The term “Mberry” could refer to two different things, both with potential side effects:
Also known as miracle fruit, Synsepalum dulcificum, this West African fruit contains a glycoprotein called miraculin that temporarily alters taste perception, making sour things taste sweet. While generally considered safe, certain potential side effects exist:
Allergic reactions: Though rare, some people experience allergic reactions like skin rashes, itching, or swelling after consuming miracle fruit.
Digestive issues: Overconsumption of sour or acidic foods due to the “sweetening” effect might lead to heartburn, indigestion, or stomach upset.
Blood sugar effects: Although research is limited, miracle fruit might contain compounds affecting blood sugar levels. Consult a healthcare professional if you have diabetes or concerns about blood sugar.
Lack of safety data: Extensive research on long-term or high-dose effects is lacking, so pregnant or breastfeeding women should exercise caution or consult a doctor before consuming miracle fruit.
This South American berry (Ariocarpus chilensis) is known for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. However, potential side effects include:
Digestive issues: Similar to miracle fruit, excessive consumption could lead to stomach upset or diarrhea.
Blood thinning: Maqui berry might interact with blood-thinning medications, so consult a doctor if you take such medications.
Limited safety data: As with miracle fruit, extensive research on long-term or high-dose effects is lacking, so pregnant or breastfeeding women should exercise caution or consult a doctor before consuming maqui berries.
- If unsure which berry you’re referring to, consider providing more context.
- Before consuming any potentially new food, it’s crucial to research potential side effects and consult a healthcare professional if you have any underlying health conditions.
- Start with small quantities and observe your body’s response before increasing intake.