Bananas don’t like me! Apples don’t care for me!
I don’t mean in the sense of a different ideology, but they really don’t like me!
Hey, what did those mass produced, heavily sprayed, frequently shipped fruit ever do to you?
Gas and bloating….every single time.
I must admit I like the taste of bananas and apples. I like the texture. I like the quick source of energy it supplies, but it’s a trade off for the bloating and gas.
I shouldn’t pick on bananas and apples exclusively as a cause of those symptoms but for the purpose of this post they are on the bulls-eye.
I always find it interesting when discussing food habits with clients and they keep eating certain foods that are obviously problematic to them.
Me: “Do you get gassy or bloated when you eat ____?”
“Yes, but I have always gotten gas and sometimes bloated – that’s normal.”
Me: Blank face – “So it’s normal to be bloated and gaseous after eating certain foods?”
More blank face.
“Oh, yeah but that’s normal.” they follow up with.
Becoming bloated and gaseous from the same fruit or other food should set off an alarm. Ok – maybe not an alarm but a windshield wiper fluid light at least.
Just because the magazine at the local grocery or a TV health expert has told you a food is great doesn’t mean you should eat it.
That goes for my advice too.
Sweeping statements of a particular food being mandatory for health is just flat wrong.
‘A vegetarian diet is best ‘ Colin Campbell (China Study)
‘A high protein and fat diet is best’ Dr. Atkins
‘Eat like hunter gatherers’ Loren Cordain (paleo diet)
All the above are different but also backed by numerous studies.
Don’t let a trendy diet lead you to eating a way that causes digestive stress. Sure there may be some initial issues like when people go back to meat or dairy after abstaining for some time. But chronic gas and discomfort is on the other end of the spectrum of health.
Like many foods they can be modified to ease potential GI stress. The recipes below are personal favorites. Not only does it taste good but it allows people who get gas and bloating from fruit to enjoy this nice desert without that aggravation.
The frying serves a purpose similar to pre-digestion. This allows this starch in bananas and pectin in apples to be received a little easier. Those who are sensitive to starch or get a blood sugar response due to starch will find this method of eating bananas more conducive to their body. Bananas are the highest starch fruit and may be the reason digestions can be compromised.
Hard fruit like apples, pears and bananas are common place in grocery stores year round but how much should the ease of shipping dictate your diet? Hard fruit won’t bruise and spoil as easy thus they tend to dominate the fruit racks.
The main culprit in apples is pectin.
Apples do have a higher percentage than other fruit (outside the peel of citrus fruit).
Pectin is generally considered a positive in many health circles but your digestion may disagree. Your digestion is better at deciphering what works best when compared to a store magazine.
Peeling the apples will reduce much of the pectin but cooking will further improve digestibility.
Some will argue that the negative reactions are from the chemicals sprayed on the crop. It is true in several countries plantation owners spend more money on agrochemicals than on their workforce. The knock against pesticides and herbicides may be conflicting but avoiding them surely isn’t harmful.
We tend to get caught in the mindset that if it’s natural or ‘real’ then it must be good for us.
For the most part, that would be sound advice. However there are a number of real food options that are more problematic than a 6 day old greasy burrito.
“Have you tried cooking the fruit before eating?”
“But doesn’t cooking destroy the nutritional value?”
Sort of. It will basically stay similar except for vitamin C which you can easily recoup with consumption of other fruit.
My question is won’t you eat more fruit if it doesn’t irritate your stomach?
Here’s a couple of quick recipes that are fast and tasty:
4 McIntosh apples, peeled and sliced (about 2 lb.)
- 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 tablespoon butter
- calories 128
- calories from fat 18
- fat 2 g
- sat fat 1.2 g
- mono fat 0.5 g
- poly fat 0.1 g
- protein 0.3 g
- carbohydrate 29.2 g
- fiber 1.3 g
- cholesterol 5 mg
- iron 0.6 mg
- sodium 21 mg
- calcium 25 mg
- Toss together first 4 ingredients in a large zip-top plastic bag, tossing to coat apples.
- Cook apple mixture, 2 Tbsp. water, and 1 Tbsp. butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, 8 to 10 minutes or until apples are tender.
Fried Bananas Reccipe
-1 teaspoon of coconut oil
-1 teaspoon of honey
-1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
Put coconut oil in frying pan on medium heat.Slice bananas horizontally or vertically (your preference) and add. Cook for approx 8-10 minutes or to desired browning. Remove and top with cinnamon and honey.
You can add ice cream, chocolate or whatever you fancy. This is a quick desert and tasty.