Negative Effects of Asafoetida

By:Ariba Khaliq, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Nov 29, 2014

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Asafoetida has a strong pungent smell, but adds a subtle flavour to dishes when cooked with other spices. People use asafoetida resin, a gum-like material, as medicine and for cooking. Despite its many health benefits, too much hing can pose side-effects too. Read on.
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    Side-effects of Asafoetida

    Do you often use asafoetida or hing to enhance the taste of your food? It does not come as a surprise that hing is a commonly used part of cooking in Indian cuisine. Besides, asafoetida benefits you by being a versatile home remedy. That’s how asafoetida has positive effects on our health. But, have you ever wondered if consuming this culinary marvel could have side-effects? Probably not. Let us inform you about the negative effects of using asafoetida on your health.

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    Swelling of Lips

    Too much consumption of asafoetida may cause abnormal swelling of the lips in some people. The lips appear bigger and swollen than before and a clattering sensation is felt. This side-effect of asafoetida may linger for sometime but goes away on its own after a few hours. But, if the condition persists, or the swelling spreads to your face and/or neck, the affected person must be provided with immediate medical attention.

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    Gas or Diarrhoea

    Though asafoetida is used in cooking to prevent gastrointestinal problems after having a heavy meal, too much use of it can actually cause problems for your stomach. Some people may suffer gas or diarrhoea after consuming asafoetida; some may even feel a burning sensation in their stomach. Excessive gas can make them blench frequently and cause nausea. To avoid this problem, you may have a light snack before eating food that has asafoetida in it.

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    Skin Rashes

    A few people may experience skin rashes and bumps as a side effect of ingesting asafoetida. When you suffer skin rashes, you skin may turn red and may itch. If the problem lasts for a few minutes, there is nothing to worry and it may subside on its own. But if your skin starts swelling as a result and the condition worsens, contact your physician immediately.

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    Headache and Dizziness

    Consuming too much asafoetida can cause headache and dizziness in some people. The negative effects of it include losing consciousness, and concentration problems. However, these side-effects are only temporary and go away after resting for a while.

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    High or Low Blood Pressure

    Hypertension and hypotension are also conditions related with consumption of asafoetida. Managing your blood pressure may suffer when you ingest asafoetida. People with blood pressure issues, both with high and levels of it, should avoid eating asafoetida, or if they must, limit their consumption to a minimum.

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    Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

    Ingesting asafoetida is not advisable for pregnant women; it may put them at a risk of miscarriage. Also, lactating mothers should avoid the use of spice in their food. It could reach your baby through the breastfed milk and harm him/her, causing certain blood related problems.

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    Paralysis

    If you have survived a paralysis or problems related to convulsions, you should not consume asafoetida. It could trigger an attack. Apart from these, asafoetida can be harmful for people with any kind of conditions related to the central nervous system.

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