Why Can’t You Eat Bananas And Drink Sprite

Bananas and Sprite are both refreshing and tasty in their own right, but did you know it is widely believed that you can’t have both of them at the same time?

Eating bananas before then drinking Sprite is even a viral challenge taking the social world by storm as people try their best to not vomit.

Why Can't You Eat Bananas and Drink Sprite

The fact you’ve landed here would suggest you want to know if there’s any truth behind this story, or whether it’s simply a myth that’s caught your attention.

If you do, you’ve come to the right place. Today, we are going to tell you if it’s true or not, explaining what potentially causes vomiting, and what exactly the banana Sprite challenge is.

Before we get started, we advise you to steer clear of this challenge as it could cause discomfort.

Let’s take a look, shall we!

Can You Eat Bananas And Drink Sprite

While it is possible to eat a banana before then drinking a can or bottle of Sprite, it isn’t something you’ll want to do as it can have some pretty unpleasant side effects. Therefore, it can be argued that no, you can’t eat a banana before drinking Sprite.

Eating bananas before drinking Sprite can make you feel bloated, sick, and gassy. It can even lead to vomiting if you eat too many bananas or drink too much of the fizzy drink.

However, the reasons why bananas and Sprite don’t go well together may surprise you. We’ll touch on those now.

So, Why Can’t You Eat Bananas And Drink Sprite?

It is a popular belief that we can’t eat bananas and drink Sprite because there’s a chemical reaction that takes place, making us throw up. This belief is wrong.

The reason we can’t eat bananas and drink Sprite has nothing to do with any chemical reactions. Instead, it has everything to do with our digestive systems and how they operate.

An average human has a stomach capacity of approximately 500 ml. Solid foods will digest at a slower rate than liquids so when we eat a banana the transit of stomach contents slows.

To put it simpler, when you eat a banana, your stomach will stay full.

When you then drink a liter of Sprite on top of that, your stomach will be full or filled above its normal capacity, potentially causing the vomiting side effects that can be witnessed online.

Carbonated drinks also release gas once they’ve been consumed. This gas puts pressure on the stomach, making it hard to cope with both the banana and the fizzy drink.

This impacts the lower esophageal sphincter, stopping it from keeping the contents in the stomach. This is what then leads to vomiting, which is essentially the relieving of pressure.

Does The Number Of Bananas We Eat Impact Things?

Now you know the story is true, let’s start looking at some other things related to the consumption of bananas and Sprite at the same time. We’ll start by discussing whether the amount of bananas we eat plays a part.

In all honesty, there’s no simple answer to this question because bananas vary massively in size. One super-large banana might fill your stomach more than two small ones.

Why Can't You Eat Bananas and Drink Sprite

On top of that, everyone has different stomach capacities, so what might be too much for one person might not touch the sides of another.

Another consideration that needs to be made is the period of time between the bananas being consumed and the Sprite being drunk.

If you were to drink the Sprite an hour after eating the banana, the banana will already have started digesting, giving us more room for the liquid.

The banana Sprite challenge requires the challenger to eat two bananas quickly and then drink a liter of the fizzy drink. However, there is no time limit. Therefore, if the person drank the Sprite slowly, they might not vomit.

One thing we can say about how the number of bananas affects things is that the more bananas you eat in a short period of time, the more likely you are to throw up if you drink Sprite straight after.

It is also worth noting that both bananas and Sprite contain high levels of sugar so the more of both you have, the more likely it is for your body to reject the excess sugar.

Will You Vomit If You Eat Bananas With Other Fizzy Drinks?

Feeling sick and vomiting after eating bananas and drinking a fizzy drink is typically associated with Sprite. However, there is no logical explanation for this.

Sprite doesn’t create any more pressure in our stomachs than other brands of fizzy drinks. The same can be said about any carbonated drink and bananas.

In fact, there’s a good chance you’d throw up if you ate two bananas and followed it up with a liter of water because your stomach capacity probably wouldn’t be able to cope with it.

Having said this, it is believed that ginger ale combined with bananas can have less effect. Ginger ale is a natural anti-emetic so it actually soothes the stomach instead.

What Is The Banana Sprite Challenge?

So, what is the banana Sprite challenge?

The banana Sprite challenge is a bizarre viral challenge people set each other to see if they can eat bananas and drink Sprite without throwing up.

The aim of the challenge is to successfully eat two bananas before quickly drinking 1 liter of Sprite. If you vomit, you fail the challenge.

What’s interesting about this challenge is that most people don’t vomit and when they do it’s only because they’ve drunk too much Sprite too quickly.

While it may not be an extreme challenge that threatens your life, we strongly advise not taking part in the challenge as you could cause yourself some discomfort.

Final Thoughts

In this post, we have established that it is true that you can’t eat bananas and then drink Sprite.

However, we have also discovered that there is a range of variables that can impact how you feel and whether you vomit or not.

After reading our post, you should now know a lot more about eating bananas with any fizzy drink, not just Sprite. You should also know exactly what the crazy viral challenge is about and why you should ignore it.

At the end of the day, eating bananas and drinking excessive amounts of Sprite quickly isn’t something we normally do, so as long as you avoid the challenge, you should be fine.

Brett White
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