A lot of people try to figure out which foods are better to consume when it comes to frequent heartburn. Bananas, the world’s most popular fruit, comes up in that conversation. But what can you do if one of your favorite foods might give you heartburn?
Keep reading to find out the causes of heartburn, whether bananas help or worsen heartburn symptoms, and how you can relieve your frequent heartburn.
What Is Heartburn?
First things first. What are we talking about when we say heartburn? Heartburn is that uncomfortable feeling that occurs when stomach acids flow up your esophagus.
When you experience heartburn, you might have a burning feeling in your chest or in your throat. There might also be a sour or acidic taste in your mouth. Heartburn can feel worse when you bend over or lie down.
So, Are Bananas a Heartburn Culprit?
Some people have concerns about whether bananas increase the risk of experiencing heartburn. The consensus is no, bananas have not been found to increase the risk of experiencing heartburn.
But here’s a question for you: How ripe are the bananas you’re eating?
Take a look again at the woman at the top of the page eating a banana. Notice the banana’s uniform bright yellow color? Notice no cute brown speckles?
When is a Banana Ripe?
According to medical scientists1 and banana growers2, that Cavendish banana is not at peak ripeness. A fully ripe banana has brown speckles. The
Chiquita Banana jingle from the 1940s states this clearly:
Chiquita banana and I've come to say
Bananas have to ripen in a certain way
When they are fleck'd with brown and have a golden hue
Bananas taste the best and are best for you
That’s not just a catchy tune, it’s also good advice because the banana’s ripeness affects how your body digests it.