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Here’s What Would Happen If You Ate Too Many Cherries

Despite their small size, cherries pack a large number of nutrients. Cherries help boost vitamins B, C, and K. They also improve the body's potassium, manganese, magnesium, copper, and iron. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, Cherries also enhance a good night's rest. Still, there's such a thing as eating too many cherries.

By Cookist

Cherries contain nearly no fat or cholesterol.  A breakdown of the nutrition in 1 cup of cherries (about 22 cherries) contains, Calories​: 97, Fat​: 0.3 g, Carbohydrates​: 24.7 g, Sugar​: 19.7 g, Fiber​: 3.2 g, and Protein​: 1.6 g. In regards to vitamin C, one cup of cherry serving has 10.8 milligrams or 12 percent of the Daily Value (DV).

A major percent of the total calories in cherries come from healthy carbohydrates that the body uses for energy. These carbohydrates are necessary to fuel many metabolic and physical processes, including the brain, heart, and nervous system.


According to the United States National Library of Medicine, carbohydrates are the most

essential source of energy for the human body. When people consume carbohydrates,  the body turns these carbohydrates into glucose, which is then stored and used for energy powering the organs, cells, and body tissues.

Despite the numerous benefits that can be gotten from eating cherries, there are consequences in situations where they are eaten in large quantities. Some people are able to eat boatloads of Cherries in one go and have no issues, while some people are unable to eat cherries in large amounts and get away with it.

Consuming too many cherries at once could potentially lead to uncomfortable gastrointestinal issues, including:

  • Cramping
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Diarrhea

Cherries are especially rich sources of dietary fiber, and this fiber comes from the cell walls of plant foods which the body is unable to digest so it moves through the digestive system mainly untouched with no digestive process.

Even though the fiber in cherries is excellent for health, they can help improve bowel function and lower cholesterol levels. Furthermore, eating a lot of fiber at a time can increase gas and cause pains in the stomach like diarrhea.


Cherries also contain sorbitol, a natural sugar alcohol that can also cause gastrointestinal discomfort, including gas, bloating, and diarrhea when eaten in excess. Some people experience symptoms of nausea, vomiting, cramping, or diarrhea after eating even a cherry because they are allergic to Cherries. Allergy to cherry is an abnormal response to a particular protein in cherry, triggered by the body's immune system. It is possible to be allergic to cherries, especially if a person is allergic to birch pollen.

Symptoms of a food allergy usually develop within a few minutes to two hours after eating the fruit and may include:

  • Tingling or itching in the mouth
  • Skin rashes such as hives or eczema
  • Swelling of the lips, face, tongue, and throat
  • Wheezing
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Nasal congestion
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea and nausea
  • Dizziness or fainting

Seek out emergency medical care if you observe any of the reactions above after eating cherries or any fruit. Stay safe!

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