Bananas are a great snack. Neatly packed into one serving. They are good raw, cooked, in bread or on cereal. They have a lot of nutritional value.
But…bananas can be hard on your body. Eating bananas poses risks to your heart and waistline. There are even commonly prescribed medications that you should not take and then eat a banana. Bananas can cause serious allergic reactions.
In fact, you can’t eat another banana after reading this.
Not such dietary food
Bananas contain a lot of good nutrients, but they are not a diet food. Bananas are higher in calories than other fruits — they contain about 105 calories — and they also contain less fiber, so you won’t feel full for as long.
Bananas can be a great snack, but for the calorie counter, there are better snacks out there. They have a medium glycemic index, so diabetics may want to avoid them.
And you probably don’t want to eat too many bananas anyway!
If you’re allergic to aged cheeses like blue cheese or Parmesan, you may be allergic to tyramine. Tyramine is found naturally in protein-rich foods.
If you eat bananas, make sure you remove all of the stringy fibers. Banana peels are higher in tyramine and are a snack in some countries. If you travel, beware of banana peels in your meals!
Bananas are full of potassium which is good for the heart right? Read on.
Lots of potassium
Bananas are good for your heart in small doses. If you eat too many bananas, you may develop hyperkalemia. This means that you have too much potassium in your blood.
Hyperkalemia can lead to irregular heartbeat, muscle weakness, and temporary paralysis. Most people do not eat enough bananas to reach hyperkalemia. If you have kidney disease due to other comorbidities with high blood potassium or if you take potassium supplements, you may be at risk.
Not a good breakfast
If you feel drowsy after eating a banana in the morning, you are feeling the effects of tryptophan. This is responsible for the turkey sleeping after dinner.
Tryptophan slows down mental processes and reaction time. Add to that the muscle relaxation of all the magnesium found in bananas and you have a recipe for a good nap.
Try bananas at bedtime instead of cereal in the morning.
Make sure to brush our teeth afterwards. Bananas can be hard on the teeth.
Bananas and tooth decay
Bananas can be very healthy for the teeth. Calcium and Vitamin D strengthen bones and enamel.
The problem is that you’re leaving the starches and sugars on your teeth for too long. Eating too many bananas can temporarily change the pH level in your mouth and wear down the enamel.
Eat a banana, but be sure to brush afterward so you don’t damage your teeth! But don’t let bananas get on your nerves…
If you eat too many bananas and consume too much vitamin B6, your nerves can be damaged. You would have to take more than 500 milligrams of B6 to reach this level.
You should eat an entire diet of bananas in one sitting, but if you’re a banana fan, this can happen.
Could bananas be responsible for a runny nose?
People can be allergic to bananas. If you’re allergic to ragweed, you’re also likely to be allergic to bananas. Merely handling it can trigger symptoms.
If you can’t eat avocados, kiwi, tomatoes, bell peppers, or potatoes without itching or wheezing in your mouth, you should also eat bananas.
Bananas contain proteins that are very similar to natural latex. If you are allergic to latex, you may also be allergic to bananas.
Bananas may not be safe for children
A dangerous part of allergies is anaphylactic shock. It is a fatal disease that requires immediate emergency care.
If you are about to introduce fruits into your child’s diet, you need not worry about bananas. If your child (or you) has trouble breathing and feels dizzy after eating a banana (or any other food or medicine), get help right away.
Introduce bananas slowly and you can save a life! Or at least a stomach ache.
Do you suffer from stomach pain after eating bananas? There are many possible causes for this. Make sure the bananas are ripe. Unripe bananas contain starch, and your body has to work hard to digest that much starch.
Stomach pain after a ripe banana may indicate an allergy. It may also be due to a disorder or infection in the gastrointestinal tract.
You may want to talk to your doctor if stomach pain after eating bananas is new.
Bananas contain dangerous drug interactions
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration lists four categories of medications that you don’t want to mix with bananas.
Beta-blockers and ACE inhibitors are often contraindicated in patients with heart disease. It causes an increase in potassium in the blood. Eating bananas can lead to hyperkalemia.
Oxazolidinene and bananas can dangerously raise blood pressure.
Diuretics help you remove water, sodium, and chloride from your body. They are often prescribed to treat liver problems. Mixing it with bananas can lead to hyperkalemia.
Constipation and gas
Eating unripe bananas and all that starch can wreak havoc on your system. Conversely, a deliciously ripe banana can liven things up!
If you eat enough unripe or overripe bananas, you may experience sudden bloating. Your body needs fiber to function properly. It does not require a lot of fiber at once or if you are not used to eating a lot of fiber.
Bananas can be a very good snack. Just keep in mind the risks of eating bananas or giving them to children.
Don’t count on bananas to help you lose weight. Always tell your doctor if you are taking any of the medications listed for interactions. And whatever you do, don’t eat too many bananas! Your body will not thank you and you may end up with a stomach ache or even a trip to the emergency room.