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I’m going to talk about bananas, bananas and yeast infection. Bananas and gut problems.
Bananas and digestive problems. I often get the question, Eric, can I eat bananas when
I’ve got a Candida yeast infection? Or I’ve got digestive problems. I’ve got SIBO. I’ve
got gas. I’ve got bloating. I’ve got heartburn. I’ve got reflex. Whatever. Can I eat bananas?
Bananas are one of the worst foods you can eat if you’ve got a digestive problem. I’m
going to explain why. There are many reasons why they’re not good.
I just had an interesting look at the 30 Bananas a Day website or this sort of raw vegan girl
who says that she got rid of her Candida on a high fruit diet. Well, she is going to be
one of those rare few people that may have got rid of her Candida by eating fruit. In
fact, she may not have even had Candida at all. It may have been something entirely different.
But I can tell you now for the vast majority of people I see, bananas are not a good food
at all with digestive problems. When they’re ripe, they contain a lot of sugar. When they’re
green, they contain a lot of starch, so the sugar content of a banana varies considerably
according to how ripe it is. The thing I have with bananas is they seem
to be on a very high allergy potential list as well, so pineapples and bananas are fruits
which can show quite a lot of allergenic potential for people. So if you’ve got leaky gut or
suffer from dysbiosis or poor bacteria levels, and particularly, if you’ve got any kind of
issues with food allergies like milk , dairy, gluten, egg allergies, whatever kind of allergies,
and you eat bananas as well, you’re just going to throw another one on top of the pile. It
would just create more problems than it’s worth.
Why I’m not a big fan about bananas also is because they tend to feed up the dysbiotic
bacteria. When you stop eating bananas, particularly if you’re eating one or two per day, you’ll
find that your level of gas will go down. They cause lots of bloating with people and
gas. Some people say that the green bananas, however,
the plantain bananas or the green ones are okay cooked in coconut milk, and I think that
they probably are okay if they’re green and cooked in coconut milk, which is an antifungal.
It’s quite a good idea to try that out if you find that you really want bananas, you
crave them, try the green plantain bananas. These are not the yellow ones that we normally
see in the fruit shop. People from Tonga and Samoa in the Pacific Islands know what plantain
bananas are, they’re quite common and they would be commonly cooked up in coconut cream
or milk and often with fish as well. This is quite a healthy food to have.
There are certain fruits that you can have on the Candida Crusher, the diet that I’ve
put together for people just like you that are watching this video. I find that green
apples, Granny Smith apples, are usually quite okay to have. One per day is not usually a
problem. I also find pomegranate good and blueberries. And many people can get away
with eating one kiwi fruit per day. However, the fruits that you need to be very careful
of are things like grapes and melons like the high sugar ones. Lots of fructose and
sucrose can cause a lot of problems with various kinds of bad bacteria and dysbiotic bacteria
in the bowel. I don’t really think that they’re a good prebiotic
food either – many fruits like bananas – unless you’ve got good levels of beneficial bacteria
in your gut or if you eat a lot of fermented foods and cultured foods like kefir and a
quality sour yogurt or Kim Chee. If you have foods like that in your diet regularly and
you suffer minimal from bloating and gas, you probably could get away with bananas,
but then don’t eat it too ripe. You need to experiment with bananas to see if they’re
good or bad for you. But I can tell you now, the majority of patients
I’ve seen “and that includes thousands of people for many years”just feel like crap
when they eat bananas when they’ve got digestive problems. And the old saying, “Bananas are
like gold in the morning, silver with lunch, and lead at night.” If you are going to eat
bananas, try to have it with breakfast rather than with dinner at night.
I like bananas, too, I’ve got a healthy digestive system, and particularly when I was in Australia,
I used to grow a lot of bananas. They’re delicious when they’re picked just at the right stage
and mixed with a bit of lemon juice and served up with some pineapple and passion fruit and
other fruits in a fruit salad. But I tend to really keep away from bananas now because
I live in New Zealand and they don’t really grow them here. They import them from South
America and countries like that. They pick them green and ripen them with ethylene gas.
I’m not a big fan of fruits that have been artificially ripened. I prefer to grow my
own fruits like peaches and plums and apples. I pick them off the tree when they’re ripe
rather than have fruits that are semi-ripe. I hope that explains a little bit about bananas
and Candida. I don’t really think they’re a good food if you’ve got gut problems or
a yeast infection. But I think that for a person with a healthy digestive system, I
don’t really see them to be a problem, particularly, if you have no allergies against bananas.
Thanks for tuning into my video today.