Contraindications of watermelon

Adverse effects of eating lots of watermelon


What contraindications does watermelon have?

Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus var. Lanatus) is a typical fruit of the summer season. Watermelon is used in numerous recipes, as original as this watermelon pizza, which is delicious.

As an edible food, watermelon has no significant contraindications or toxicity. Even so, the consumption of this fruit is not totally free of contraindications. In addition, it has also been the victim of many food myths.

Here are the main doubts about the dangers of watermelon consumption:

  • Does watermelon have a lot of sugar?
  • Is watermelon good to lose weight?
  • What contraindications does it have?

Is watermelon bad for chronic kidney failure?

Photo of half watermelon

Photo of half watermelon

One of the main contraindications of most fruits is that, because they are naturally rich in potassium, they can not be abused by people with chronic renal failure (CRF), since in these cases a diet low in potassium should be followed.

This is why people with chronic kidney failure can not consume much fruit. However, within the fruit group, watermelon contains less potassium.

Therefore, within a controlled diet, watermelon itself is suitable for chronic renal failure. However, in these cases always consult the specialist.

For informational purposes, if it is of your interest, have this complete feeding guide for kidney failure.

Is there a possibility of allergy to watermelon?

Yes, watermelon allergy exists and there are people who should not consume it. Despite its goodness, watermelon can produce allergic reactions with skin manifestations in some people.

Photo of watermelon pizza with peppermint and chocolate

Photo of watermelon pizza with peppermint and chocolate. See recipe

This does not mean that everyone with a fruit allergy has an allergy to watermelons. The most common allergies are allergies to Rosaceae, such as peach (Prunus persica), apricot (Prunus americana) or prunes (Prunus domestica).

In contrast, watermelon belongs to another family of plants (Cucurbitaceae). Therefore, people allergic to rosaceae, can tolerate watermelon. However, if there is an allergy to cucumber, melon, zucchini, or pumpkin, watermelon may not be ingested.

Watermelon for irritable bowel

Watermelon is a fruit that contains fructose and should be moderated if you follow a diet low in FODMAPs, which is a type of diet used in diet therapy to treat bowel syndrome or irritable bowel. (FODMAPs= Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides And Polyols)

Why does watermelon produce diarrhea or heartburn?

Some people find watermelon bad, because it produces them gastrointestinal symptoms (such as diarrhea), or heartburn. When these disorders appear, it is advisable to rule out other possibilities, such as contemplating if any other food ingested may be the cause of such discomfort, for example bread (because of gluten intolerance) or milk (which could be a lactose intolerance).

In some cases, these alterations produced after eating watermelon respond to a certain fructose intolerance, personal intolerance, or irritable bowel manifestation. To determine this, it is advisable to evaluate a specialist.

Watermelon for diabetes

Many people believe that watermelon has a lot of sugar and that is why people with diabetes should not take it. However, that is not exactly true. Although it is true that in the diet for diabetes we must moderate the consumption of sugars, watermelon is a fruit with little sugar and diabetics tolerate it well, provided it is consumed whole, without added sugar, and in moderate amounts.

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Is watermelon bad for dinner?

No problem with eating the watermelon at any time of the day, not for dinner. Only people with problems of night urination or prostatitis, should keep in mind that the watermelon has much liquid and can make them urinate more during the night.

Can babies eat watermelon?

Yes, watermelon is a suitable food for babies, as long as the infant feeding patterns are respected and the seeds carefully removed to avoid possible accidents.

Can people with migraine eat watermelon?

Ingestion of certain foods, such as lemon or orange juice, may cause migraine in people who have been diagnosed with a DAO enzyme deficiency.

Watermelon is one of the fruits that tolerate people with DAO deficiency, therefore it can be eaten with ease in diets low in histamine.

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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

19 October, 2021

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