Dr Vinay Jadhav talks about people eating watermelon and beetroot because they believe that they are diet food.

Dr Vinay Jadhav explains some of the basic problems associated with eating excess watermelons:

  • 1. Eating a lot of watermelon can cause gastro-intestinal problems. These problems are associated with a component present in the watermelon- lycopene. Watermelon has, perhaps, the highest amount of lycopene. It is an antioxidant and gives watermelon its red colour. Though it probably helps in reducing the risk of cancer, over consumption may seriously affect the gastro-intestinal system. This may lead to frequent symptoms post consumption like nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, bloating and indigestion.
  • 2. Dr Vinay Jadhav states that watermelon is high on potassium as well. If the body receives more potassium than necessary then it is likely to develop hyperkalemia. Large quantities of residual potassium in the body will cause serious problem in the functioning of the heart, adversely affect nerve and muscle control and may also cause cardiac arrest. All these conditions may result from periodic over consumption of watermelon.
  • 3. Dr Vinay Jadhav also states that over eating watermelons may cause allergic reactions on people like facial swelling, rashes and anaphylaxis.
  • 4. Over eating of anything causes adverse effects on the body. Dr Vinay Jadhav says that in the hope of losing more weight, people tend to eat a lot of watermelon but he says such a move may not benefit the body but may in fact give rise to problems.

Dr Vinay Jadhav says that moderate consumption of watermelons can hydrate the body, help in controlling blood pressure and help with keeping the blood sugar low. As the watermelon has advantages too, Dr Vinay Jadhav advises to eat watermelon like a fruit and not as an anticipated way of losing weight.

Dr Vinay Jadhav further talks about the disadvantages of eating beetroot. Beetroot is known to increase haemoglobin level in the blood, helps the blood to be more oxygenated and increases stamina. But if you eat a lot of beetroot, this is what will happen to you:

  • 1. Dr Vinay Jadhav states that over-consumption of beetroot will stop the body from absorbing calcium. Beetroot is oxalate rich and this oxalate hinders the absorption of calcium into the body. Thus the calcium gets built up in the body in the form of kidney stones.
  • 2. Dr Vinay Jadhav tells that a lot of beetroot may turn the urine pink, which may look like blood. This can cause unnecessary paranoia.
  • 3. Dr Vinay Jadhav quotes that beetroot contains betaine which is present in a concentrated beetroot juice, in high quantities has mild side effects like nausea, an upset stomach, diarrhoea.
  • 4. People with kidney problems, obesity issues and pregnant women should consult their doctor before taking betaine. Dr Vinay Jadhav says that an excess quantity of beetroot juice might not have the desired effect on the body.

Dr Vinay Jadhav thus concludes that people should not blindly take large quantities of watermelon or beet juice in order to quickly lose weight. He says that even if these two have advantages, in excess quantities they might actually harm the body.

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*Disclaimer- This article is intended for informative purposes only. The views expressed in this article are the personal views of Dr Vinay Jadhav. Please consult a doctor before embarking on a weight loss program.