Frieda, it's not a bad idea to just eliminate those fruits for now. I don't have to have fruit every day anyway, plus I'm now out of peaches and apricots. The cranberries can stay in the freezer.
I meant to ask you before when you've mentioned bananas. They aren't on Dr. McDougall's list for the Elimination Diet. Are you eating some fruits and veggies in addition to his list during the base week?
I don't dare add bananas yet as they are definitely one that needs to be tested for me. I used to get lots of pain in my lower back after eating them; it would last 2-4 hours and nothing (aspirin, ibuprofen, ice, or heat) would make the pain diminish. I haven't had that reaction for a long time, though, so I'm hoping it's something I've gotten past. Still want to test, just in case.
Some people are allergic to banana. People might also have problems with banana if they're sensitive to amines. And here she goes with the links again...http://www.helium.com/items/347082-what ... to-bananashttp://www.thenewsonfood.com/food-react ... -part-one/http://www.millhousemedical.co.nz/Fact_ ... _Foods.pdfhttp://www.medhelp.org/posts/Allergy/al ... how/639168http://www.sswahs.nsw.gov.au/rpa/allerg ... Thesis.pdf
[See appendix 10 for salicylate, appendix 11 for amines]
I think it's important to remember in food sensitivity/intolerance, one might not see an immediate reaction to a food or food chemical. The effect can be cumulative and the reactions delayed (hours or days). It's not like a typical allergy (where you eat something and your face swells three sizes or you break out in hives or your throat closes up and you die). Probably why it can be hard to make the connections. A detailed food journal (one that includes how one's feeling) would be helpful, methinks, but tracking food can be such a pain.
On the bright side, if you've eliminated TONS of foods, there's less left to track.
Chile, you've mentioned you suspect problems with cocoa/chocolate before and now banana. That makes me suspect amines. Just something to think about when looking at challenge foods.
I want to commend all of you who are undertaking elimination challenges. It takes strength and determination. Even more so for those whose triggers and reactions aren't readily apparent (like they might be for someone with a nut allergy).
Onward and upward!