Lychee, the delicious tropical fruit could be hiding a deadly secret. Recent research has uncovered a deadly truth about one of your favourite exotic fruit. Experts investigated the unexplained deaths of hundreds of children in India.

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Every year, an unknown illness strikes the poor children living in the town of Muzzafarpur, India. In the Bihar region, more than 100 children a year suffered from a mystery illness which includes sudden seizures and losing consciousness, with around a third of them dying.

The researchers have identified the cause of this mysterious illness and pinned it down to the consumption of large amount of lychee fruit, on an empty stomach. When consumed on an empty stomach, the lychee fruit contains amino acid, which can lower blood glucose levels, therefore sending children into hypoglycemia.

An investigation and with the results published in The Lancet was launched by the US Center for Disease Control and the National Centre for Disease Control, India.


After the discovery of the cause of the illness in India, health officials have advised parents to make sure that their children get full meals in the evening and to reduce the number of lychees they eat. The number of cases, has lessen since then.

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