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I love apples; they're juicy and crisp and I would love to eat them more often; however, when I eat apples I can only get through about half of a large apple before my stomach starts to hurt. I don't eat anything else with it usually, but get the same result when I do. It almost feels like acid reflux. Is there anything in an apple that would cause this and is there a solution? Is it normal?
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I also get stomach aches and that acid feeling when i eat an apple. I also feel hungrier after eating one by itself so i always try to eat it with something. Somtimes i pair it with celery and light laughing cow cheese, eat a small container of dannon light n fit yogurt, put it in a salad or my fav. is to cut it up into slices, add cinnamon and microwave for about 1:15 minutes.  But i don't know why it happens. Mystery to me.
i just had this happen to me. i'd like to know too... and i'd like to know how to feel better because i'm really feeling ill right now.
I know a fair number of people who are allergic to apples... perhaps you have an intolerence to them?
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okay this happens to me too, doesn't stop me from eating them though... good to know im not the only one
The same thing happened to me last week, (I eat apples daily), like to the point where I couldn't walk. I think it was because my mom accidentally bought York apples instead of Fuji (which are just fine with my stomach).

Perhaps you should try another kind of apple, and see if you experience the same things and if the symptoms go away, try and fall in love with a new kind of apple.

Edit: Fiji = Country. Fuji = Apple. Got it.
Oh my goodness, this happens to me too. We don't have a lot of fruit to have for lunch, but there's always apples, so I pretty much force myself to eat a half of one everyday. My stomach is taking it a little better these days, but it used to be REALLY bad...
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My mouth always burns and itches a little while after I eat them, and they are a little hard on my stomach too.  I never heard of an allergy to apples...but I am with you, they are delicious.  I think I would take technicolor's advise and try a new kind of apple and see what happens....

This also happens to me whenever i eat apples. I think it's because it's so light on your stomach, and your stomach want's something more heavy. Why not try High fiber oatmeal in the mornings with sliced apples?
It's happened to me before too, same thing when I eat raw carrots as well. I used to eat granny smith's which would make my tummy hurt, but now I eat gala, fuji, braeburn, and one other kind, I can't think of the name, but none of those seem to upset my stomach.
Apples are acidic, so maybe your stomach just doesn't tolerate that kind of acid well. Most likely it happens with orange juice, too? Sometimes eating cheese/milk or some other protein with it helps.
I agree with shoeofkuribo's suggestion to eat a little protein with it.

I have at least three apples a day. I love them. But I find if I eat one on a very empty stomach, it just makes me feel hungrier or makes my stomach hurt.

Whenever I have one shortly after a meal, though, this is never a problem.

I took Technicolor's advice and tried a Fuji apple after eating a small meal of turkey, mashed potatoes and mixed vegetables (courtesy of Healthy Choice). I ate about 1/5 of a medium apple and became very nauseous and had to stop. It's usually not as bad with Granny Smith apples and I can eat more. Maybe I really do have some intolerance to apples. I'll keep trying other types to see if one is less reactive.

I never knew so many people had the same problem I do. Thanks for the advice. =)

i've decided i just sometimes eat very large apples much too quickly & that's what causes me to be uncomfortable. since i had that problem last week i've been making a conscious effort to eat them more slowly and have been fine. i've also been microwaving them with cinnamon, so i have to eat them more slowly because they're hot, and that seems to help.
You may have a fruit intolerance. I've known of some people who lived in poor health for years until they stopped eating fruits. After that they lived happy healthy lives.
I had the same stomach issues with apples and so I had some testing done. My tests showed that I can not have fruit and sugar within 4 hours of each other. That included citric acid,etc.. as fruit in prepackaged products and all cane sugars. The cause is because my body can not digest the fruit and sugars at the same time. The sugars digest first so the fruit sits in the stomach and ferments. I love apples too but my health came first so I have stopped eating them.
I get that with raw celery. If I eat it like I tried to last night foolishly, I just bring it back up again. I start feeling like I am going to vomit within 5 minutes and then I do. It is very odd. I can eat it cooked fine.
I get that with raw celery. If I eat it like I tried to last night foolishly, I just bring it back up again. I start feeling like I am going to vomit within 5 minutes and then I do. It is very odd. I can eat it cooked fine.

Some of you might be reacting to the chemicals that are sprayed on the fruit during the "cleaning" process that the produce co. and stores use.  There is a special soap that you can might also soak the fruit in some water. 

I also think that adding some protein like natural peanut butter or cheese as mentioned above is a really good idea.   If the problem persists I would go to an allergist - if you suspect a particular food as a problem, the allergist can test you for it and, since this food is very good for a body, can suggest 'cures' for you so that you can enjoy your fruit or veg/


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Apple allergy is a common form of oral allergy syndrome (OAS). If you experience tingling, itching or swelling of the lips, tongue and throat after eating raw apples (and you have pollen allergies) you may have OAS.

The proteins found in raw apples are similar to those found in birch pollen and mugwort pollen (a type of weed). Between 50 and 80 percent of people with birch pollen allergies react to raw apples.

The proteins in apples break down when cooked, so you may be able to tolerate applesauce or baked apples but not raw apples.

OAS symptoms tend to be worse during pollen season, when your body is already coping with reactions to the pollen. Some people are able to eat raw apples at other times of year, but not when the pollen count is high.


Symptoms of OAS are usually confined to a local reaction of the mouth or lips. Occasionally, some people have more severe reactions that may include rashes, delayed gastrointestinal symptoms such as abdominal cramps and diarrhea, or, very rarely, anaphylaxis.


If more severe symptoms develop, such as wheezing or difficulty breathing, seek emergency medical care. Know the symptoms of anaphylaxis and be prepared to treat it.


Localized symptoms like itching or swelling of the mouth or lips can be treated with an over-the-counter antihistamine such as Benadryl. After taking an antihistamine, a person with OAS should be monitored for the next few hours to make sure that more serious allergic symptoms do not develop.

Immunotherapy for birch pollen may help some people with sensitivities to apples. If you think you have an allergy to apples, talk to your doctor or allergist. The type and severity of your symptoms may determine if you are eligible for immunotherapy, or if you need a prescription for an epinephrine auto-injector (commonly referred to by the brand name EpiPen.)

Because there is no cure for food allergies, you will need to manage your apple allergy by avoiding raw apples and being prepared for future reactions.


People with birch pollen allergies may also react to: hazelnuts, nectarines, peaches, kiwi fruit, carrots, apricots, cherries, pears, plums, celery and soybeans. People with mugwort allergies may also react to celery, carrots, melons, hazelnuts and chestnuts.


If you do not have allergic reactions to the other foods just mentioned, you don't need to avoid them right now. However, you may be more likely to develop an allergy to those foods in the future.

Apple Cider and Vinegar

Some people are sensitive to apple cider or apple cider vinegar but not to raw apples. Both products are produced through a fermentation process. A sensitivity to apple cider, vinegar or alcoholic (hard) cider may be due to an allergy to brewer’s yeast.


Consumption of large amounts of apple cider vinegar may cause damage to the stomach or esophagus even in people with no allergies, causing abdominal pain.


NIAID-Sponsored Expert Panel. Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Food Allergy in the United States: Report of the NIAID-Sponsored Expert Panel. The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Volume 126, Issue 6, Supplement , Pages S1-S58, December 2010

Webber, Christopher and Ronald W. England. Oral allergy syndrome: a clinical, diagnostic, and therapeutic challenge. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2010;104:101–108

I get sick when I eat apples too but I'm definitely not allergic. Stomach hurts and feels almost similar to hunger pains. Eating with other foods helps sometimes but not always. Granny Apple hurts and some red apples. However apple crisp does not hurt my stomach. I asked my nutrition professor who did not have a direct answer but supposed that it could be the fiber in the apple peal. I know that I don't get upset by applesauce so this is something good to look at.

I've tested and found that if you are not allergic and the apple hurts your stomach, it is because your body can't handle the fiber in the apple peal. Just peal your apple before eating or switch to a sugar free applesauce.

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