Bananas are a great snack food. They are perfectly packaged in single serving sizes. They are delicious raw, cooked, with bread or cereal. They are very nutritious.
But…bananas have a powerful effect on your body. Eating bananas is risky for your heart and waistline. There is a popular recipe for bananas that you should never drink and then never eat. Bananas can cause severe allergic reactions.
In fact, you may never eat a banana again after reading this.
Not that kind of diet
Bananas contain a lot of useful substances, but they are not a diet. Bananas are high in calories compared to other fruits, about 105 calories and low in fiber, so you won’t feel full for long.
Bananas may be a good snack, but there are better snacks for calorie counters. They are in the middle of the glycemic index, so people with diabetes may want to avoid them.
You probably don’t want to eat a lot of bananas anyway!
If you are allergic to aged cheeses such as blue cheese or Parmesan, you may be sensitive to tyramine. Tyramine is found in protein-rich foods.
If you are eating a banana, make sure that every stringy piece is removed. Banana peels are high in tyramine and are a popular snack in some countries. If you’re traveling, make sure you have banana peels in your meals!
Bananas are full of potassium, which is good for your heart, right?
Too much potassium
Bananas are good for your heart in small doses. If you eat too many bananas, you may develop hyperkalemia. This means you have too much potassium in your blood.
Hyperkalemia can cause irregular heartbeat, muscle weakness, and temporary paralysis. Most people do not eat enough bananas to develop hyperkalemia. You may be at risk if you have kidney disease or are taking potassium supplements due to other conditions that cause high potassium levels in the blood.
Not a good breakfast
If you’re sleepy after a morning banana, you’re feeling the effects of tryptophan. It’s responsible for the post-turkey dinner nap.
Tryptophan slows down mental processes and reaction time. All the magnesium in bananas will help you relax and get a good night’s sleep.
Try eating a banana before bed instead of breakfast cereal.
But don’t forget to brush your teeth afterwards. Bananas have a powerful effect on your teeth.
Bananas and tooth decay
Bananas are very healthy for teeth. Calcium and vitamin D strengthen bones and enamel.
The problem is that starches and sugars stay on your teeth for a long time. Eating large amounts of bananas can temporarily alter the pH level in your mouth, which can damage enamel.
Eat a banana, but make sure you brush your teeth afterwards to avoid damaging your teeth! But don’t let bananas get on your nerves…
If you eat too many bananas and consume too much vitamin B6, you can damage your nerves. To reach this level, you need to take more than 500 milligrams of B6.
You’ll have to eat a whole banana in one sitting, but that can happen if you’re a banana junkie.
Can bananas cause a runny nose?
People can be allergic to bananas. If you’re allergic to ragweed, you’re probably allergic to bananas. Only contact with them can cause symptoms.
If you can’t eat avocados, kiwis, tomatoes, bell peppers, and potatoes without itchy mouth and shortness of breath, you should eat bananas too.
Bananas contain proteins that are very similar to natural latex. If you are sensitive to latex, you may also be sensitive to bananas.
Bananas may not be safe for babies
The dangerous part of an allergy is anaphylactic shock. This is a potentially fatal condition and requires immediate attention.
If you are preparing to introduce fruit into your baby’s diet, try bananas. If your child (or you) has difficulty breathing or feels dizzy after eating a banana (or any food or medicine), seek immediate medical attention.
By gradually introducing bananas, you can save lives! Or at least a stomach ache
Stomach ache after bananas? There are several possible reasons for this. Make sure your bananas are ripe. Unripe bananas are high in starch, so your body has to work hard to absorb that much starch.
Abdominal pain after eating ripe bananas may indicate an allergy. It can be caused by gastrointestinal disorders or infections.
If your stomach pains come back after eating a banana, you may want to talk to your doctor.
Bananas have strong drug interactions
The FDA lists four types of drugs that it does not want mixed with bananas.
Beta-blockers and ACE inhibitors are usually contraindicated in cardiac patients
for liver and heart problems. Mixing these with bananas can cause hyperkalemia.
Constipation and gas
Eating an unripe banana and all that starch can shut down your system. Conversely, a nicely ripe banana can really get things moving again!
If you eat enough unripe or ripe bananas, you’ll suddenly experience gas. Your body needs fiber to function properly. If you are not used to eating a lot of fiber, this does not require too much fiber at once.
Bananas can be a great snack. Remember the dangers of eating bananas or giving them to babies.
Don’t rely on bananas to lose weight. Always talk to your doctor if you are taking any of the drugs on the interaction list. Whatever you do, don’t eat too many bananas! Your body won’t thank you and you’ll end up with a stomach ache or even a trip to the ER.