Bananas For Breakfast

Bananas in Tokyo
Huge and expensive bananas in Tokyo.
File photo dated January 17, 2006.

One of my dreads while travelling is either constipation or diarrhoea. Those would be a major nightmare considering the stench and mess if my bowels decide to purge at the most inopportune moment. On the other hand, being constipated would not be any less horrible as I do not fancy sitting in the toilet for four hours straight.

Worse still would be going to bed without fully clearing the constipated stool which would later make a grand exit messing up the hotel’s bedsheets, mattress, wheelchair and everything else. Thank God nothing of this has happened all the times I travelled. My treasured travelling companion in Tokyo had been a packet of pitted prunes. Those I took three religious every morning for breakfast together with half a packet of Ensure, two slices of bread and two bananas.

Bananas – those found in the supermarkets in Tokyo were exceptionally large. All were nicely labelled and packed, much like the imported fruits here and they cost a bomb – RM10 per comb of four bananas. Still, I chose bananas over other fruits because it was easy to peel, had no core like an apple and was delicious. It was also to provide bulk help move my bowels.

All was well in Tokyo. All was well in Bangkok. I had my bananas everyday. Likewise prunes. Therefore I was thoroughly surprised when Virgorat and Zara’s Mama left comments in Lactulose Did It advising me against having bananas if I was constipating. I am really really glad that it all went well in those two foreign cities. Lucky me. I would have been miserable perching in the toilet for hours and hours had the bananas acted as they should.

Author: Peter Tan

Peter Gabriel Tan. Penangite residing in the Klang Valley. Blissfully married to Wuan. A LaSallian through and through. Slave to three cats. Wheelchair user since 1984. End-stage renal disease since 2017. Principal Facilitator at Peter Tan Training specialising in Disability Equality Training. Former columnist of Breaking Barriers with The Borneo Post. This blog chronicles my life, thoughts and opinions. Connect with me on Twitter and Facebook.

3 thoughts on “Bananas For Breakfast”

  1. Aren’t all fruits supposed to be expensive in Japan? I heard it’s like a luxury to even get the chance to eat fresh fruit. I kind of expected it to cost more than RM10 for 4. But then again I’ve never actually been there myself.

    Fruits were very expensive, more so during winter. I paid ¥580 for six apples. When I was there, huge red juicy strawberries were aplenty. Too bad those are taboo food.

  2. Peter, I was as surprised as you when I first read that bananas, instead of being a “cure” for constipation, will, on the contrary, harden the stool. Like you, I used to eat bananas with the hope of having an easier time in the toilet. Check this website

    Thanks for the link. Whatever it does, it will still be one of my favourite fruits.

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