• Question: my mum said if you eat to many bananas you can die, is this true :O, why do people sell them though, they're are MEAN

    Asked by gina08 to Daphne, Darren, Jon, Katherine on 21 Mar 2012.
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      Darren Logan answered on 21 Mar 2012:

      In theory, this is true but in reality it would be very difficult to eat enough bananas to have that effect.

      Bananas are pretty high in potassium and so if you ate enough of them you risk ovderdosing (a condition called hyperkalemia). However, you would probably have to eat somewhere in the region of 50-200 bananas in a pretty short time. Its very unlikely you could do that without being sick and thus throwing up all the potassium!

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      Daphne Ng answered on 21 Mar 2012:

      Of course if you ate nothing but bananas, you would die from malnutrition as your body requires other nutrients such as protein to keep it healthy.

      However, if eaten in moderation, bananas are a good source of potassium which your body needs. Besides, bananas taste great!

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      Katherine Haxton answered on 21 Mar 2012:

      If you eat too much of anything you can die! You need a lot of different types of food to be healthy and fit.