Orange side effects

Adverse effects of oranges

What side effects do oranges have?

oranges in a market
Photo of oranges in a market

Orange (Citrus x sinensis) is an edible citrus fruit that, as such, is safely used in numerous recipes. It can be used squeezed in drinking water, in salads, desserts, or in a multitude of presentations.

Main side effects of oranges

The consumption of this citrus does not cause problems in most people, when it is taken in the normal food amounts. Only in some cases can irritation or adverse effects occur such as:

  • Laxative effects of oranges
  • Stomach ache
  • Skin irritation (in skin remedies)
  • Hypersensitivity to oranges (adverse effects)

Laxative effects of oranges

One of the most popular side effects of oranges, especially when consumed squeezed in the form of juice, because they stimulate the release or discharge of bile into the intestine, which is stimulating peristaltic movements and produces slightly laxative effects. It is for this reason that some people feel the need to go to the bathroom after having orange juice for breakfast.

Oranges after eating for digestion and stomach

Oranges taken during meals (before or after), can help improve the digestive process due to the properties of citric acid (a strong acid, capable of lowering the pH) to increase the acidity of the stomach and facilitate the task of juices gastric. However, oranges contain less citric acid than lemons, therefore they will be better tolerated than these in case of gastritis or stomach ulcer. These people should not abuse the consumption of this type of food or others that are very acidic. (Neither salt, carbonated drinks, nor fried foods) (Accompany an ulcer diet).

Oranges for the skin

An important precaution that must be taken with oranges is not to use them in home remedies for the skin or masks that are going to be applied to the face or delicate areas of the skin. Given its citric acid content, it can be irritating to the skin.

Hypersensitivity to oranges

Oranges and other citrus fruits raise histamine, which is not harmful in itself, since the body can metabolize and neutralize it, through an enzyme called “DAO”. It has been observed that some people have low activity of this intestinal enzyme, which causes histamine in food to not be neutralized. This can reach the blood producing histaminosis (high levels of histamine), which would trigger episodes of migraines.

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This article was endorsed by Elisenda Carballido - Dietitian nutritionist. Postgraduate in Phytotherapy and master in Nutrition and Metabolism.
Written by Editorial Botanical-online team in charge of content writing

6 August, 2021

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