Cucumber is a favorite summer snack because of its cooling effect. With more than 96 percent water content, this crunchy veggie helps you stay hydrated during those hot summer days.1 But, remember the saying, “Too much of anything is bad for you?” It holds true for cucumbers as well. If you have cucumbers beyond moderation, it may have side effects. Allergies and bloating are the common harmful effects.
1. Increases Urination
Cucumbers are natural diuretics.2 It means they encourage urine production. When consumed in moderation, they are helpful in fighting fluid retention. However, you should also be aware of the symptoms of excess cucumber intake, such as dehydration due to the excess loss of body water. Talk to your doctor, if you experience these symptoms when you use cucumber medicinally.3
If you are pregnant, you know what it means to have diuretics in your diet. Cucumbers are mild enough to use safely during pregnancy. One or two servings a day will not do any harm.4 However, unrestricted consumption of cucumbers may increase your visits to restrooms.
2. Cucurbitacins In Them Are Toxic
Ever wondered about the bitter taste of cucumbers? The compounds known as cucurbitacins cause the bitter taste in cucumbers.5 They can be toxic at high levels. However, cucurbitacins in large amounts will make cucumber too bitter to eat.6 It is
3. Can Cause Bloating And Indigestion
Ever noticed how you burp after eating cucumber? Cucurbitacins in cucumbers are the culprit. They cause indigestion.8 As you know, indigestion causes bloating and stomach pain. Moreover, the fiber content in cucumber may lead to uncomfortable flatulence.9 Also, when you suffer from diarrhea, excess intake of this diuretic food may aggravate the symptoms.10
4. Can Trigger Allergic Reactions