As summer arrives, the urge to indulge in cooling foods becomes stronger. One of the most refreshing options during this season is watermelon, which belongs to the cucurbitaceous family and contains approximately 92% water, making it exceptionally hydrating and cooling. Watermelon contains vitamins A, B6, C, B1, B5, and B9, supporting vision, immune function, metabolism, brain development, skin health, wound healing, energy metabolism, nerve function, DNA synthesis, cell division, and foetal development. The fibre content in watermelon makes it an excellent choice for weight management. While renowned for its numerous benefits, overconsumption of this red-fleshed fruit can lead to some drawbacks.

Dt Nisha, Consultant Dietician and Nutritionist at Motherhood Hospitals, Gurgaon, shared insights with us.

Diarrhoea: Watermelon is high in water and natural sugars, particularly fructose. Consuming large quantities of watermelon may cause gastrointestinal upset and diarrhoea, especially in individuals with sensitive digestive systems or those prone to digestive issues.

Blood Sugar Spikes: Watermelon contains natural sugars, which can lead to rapid spikes in blood sugar levels, especially when consumed in large amounts. This effect may be more pronounced in individuals with diabetes or insulin resistance.

Digestive Discomfort: Excessive consumption of watermelon can cause bloating, gas, and abdominal discomfort due to its high water and fibre content, particularly if consumed too quickly.

Electrolyte Imbalance: Watermelon is hydrating due to its high water content, but consuming excessive amounts without balancing electrolytes (such as sodium, potassium, and magnesium) could potentially lead to electrolyte imbalances.

Allergic Reactions: Although rare, some individuals may be allergic to watermelon. Allergic reactions can range from mild symptoms such as itching and hives to more severe reactions like difficulty breathing and anaphylaxis.

To avoid these potential side effects, it's best to consume watermelon in moderation as part of a balanced diet and to be mindful of portion sizes, especially if you have any underlying health conditions or dietary sensitivities.

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