While tomatoes are generally safe to eat, in some cases they can cause some unfortunate side effects. If you’re having some of the symptoms below, you might want to eliminate or cut down tomatoes from your diet for about four weeks and see how your body reacts.
1. They might give you acid reflux.
Tomatoes are very acidic and can cause heartburn in people with stomach problems like gastritis and gastroesophageal reflux disease. Even if you’re healthy and eat too many tomatoes or too much tomato sauce, you might end up with that familiar burning sensation.
2. It causes joint pain in some people.
Eating too many tomatoes can cause joint pain. That’s because tomatoes have an alkaloid called solanine, which builds up calcium in the tissues. Too much build up can cause inflammation, pain, and swelling in the joints.
3. Some individuals experience kidney issues.
As mentioned in the previous point, tomatoes lead to a calcium build-up in the body. Add to that the fact that tomatoes are also rich in something called oxalate — a substance that is not metabolized easily when consumed in excess — and it might result in kidney stones. Tomatoes are also rich in potassium, which can impair kidney function. If you already suffer from kidney problems, be extra aware of this.