Is there such a thing as developing sudden intolerance to bananas?
My wife loves bananas, but has been unable to eat them for a few months without severe gut cramping and a sprint to bathroom with a toddler chasing after her. The other latex fruits like kiwis and avocados don't have any negative effects. Also the symptoms of fructose malabsorption don't fit the case either. Is this some kind of intolerance that can build up over time after cutting out major problems like gluten?
I have had banana intolerance for a while. I used to eat 1 banana everyday (I now know that we you eat too much of a food you can become allergic) until I ate an banana that wasn't fully ripe. Then I got some nasty stomach cramps and felt unwell to the point I thought I was gonna faint. I understood it was the under ripe banana. A couple days later I had a piece of ripe banana and the cramping started again. I didn't eat bananas for the next 6 months or so (did some gut healing in between (food allergies involved here but not to bananas)) and I was able to reintroduce bananas again in my diet. Hope this helps a little.
Is she by chance allergic to latex? There are a group of foods related to latex and you can have an allergy across the board or just a few. I can't tolerate bananas, cooked tomatoes, wheat, potatoes, tropical fruits, and for a time avocados. I've also had issues with foods I've eaten a lot of over time. A lack of cycling can bring on intolerance. That's how I was able to go back to having avocados. None for 6+ months.
Under ripened bananas can be a source of indigestible fiber. She should consider eating them when very ripe - blackened skins and almost opaque flesh. We are accustomed to eating them too young.
For some reason I must have gotten a 'bad' bunch of bananas, don't know how thats possible. Sent me to the ER twice in one week with redness, itching, swelling in the face!
After that I waited a month and tried another bunch and no problem. hmmm, odd because one peels the banana!! (thinking pesticides)
Every day I would walk to work and eat a banana. After an hour of arriving, I would get severe stomach pains that grew worse and worse each day. I finally figured out it was raw bananas that were causing these pains after I was sent home from work.
When I ate "Fried Bananas" (which are actually plantains) and cooked bananas, I wouldn't get the same reaction. I also have to order smoothies without bananas (which is a real hassle). Every six months or so I can get away with half of a banana, but I don't try and push it.
Like your wife, I have no other Latex related allergies. Though I do not enjoy avocados, I love kiwis and consume them regularly. If there is any way to get ride of this "intolerance" or "allergy", I would love it, as bananas USED to be my favorite fruit!
Almost 31 years ago when I was pregnant I developed an intolerance to eggs, bananas and avocados. Thinking I would be fine after delivery with hormone shifts or whatever, but no. To this day I can't eat bananas, although I tolerate them in baked goods. I'm now vegan so eggs aren't a problem. Avocados, small amounts smashed are kinda okay but cubed aren't. I am guessing something with the process of digesting is to taxing on the system. Smoothies are a problem for sure, at home I just freeze mangos and do the best I can with smoothies. Seems everyone has some food issues, hubby can't do tomatoes or onions.
I found this article because I was googling sudden allergy to bananas for myself. When I was a kid, my grams used to always put bananas in my cereal and I could remember a slight tummy ache but it wasn't like I had it every breakfast. Once I got older I didn't really go for bananas, I'd rather have apples or strawberries in season but right around when I was about 22 or so, I had a strawberry-banana smoothie with my boss because she was pregnant and having smoothie cravings. By the time we got back to work, I was having trouble breathing. I went to the ladies room and there was a welt on my face like I have been slashed with a whip or something. I was feeling feverish and had to ask to leave early. As I rode the subway home I was feeling a little weak at first but I didn't suspect I was going in to shock. A few stops from my get off, I started having trouble breathing to the point where each breath felt like I was barely getting oxygen and I was really ready to panic but I had grown up with asthma and I know the best way is to try to stay calm which I did. I guess it was pride that didn't let me freak out and ask someone for help but anyway here we are and I'm fine lol. Back to what I was saying.. I got off the subway and headed up to my car, I think I was never so glad to see a elevator that day, since I had parked on the top floor. Got in my car and called my grandma to tell her what was happening. Her house was near by so I went straight there and she had to shove a benedryl into my mouth when I nearly passed out in the doorway. My dad was also there, with my inhaler and I was alright but I never knew it was the banana that caused all of this until a few years later. I mean, I eat strawberries all the time, I used to eat bananas, there musta been something else in that shake. I never drank another smoothie again lol Fast forward to me at 24, I was slumber partying at my sis house, the next morning she gives me her half of a banana while she's making bacon and I took one bite and not even 30 minutes later my stomach started cramping like I've never felt. It was like it something was heated in my stomach and I started to get feverish all over again. Then my contacts started to get scratchy and so did my throat. It was much faster and way worse than the feeling the last time but I recognized it well cause I thought I was going to die. We jumped in my car and I had to pull over halfway to the hospital because I was starting to lose my sight because my eyes were swelling and messing with my contacts. She drove me the rest of the way. By the time we got to the hospital, I could barely walk or breath, my eyes were swollen, my mouth was swollen and it felt horrible. They saw me right away when I went in, I started throwing up in the trashcran. (Lol I remember the nurse saying "Yeah, that's banana") anyway, I spent about 3-4 hours in the hospital on a drip and then they let me go. I'm never going to eat a banana in my LIFE, not even banana bread or fake banana products. I check all my ingredients from now on.
Don't know if this will help any one, but last year I also started having this. I thought it was just weird every other time i ate a tiny bit of banana it would set off my tummy. At one time it was so bad i wanted to call the emergency services out at 2am.
After today's bout, which now i have confirmed, my manager made a lovely cake and she used banana as the filling, i have it ago, within 1 hour it had started. took 4-5 hours to wear off and that point i couldn't tell if i was hungry either.
Any thing with peppermint oil or peppermint will normally ease within 30 mins to an hour. I ended up buying Rennies today, or even senokot which also works.
According to a doctor, it can be the digestive system which will not digest for some reason. Also found out that it's better to burp, do not be sick as it'll make you worse. in the uk classes us "common ibs" or even better constipation this also the same, as i know once i been, I feel tons better but it's just that waiting time till which is awful.
Drink water if you can, i tried to eat my food today and it was in waves!
I'm not aware that i'm allergic to any thing else or intolerance, but funny thing before i used to eat bananas up to about 2 years ago and have a milkshake too.
it's not stomach cramps, it's muscle spasms which occur.
hope this helps x
also, don't eat over 9pm, (Otherwise not sleep and very pain full) I rated mine today, 8/10, and if you sleep 20/10 painful!!