Tomatoes are rightly regarded as one of the healthiest vegetables. They are a very rich source of potassium, which most of us lack. On the other hand, however, it is important to know that there are some people who should either significantly reduce their consumption of tomatoes or exclude them from their diet altogether. Who are we talking about? You can find out in our guide.
People with reflux
Oesophageal reflux is a very common contraindication to eating tomatoes. The reason? These vegetables contain a lot of organic acids and, as we know, people with reflux should avoid acids in their diet, opting instead for alkaline foods. Eating tomatoes can increase the severity of reflux and cause agonising heartburn.
It may come as a surprise to many that tomato allergy is one of the most common food allergies. It manifests itself not only with stomach problems, but also with skin changes, an itchy tongue and redness of the skin around the eyes.
People who are allergic to tomatoes should avoid not only the vegetable in its raw form, but also various tomato preparations such as tinned tomatoes, tomato puree or ketchup.
People with histamine intolerance
Histamine intolerance is a relatively rare condition which, however, also necessitates limiting the intake of tomatoes (or even excluding them from the diet altogether). In this case, however, processed products are particularly dangerous, i.e. all sauces, tomato juices, passata or ketchup – they contain the most histamine.
People with kidney disease
The high concentration of potassium in tomatoes is a blessing for heart patients, but a curse for those with kidney disease. Failure of these organs means that tomatoes must be completely excluded from the diet (necessarily low in potassium). People with an excess of potassium in the body must also not overdo tomatoes.