Bananas are a popular healthy snack for many people. For some people however eating bananas can result in uncomfortable abdominal pain (‘stomach ache/tummy ache’).
So what exactly causes abdominal pain after eating bananas?
Normally the reason for abdominal pain after eating bananas is due to a food allergy or intolerance. Often the symptoms do not occur straight away but several hours after ingesting bananas.
An allergy or intolerance develops when the body’s immune system reacts to a substance (e.g: chemical, protein etc.) in the banana. The exact reason why the immune system does this is unknown. As a result, when you eat bananas the immune system reacts and causes the release of chemicals which result in pain and inflammation.
The symptoms of allergies/intolerances are very variable and will depend on the severity of the immune system response. As a result its important to seek professional medical help if you suspect you are suffering from an allergy or intolerance!