Avocados, Bananas, Kiwis = stomach pain?

by 1078 · February 24, 2014 at 03:16 PM

This is something I have dealt with most my life. And I'm not talking like an annoying ache. I mean full on, screaming, ripping-your-guts kind of pain.

I don't eat them so no need to tell me that part, heheh.

But I've always wondered why these particular foods cause such distress? Is it a particular protein that connects them all? Most health professionals I have asked in the past have given me the "I-dunno" shrug time and time again. One doctor did suggest some issue in relation to latex, but I'm not allergic to latex.

Anyway, I trust the knowledge and scientific fervor of this community, so I figured why not ask here? Does anyone else have this problem?

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5330 · July 14, 2011 at 07:03 PM

I also found myself getting very ill from Avocados and I know that you can be allergic to them. I did a little research and found a perfect answer for you!

Avocado allergy can take two different forms: one associated with allergy to tree pollen, such as birch, and another type associated with latex allergy. People with birch-pollen allergy can develop symptoms either immediately or up to 1 hour after eating fresh avocado or an avocado-containing food. Symptoms comprise local reactions in the mouth and throat with itching and inflammation (called oral allergy syndrome, OAS).

Others develop an avocado allergy because of the similarity between the allergens in avocado and natural rubber latex (e.g. gloves, condoms, balloons) a condition known as the latex-fruit syndrome. Symptoms developed by these individuals comprise generalised urticaria, abdominal pain, vomiting and sometimes life-threatening symptoms. These individuals may also develop adverse reactions to chestnut, banana, mango and kiwi.

I can eat mangos, kiwi, and banana just fine, though I have never eaten a ton of those fruits. If I have guac on my chipotle I feel like I'm going to implode.

10 · August 30, 2013 at 10:15 PM

Okay you guys. I can't believe nobody here has figured this out. First of all, DOCTORS ARE IDIOTS and they know little-to-nothing about nutrition.

There is a common connection between bananas, avocados, mushrooms, kiwi, tomatoes, and MUCH more, even alcohol (especially red wine). The answer is HISTAMINE. They all contain high amounts of histamine and you are reacting to it. Yes there is an enzyme that addresses this, though my experience with it has not been great. It is called Diamine Oxidase, expensive and often hard to find.

My suggestion is to google the keywords "histamine intolerance" to learn all about it. I can pretty much guarantee that you will see foods here on the no-no list that you have difficulty digesting or reacted to in the past in some way. Histamine intolerance manifests in many ways so no two people have the exact same symptoms.

You have Histamine Intolerance which is a little different than an allergy. Now go tell your doctor to go jump in a lake. You can thank me later.

10 · March 29, 2013 at 11:19 PM

I'm online seeking information because the last 3 times I've eaten avacado I suffered tremendously from stomach pain. The first time there was some avacado in sushi, the second time I ate 3/4 of an avacado (something I'd done a few times before without problems) and just the other night I ate about 1/4 cup of a spread that included cubed avacado. Each time my stomach pain has been worse with this week's being almost unbearable for 4 to 5 hours. In reflecting I also think that the last time I had a migraine (2 years ago) was probably the last time i ate avacado before the three times I' ve mentioned here. i also struggle with bananas and almonds. Sometimes I can eat these without a problem but usually I get pain somewhere in the range of terrible gassy-bloating to outright having to cancel plans because it hurts so much ( that day I had eaten a banana and almonds as a snack when I was super duper hungry.) after the reading I've done here I'm onvinced that my recent problems were caused by the avacado and I will no longer eat it. Thanks to others for doing the painful experimenting because that's what I was going to do but your posts have convinced me I don't have to I'll just avoid avacado.

48 · February 22, 2013 at 12:46 AM

Dawn, I'm having the same reaction from a single bite of broccoli at lunch – after not having it for YEARS, because I know it does this to me! But it smelled so good, I thought I'd try again. Argh.

Try some very strong mint herbal tea, or a few drops of bitters, if you have them. Sip it, don't chug it. It's not an instant fix but it usually helps me!

Good luck & feel better!


10 · August 17, 2012 at 04:04 AM

About 3 or 4 years ago I found myself getting severe abdominal pains on a daily basis. It got so bad one day that I actually found myself passing out and my right arm and hand had unbelievable pins and needles. I thought I was having a stroke. I went to my doctor and she ran all kinds of tests, including an abdominal ultrasound, but couldn't find anything wrong. At the time, although I didn't put it together, I was eating avocado every day. After much internet research I found several people who seemed to have the same symptoms I was getting, and the common denominator was avocado. I stopped eating it immediately and within a few days the pains went away.

Fast forward to this year, I had decided I was going to have a cobb salad, which includes avocado, at a restaurant. There were no adverse affects so I thought the problem was solved. Unfortunately a couple of weeks later, I had another dish which had avocado, and within an hour or so those same pains were back again. They weren't as bad as before, but enough for me to realize that I had to stay away from avocado altogether.

0 · February 24, 2014 at 03:16 PM

I too experience the horrific "I want to rip my guts out and die" pain whenever I eat high and med-high potassium foods: avacados, bananas, mushrooms, spinach, blackberries, watermelon, squash, chick peas, etc. as well as potassium-based food preservatives. I have potassium-aggravated myotonia congenita (it runs in my family), and wonder if some others here might have the same? It is very difficult to diagnose as there are not really blood tests for it. Really, your family history and the symptoms you experience are what are used for a diagnosis. Anyway, maybe this is an answer for some folks here as well.

0 · February 24, 2014 at 03:12 PM

I have potassium aggravated myotonia congenita, runs in my family, and experience "I wish for a quick death" stomach pain whenever I eat: avacados, mushrooms, chickpeas, squash, watermelon, bananas, blackberries, spinach....any foods high or med-high in potassium. Also must avoid any preservatives that are postassium-based. Perhaps this could be an answer for some folks here as well?

0 · August 16, 2013 at 07:39 PM

I have had my most severe reactions with Avocado and it is just like the other posts severe stomach pain for 4-5 hours. To the point I almost went to the ER. I started noticing the same type of feeling, although not as severe, when I would eat bananas. I made an appointment with an allergist who did all the allergy testing and said that I was very allergic to Avocado, Banana and Kiwi and prescribed me an epi pen saying that in these instances and with each encounter the reaction would likely become worse and could cause Anaphylactic Shock and prescribed me an epi pen. So this can be very serious and you should consult an allergist. I also had to have a latex blood test done to see if I was also allergic to latex. I, too, like many others used to eat bananas and avocados with no problem until after the birth of my 1st child in my late 20's.

0 · August 15, 2013 at 01:42 AM

I JUST started with the avacado pain. I have not been able to eat bananas in years along with, almost all berries, a lot of raw veggies, tomatoes are by far the worst though. I can eat a few bites of most of these things and be fine, but more than that and I am in trouble. I also get it from oil based salad dressings and anything high is preservatives. I have seen so many doctors, had an endoscopy and biopsy done, had my gallbladder checked, tried tons of different meds and also saw a nutritionist. NO answers from anyone. All anyone can tell me is what it isn't! It isn't my gallbladder, it isn't cancer, it isn't: on and on and on. I have always been able to eat avocados right up until yesterday and again tonight, which makes no sense at all. None of the stuff that gives me this pain has anything in common. I get an intense pain above my belly button and below my rib cage. It is in my actual stomach. It is almost like it is being squeezed and ripped out. I feel totally bloated, have chills and a hot flash sensation. It destroys me while it is there. I can't function at all. It is definitely not a heart burn type of problem and nothing even similar to heartburn. I read above that someone didn't experience it during pregnancy, that is the only time since this started that I felt some kind of relief. I hate this and just want an answer. I would love to be able to eat a normal fruit salad or even a regular salad.

0 · August 14, 2013 at 02:23 AM

I just ordered a burrito without guacamole, but they accidentally left it on. I scraped off what I could but I was so hungry I ate it anyway. I have been in horrible pain for 2 hours. I havent eaten avocados in many years, but the pain is as fierce as ever. I also have rosacea and my face and forehead are flaring up.

I used to eat avocados like crazy as a kid. Loved how they tasted, loved the creamy texture. Now even the thought of the taste of avocado makes me sick to my stomach. I DESPISE the taste. The pain is that bad.

I've talked to many doctors about this and they deny that it is a latex allergy since I have never had a reaction to latex gloves.

The doctors in the US are clueless.

0 · August 02, 2013 at 10:38 PM

I just googled and found this page..I'm glad I'm not alone in this..Just ate half an avacado and 20 minutes later I am in severe pain...Hope it passes soon..Sometimes when I eat avacado I feel a little nauseaus but I didn't put two and two together..I ate really clean today and it's the only thing I ate within the last 5 hours so I know it's the avacado.

0 · July 29, 2013 at 05:53 AM

I had my gallbladder removed about 5 years ago after an ER visit for these exact problems! If course the removal of my gallbladder did NOT solve the problem. Now finding out its just an allergy kind of ticks me off.

3512 · July 07, 2013 at 10:39 PM

I have been feeling some intense fatigue after eating avocadoes. I was blaming it on fat, but a bit of experimentation lead me to avocado. Shame I really really like them. Could be a reaction to a compound in avocadoes. Salicytates maybe?

0 · July 07, 2013 at 02:56 PM

Wow! I'm amazed at how close these stories are to mine! I also used to eat both avocado and banana when I was young with no issue. Then one day I ate a banana and got a hive on my lip, never touched a banana again after that and the smell of them makes me nauseous. I've been dying to try bananas foster thinking that maybe going the cooking makes them tolerable but I haven't been able to work up the guts. Avocado was more of a process for me I ate a couple of things with avocado that made my lips tingle and gave me asthma before I realized that I was allergic. Then I shared a bowl of fresh table side made guacamole with my mom thinking it would just make my lips itch. I was in bed the entire next day in horrible pain until I threw up that night, I never touched avocado again even asking for it to be removed from dishes in restaurants. Then yesterday my mom gives me a little taste of a dessert that has an avocado puree thinking it'll be fine it's just a tiny taste but I woke up this morning completely nauseous, and I'll probably be uncomfortable the whole day, I'm just hoping I don't throw up.

0 · July 03, 2013 at 07:28 AM

I stumbled upon this while looking around for recipes using bananas thinking it might be interesting to try substituting bananas with avocados. I'm actually eating guacamole and corn chips right now - my heart bleeds for those with avocado allergies and I felt this was unacceptable.

I can't attest to the efficacy of this suggestion, but at some point I stumbled upon it. Antihistamines before consumption of avocado may decrease the likelihood of an adverse reaction. Try it at your own risk and know that I'm hoping it works for you. Avocados are really good and one shouldn't let them go without a fight.

0 · May 21, 2013 at 12:31 PM

once again thought hmm I might try a bit of avocado on my toast tonight and see if it still gives me severe stomach cramp. its been awhile... and sure enough about an hour afterwards that familiar pain started! and its just easing now nearly 4hours later. dammit I love you and hate you avocado! only started effecting me about a year ago and im 34, so i thought that seemed abit weird as I have always loved them and had no problems in the started to happen with my younger brother last year also which seemed odd, but at least I wasn't the only one as i felt like abit of a freak for awhile having looked on this site its seems more common than I would've thought... kind of relieved to read other similar stories and sad at the same time as no more avo's for me...... will miss those slimey little green beauties..:(

0 · May 18, 2013 at 12:17 AM

Is there not some kind of digestive enzyme that we can't eat beforehand to midigate any side affects????

0 · May 18, 2013 at 12:16 AM

I get severe pain eating avocado. A raw foodist made me raw was spicy. I never thought to ask until after I ate there avocado in it? I called her and she said yes. it usually takes an hour or two to get the severe vomiting which goes away after about 3 hours. Waited...waited...and no reaction!!!! The raw foodist says the spices counteract it. Since then, I've thought about testing the theory again...but as concerned I was not sick only cause I did not have it for while...but if I have it regularly again, I'll start to get sick again. The pain is absolutely terrible for 3 hours non-stop...but I love avocado. No reaction to bananas, kiwis....but I do not eat them much.

0 · May 17, 2013 at 05:10 PM

It is the craziest thing! Severe abdominal pain, feel flushed, woozy, light headed about 30 min after eating banana. Started in my 20's. Now i get the same symptoms with avacado and mushrooms. Seriously some of my favorite foods. Every once in a while I will try a bite of avacado.. and once in a while I get away with it.. but when I don't, UGH so sorry I tried! I wish it had a name and a remedy!

0 · May 16, 2013 at 05:43 PM

The only thing that helps me with this (I have banana and avocado problems, yet, with almonds, and ain't ABOUT to try a kiwi, which i've not had before) is over-the-counter Prilosec which you can get the generic, omeprazole, anywhere. I get it at walmart. It says take one tablet (20 mg) which didn't help, but my sister-in-law had 40 mg tablets that were prescribed by her doc and I was in intense pain once so I took one and it helped IMMEDIATELY (well, 20-30 minutes, anyway). So now, I just take 40 mg of the over-the-counter if I have a problem. Hope this helps someone!

0 · May 11, 2013 at 05:33 AM

I have this problem with avocados and bananas, I'm comforted to know I'm not alone! I've been to the doctor and he can't find anything wrong with me physically, so I think it must be an allergy/sensitivity. Try laying on a heating pad, it's the only thing that helps me, just don't burn your skin! My heating pad is my best friend when I get a bout of this!

0 · May 04, 2013 at 09:59 PM

Ever since I got pregnant with my first child, I have been unable to eat bananas, avocado and raw mushrooms. I don't know why but they give me severe abdominal pain. I can eat cooked mushrooms but not raw. Crazy!

0 · April 30, 2013 at 10:56 PM

Almonds, bananas, mangos, kiwis, and avocados for me. It could be that they all have ridiculous levels of potassium. In my case it's that I have naturally high potassium levels and if my diet contains more potassium than I can handle my body hates me and my stomach hurts so bad.

nhpm900 -- an overdose of potassium can cause a stroke. You might want to check that out.

0 · April 29, 2013 at 11:45 PM

I haven't been able to eat banana's for years because of the horrific stomach pains I used to get. Then I started getting the same reaction from eating avocado. It wasn't as intense as eating a banana, but still pretty bad and it lasts for hours. Now I am having the same issue with almonds. Does anyone have an almond issue as well?

0 · February 22, 2013 at 12:21 AM

I am experiencing this right sucks!!! It happened a few weeks ago when I had a Taca salad, wasn't sure if it was the cheese, lettuce or avocado. Well, today I ate a whole avocado as a snack and 20 min later I am in the same gut-wrenching pain and feel woozy. It sucks cause I know it lasts at least 4 hours! Anyone know of anything to calm my stomach and ease the pain? I have a meeting in a couple of hours!

0 · February 21, 2013 at 12:05 AM

I have experienced the same thing. I don't remember having problems with bananas as a child..but horrible stomach pains if I eat one now...same as avocado and kiwis are a crap shoot but I don't eat a lot of them anyways... I was very interested to see other people having the same problems. I always thought it was so weird because bananas are purported to be so easy on the stomach and part of the BRAT diet.

0 · February 09, 2013 at 07:18 PM

I cannot eat bananas, kiwi, avocados without horrible pain! My lips tingle if I blow up balloons as well. Never made the connection. Also have this same reaction if I eat eggs that aren't cooked in something. Scrambled eggs will put me to bed in horrible pain the same as those fruits. Funny thing is I had no adverse reaction to eggs when I was pregnant. Odd allergies!! I'm also allergic to all trees and grass pollen. No fun!!

0 · November 26, 2012 at 07:18 AM

Probably coming in very late here but maybe this will help someone. I started eating avocados as a very young child-they were my moms favorite so we all grew up on them. Never had a problem. Then at age 22,when pregnant with my second child,I starte getting horrible stomach pains any time we ate at our favorite Mexican restaurant. I thought it was the salsa,the beans or something-anything but the guacamole. But I finally tried eliminating that and no problem. So I would ask for "no guacamole" but sometimes they would forget and put it on anyway. No big deal,I can just scrape it off. But I soon found that that didnt work-just the tiniest speck of it would put me in agony for 3-4 hours.Every couple of years I would try again and pay the price so I gave up. Then,after 20 years,I gave it a try and wow! No problem. I have been eating it since with never a problem. Until tonight. Hubby made guacomole,I had some with chips and BAM. I was in bed for four hours in terrible pain. This is after 20 years of eating it without a single problem. I am pretty sure I will never try it again. But how weird is it that this seems to be something that changes with me every 20 years? By the way,have never had a problem with any other foods or latex,although bananas did one time bother me just a tiny bit. I have never been big on bananas though so maybe I just never ate them enough to develop the allergy to them. I was a Phlebotomist for a time and so wore latex gloves every day but never a problem. Such a baffling allergy.

578 · October 02, 2012 at 05:59 PM

Might be FODMAPS or Fructose malabsorption.

0 · October 02, 2012 at 05:07 PM

Thanks for that link! I get the same reaction from both bananas and avocado. It took some experimenting to figure it out...painful experimenting...but at least now I know to avoid them both. I'm glad to hear it's not just me. People look at me funny when I say that I'm allergic to them. :S It's strange though, as a kid, I ate bananas very frequently and never had any reaction. It's only since I was about 25 that I noticed the symptoms. Avocados however, I never tried until around the same time. I'm still experimenting with garlic too. It might have given me the same reaction, but I wasn't keeping track carefully enough. Typically I just try to avoid large amounts of it to be on the safe side.

0 · August 30, 2012 at 04:03 PM

Several years ago I started having severe stomach pains and vomiting whenever I ate bananas. Recently I started having the same pains every time I ate an avocado. This really sucks because I love them both. I know they are in the same family as latex and as I am a nurse I am really hoping I don't develop an allergy to it as well.

0 · August 17, 2012 at 04:20 AM

I too experience horrible gut pains shortly after eating avocados. As a kid I had no problem but now as an adult I have to be really careful I personally believe this to be a genetic predisposition because both my mom and brother have the same avocado allergy.

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