Another key difference between a banana intolerance and an allergy is the severity of the symptoms. Food allergy symptoms are often quite severe and, in some cases, they can be life-threatening. With a banana intolerance the symptoms are much more varied and they are not life-threatening. They can, however, be considered “lifestyle-threatening” as they often make it difficult for a person to live his or her daily life without difficulty.
Due to the variety of the symptoms and the delay between eating the offending food and the symptoms appearing, many people have difficulties determining that they have a banana intolerance without assistance. These people frequently know that they feel unwell, but they are unable to recognize why. A person with a banana intolerance (or any food intolerance) may have lived with these symptoms for a long period of time and have “gotten used” to them.
What is a Banana Intolerance?
A banana intolerance can be a digestive intolerance or an immune intolerance. In the case of a digestive intolerance, a person will be unable to properly digest bananas or has an inability to properly process, absorb or metabolize bananas. With an immune intolerance, the body responds to the food with an immune response.
Some people have issues with the serotonin that is contained in bananas.
When someone has a banana intolerance, eating foods that contain bananas (or bananas themselves) cause issues. As mentioned earlier, these symptoms can vary from person-to-person and they are often delayed by quite some time.
Some people may be able to eat a small amount of bananas without experiencing any issues, but they may feel symptoms when eating a larger amount. Other people will feel food intolerance symptoms even after eating only a small amount of bananas. Some only experience symptoms when eating raw bananas while others will have issues with bananas regardless of how they are prepared.
People who have a banana intolerance should also watch out for any foods that may contain bananas. These foods can include cakes, breads, cookies and many other desserts.
Digestive Banana Intolerance Symptoms
Digestive banana intolerance symptoms and immune banana intolerance symptoms vary depending on the person. However, immune intolerance symptoms typically have much more variety attached to them. Each person will an immune banana intolerance will feel unwell after eating bananas, but these symptoms will manifest in a very individual way.
With a digestive banana intolerance, one of the most common symptoms is stomach pain and abdominal cramping. Stomach pain and a number of other stomach issues (excessive gas, bloating, cramping, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, etc.) are common banana intolerance symptoms.
Other digestive banana intolerance symptoms include headaches, skin redness and other skin issues, difficulty breathing and other issues. While common digestive banana intolerance symptoms exist, each person will experience intolerance symptoms differently. Not everyone will experience the same symptoms or symptoms of the same severity.
Banana intolerance symptoms typically appear several hours after eating bananas, but they can be delayed by up to a day or more in some situations. This delay also differs from person-to-person.
Banana Intolerance Treatment
A person with a banana intolerance can stop experiencing banana intolerance symptoms by removing bananas from his or her diet. This does not have to be a permanent change for most people. In many cases, a person can resume eating bananas at a later date without experiencing negative feelings. This should be done with the advice of a medical professional in order to ensure that symptoms do not return.
Bananas are a very healthy food as they contain a number of important vitamins and nutrients. If you are not eating bananas, you should ensure that you get these nutrients from other sources.
If you are avoiding bananas, it is important to check ingredient lists and to ask questions in order to ensure that the food you are about to eat does not contain bananas.