Does Eating Too Much Asparagus Have Negative Effects?

They say everything—and that includes food, will have negative effects when eaten too much. That applies even to whole foods like vegetables. When you eat too much asparagus, do you think it will do more harm than good?

Technically, no harm will come to people who eat too much spears. Nothing long term anyways. Besides, the effects of overeating asparagus are not often reported and when it does, the cases aren’t really serious. One case in point is related to gout.


Because asparagus is rich in purines, eating too much of this vegetable may cause gout. When broken down, purines result in uric acid, the excess of which the kidneys try to get rid of. Gout results when the kidneys cannot eliminate uric acid properly or when the body overproduces uric acid (uric acid can also be found in all human tissues). It can also be caused by eating too much food that is high in purines like asparagus.


Another side effect of overeating asparagus is related to allergies. Some people are affected by seasonal recurrent dyshidroform, dyspnea, dysphagia and occupational allergic determatitis when in contact with asparagus. The allergen seems to be 1,2 and 3 Trithiane-5 carboxylic acid, a plant growth inhibitor which can be found in young asparagus shoots.


Gas is due to incomplete food breakdown, more so, carbohydrates. It is normal to pass gas about 14 times per day but when you eat food that causes too much gas, you know what happens next—burping or flatulence.

What the connection between gas and asparagus? Asparagus has raffinose, a type of complex carbohydrate that animals can efficiently breakdown because they have the enzyme for it but humans can’t. What happens when we eat too much asparagus is the intestines ferment the food causing gases to form in the stomach. So the next time you are attending a social event, try to avoid overeating asparagus and save yourself the embarrassment.

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