It’s sometimes said that eating a lot of of bananas at once could be dangerous – it has even been suggest that eating more than six in one sitting could kill you. Can this be true?
No. And yay BBC News for this ridiculous headline.
According to this piece, comedian Karl Pilkington popularized this idea. Pilkington is well-known as being Ricky Gervais’ “idiot”, a role it’s not clear if he acts or lives.
“Before when you were talking about bananas… I had that fact, about if you eat more than six, it can kill you,” he said in one of his conversations with Gervais and fellow comedian Stephen Merchant.
“It is a fact. Potassium levels are dangerously high if you have six bananas… I saw a bowl of bananas. There’s six bananas there. You know why there’s only six? Seven would be dangerous.”
People should not get their science from celebrities. DN tipster Clive Bartram tells us how misleading this BBC headline is. “It should read : ‘eating six bananas a day will not kill you’ (unless you have kidney failure). Not quite so eye grabbing though!”
Low potassium is bad and high potassium is bad. But a normally functioning person can eat 7 bananas without harm although it’s not clear why you would want to do that. Everything in moderation is best.
Perhaps six bananas are there because they aren’t so fresh after a few days so to buy more would be wasteful? That’s more practical than 7 will kill you. Silly, Karl. But maybe that was the point. We shouldn’t be taking such silliness so seriously.