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Bananas and stomach aches?


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I get horrible stomach aches after I eat bananas. Does anyone else? Can I be allergic to bananas? Is there anything I can do to not get these aches besides stop eating bananas? They are so yummy in my cereal and smoothies.

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And here I thought I was the only one...  Sorry, I don't have advice, I don't know what causes it!  I googled it, but haven't ever found anything helpful!  I do find that I'm okay as long as I don't eat one on an empty stomach.  I seem to do okay if they are mixed in with things. 

Wish I could be more help, maybe someone else will???

I totally relate to this!


It's almost an acid-like feeling...?

Yes! And it's not down in my "gut," in other words, I don't feel like I have to use the restroom. It's more toward the top of my belly, like 2-3 inches above my belly button.

I have found that if I eat something sweet (fruit or otherwise) on an empty stomach I get sharp pains.

I don't know why, I just do....so I avoid it. Try drinking water or milk a little bit before and during the process of eating the banana. It might help a bit.

Edit: Nevermind, you said it's not down in your gut.

Hi,

Okay, so I am allergic to bananas and get stomach pains if I eat them. I, too, loved them and ate daily when I realized it was too painfl and I had to stop. Sry, bt I am sre yo will find this, too.

I used to get them, too...horrible....I remember when I realized it was the bananas doing it.  Even if I would drink a strawberry/banana smoothie...horrible stomach pains.  Every once in a while, I would indulge, and then pay the price.

 

Then a few years later....my appendix ruptured, and I ended up in the ER with emergency surgery, and was hospitalized for a week.  Ever since then, I have had no problems eating bananas...don't bother me at all, anymore!

 

So I don't know how the two are connected...but I thought I would let you know!

 

Good luck...

Doc told me they can cause constipation in children.......

Yup, I'm mildly allergic to them too (and peanuts, walnuts, and coconut) and I get nasty stomach aches. I also get sores in my mouth when I eat bananas, almost like blisters. Peanut butter and banana sandwiches are out for me, alas.

I also have this problem. I am DESPERATE for somebody to please tell me a way I can eat bananas! PLEASE! I have spent so much time googling to find a solution and it seems everyone says to stop eating them. I LOVE bananas. Im actually really upset about them upsetting my tummy. I am 22 and it started recently. I see on other blogs a lot of ppl say this starts in their early twenties. Its worse for me if I eat them for breakfast. (my stomach also disagrees with anything honey nut for breakfast but those things r ok for lunch or dinner). I tried plantains in hopes of an alternative, but within 10 minutes I felt like hurling. That lasted about 10 more minutes then I felt completely better. Bananas give me less severe queezyness but it lasts a few hours. WHAT CAN I DO? I know it sounds rediculous that I want to eat something that hurts me, but I really love them so much. I can only have like 2 bites and that will not hurt me any, but its not much. I just want to be able to sit down and enjoy a whole banana. I hate throwing away the rest. What a waste. Is it an allergy or just that my stomach disagrees? If it isnt an allergy cant I take something to combat the bloating and pain? It is in the same spot in my stomach as you guys describe. I cant afford to go have a test to see if i'm allergic. I dont have health insurance. :( 

well, i have to assume it is the high sugar content (although it is the natural sugar from the fruit).  this fruit is high on gi chart, meaning it is high in sugar.  like the lactose intolerant, they are advised to drink "lactaid" milk, which esseciantly is skim milk.  skim milk has no fat and less sugars (occuring from the high fat content of whole milk).  yeah, i was advised by my son's doc about the milk and bananas.  my son can tolerate 2% milk in school but was unable to deal with the 'pain' that the whole milk in my house caused him.  again, i learned of this through a doctor.  maybe he is right/wrong.  all i know is i stopped eating bananas because of the discomfort.  didn't like it- at all.

Are you eating bananas that are still at all green? I have heard that if you eat nanas that are still a bit green or only yellow they can cause GI issues. The thing I read said that the issues are caused by the starch in the banana and if you eat them after they have begun to spot those starches have been converted to sugar and won't bother your tummy as much (which may explain why the plantain trial didn't work for you, lilyhernandez, as they are even more starchy). They don't have to be heavily spotted, just as soon as spots start to appear. (I hate mushy nanas!)

I'd be interested in hearing if this works or not. I love bananas and (so far) they don't cause me any problems so I can't experiment on myself.

ETA: Can you eat banana bread? Since it's usually made with VERY ripe bananas if that bothers you I'd guess it a general reaction to bananas themselves. If it doesn't bother you then I'd lean more toward an issue with the starch in not-quite-ripe nanners.

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Take a Zyrtec. I believe you can get it over the counter now. It will help with mild fruit allergies.

Original Post by oxymoron00:

I totally relate to this!


It's almost an acid-like feeling...?

For folks (OP specifically) who would describe their pain as acid-like/heartburn: try drinking a very small amount of diluted apple cider vinegar prior to eating, and see what happens. Bananas neutralize stomach acid, which can cause the LES to relax thus allowing stomach acid and bile into the esophagus. Apple cider vinegar is, obviously, very acidic and may prevent this from occurring.

Won't help those of you who are feeling nauseous, though. Sorry.

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I hope I am not late in offering advice. I too have problems eating bananas. As a child, I used to eat them practically everyday and had no trouble. In my 30's, I started having terrible stomach aches that would last for days after eating bananas. I stopped eating them for years. Since I love bananas and couldn't say goodbye forever,  I tried various remedies and finally found that Beano works! Beano is an over the counter enzyme supplement you can buy at the grocery store.  I think it is usually used for gas associated with eating various beans and vegetables. I take 3 tablets just before eating a banana and I don't have any problems. If I forget to take the tablets and eat a banana, my stomach will start hurting. At that point, I will take the tablets and the pain will go away.  I am in no way connected with this product. It just helps me and I don't know of another one like it.

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well, i have to assume it is the high sugar content (although it is the natural sugar from the fruit).  this fruit is high on gi chart, meaning it is high in sugar.  like the lactose intolerant, they are advised to drink "lactaid" milk, which esseciantly is skim milk.  skim milk has no fat and less sugars (occuring from the high fat content of whole milk).  yeah, i was advised by my son's doc about the milk and bananas.  my son can tolerate 2% milk in school but was unable to deal with the 'pain' that the whole milk in my house caused him.  again, i learned of this through a doctor.  maybe he is right/wrong.  all i know is i stopped eating bananas because of the discomfort.  didn't like it- at all.

 Lactaid milk and skim milk are not the same thing. Skim milk still has considerable levels of lactose in it. Lactaid milk has lacTASE added to it, which is the enzyme that breaks down lactose. Lactose-intolerance means that one's body cannot produce enough lactase to break down the lactose sugars - therefore, lactase is supplemented in the beverage in order to break it down for you. It's not the same thing as drinking skim milk.

I have this issue with bananas also. Unfortunately, I still eat them from time to time because they're the easiest fruit to eat - no juicy mess, easy to peel, easy to carry around, taste wonderful, etc. Plus I really like to put them in my cereal with vanilla soymilk.

I would always notice that when I'd be eating a lot of bananas, I'd get these awful stomach aches - not so much a nauseating feeling, more like a feeling of excess gastric acid or something. Also, bananas that are on the riper side tend to induce an extremely mild but noticeable anaphylactic response that is pretty consistent. Yet, I still refused to accept that my regular consumption of bananas was the culprit of all the aches and pains.

Reading this has forced me to believe beyond a shadow of a doubt that the bananas are responsible for this, after seeing how common it is.

Shall we create a support group for letting go of our favourite fruit? Lol.

When she said it was above her belly button that would mean that it is actually in her stomach that she is feeling the pain and not down in her bowels.  Alot of things can affect our bowels after we eat them but some things affect our Stomach and yes that would be the acid I think.. Im like that if I eat too many raw carrots on an empty stomach.. Im ok as well if I have it with something but sometimes I like to have raw carrots in my lunch bag for the snack I need when im am empty.. I avoid carrots..

I used to and then a veryold woman told me to make sure I remove the bottom plug of the banana.  When you peal it there is a little pointy piece at the very bottom  it has like a black or gray core that goes into the banana.  I now take this off and I can eat them without any side effects.  Hope this helps

Does anyone know about this end piece on a banana.. wow.. food is certainly an interesting topic.

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