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apples make me sick

I don't think all apples could make me sick, but today I ate a golden delicious apple and then a red delicious apple before my stomach plummeted into achey-ness. Maybe it was just bad timing, but I've had experiences in the past associating apples with tummy aches. However, I didn't get a tummy ache for my past two days of apple eating, so...I don't know.

And now I don't have food. Well, I have dumplings and a sweet potato, but I'm thinking of going to Chinatown to get some persimmons and pastries. That's the dream Robyn diet. ;)

I haven't been outside in more than 36 hours. Hm.


paris vega / October 7, 2005 1:54 AM

For years I have experienced this same apple sickness. My father also would feel queezy after eating apples. While researching this odd experience I came across your blog. I have found nothing so far. Let me know if you find anything.
Paris Vega

Steve / October 22, 2005 7:51 PM

I have the same problem, as does my older brother. Just the smell of an apple gives us naseau. There are seven other siblings in our family who do not seem to have an issue with it. I also cannot seem to find any information on it.

Linda Kay / December 20, 2005 9:22 AM

My 8 year old daughter has told me for years that apple juice makes her feel "sickish", and won't drink it anymore. Yesterday she ate a red dilicious apple, and got sick a few hours later. She is still vomiting and cant eat or drink anything without getting sick. Her cousins little boy also feels sick after drinking apple juice.

Laney / May 18, 2006 12:14 AM

i get a little sick from eating apples too... but its usually after eating 2 haha... could it be acidic buildup or something? i would stop eating them but they are so good and i cant.

Keith / December 29, 2006 7:54 AM

I have had this sickness for years and never thought to look it up till now. I feel sick in a headache sort of way but not really a headache. Just wonder if any of you also suffer from migrains. Just wondering if any corelation.

barb / January 24, 2007 1:11 PM

i get some serious acid craziness in my stomach after eating apples. Not all the time, definately on an empty stomach. I have to have food in my stomach first. But apple juice has NEVER given me problems.

jessica / January 29, 2007 4:04 PM

Hello to the other apple-intolerants of the world!
Like Barb, I also get this weird acid problem with eating apples...not to be too graphic, but it brings with it foamy burps, a "car-sick" type feeling in my stomach, and sometimes diarrhea. I attribute these feelings to the raw apple fiber since I don't seem to have problems with juices, dried apples, or cooked apples. It is definately worse if eaten alone, or with other fiberous foods. It also happens sometimes with apple-like fruits such as asian pears, so I have learned to eat apples only with carbs which seems to help.

maria / February 13, 2007 4:39 PM

Wow. I am totally surprised. I thought I was alone in this. Apples are high in fructose. I am wondering if this is a fructose malabsorption problem. I feel sick, get chills and start to feel generally down. Does anyone have any ideas? I didn't have this problem before as far as I know.

Jake / May 22, 2007 11:20 AM

I used to be able to eat apples by the dozen, now I can barely finish off one before feeling sort of sick, what happened...?

marlene / October 18, 2007 4:30 AM

Me, too, I felt so sick sometimes after eating apple, i was trying before meal and after meal, thats just the same. surprisingly, my Mom also feel the same? one of my friend said maybe the apple skins contained pestiside/non organic material. But I am not sure.
Is it only the outer cause or something to do with DNA?

anyone who have an idea please send me email through my website, Thank you everyone!!


Shirley / October 25, 2007 9:57 AM

I am shocked! Last nite after eating an apple a few hours before, I started getting my usual tummy ache. I was in bed and decided to key in Apples and Tummy Aches, and I was so surprised when all the above came up. For years as soon as autumn came around, I would eat my usual apple instead of nectarine, but now I'm wondering . . .

Emily / November 2, 2007 2:29 PM

Just chiming in on the apple sensitivity thing. I haven't found any other information on this, and didn't even know it happened to anyone else until I read this page. Generally I can eat cooked apples and hard cider, but not raw apples or apple juice. I get chills, a headache, a "car sick" sort of feeling, and I just want to curl up in a ball and not move for a while. Usually I feel really miserable for about an hour, and then I'm basically OK. And BTW, I don't eat apples often. For a while I avoided them entirely (I don't even like them that much), but lately I had been OK if I only ate 1/3 or so of an apple. It had been a few years since I got sick, so I started thinking I was over it. Then yesterday I had a few bites of apple pie (undercooked?) and some dried apple slices, and... boom! It was back. Yuck. And I was starting to like them, too.... Anyway, it's nice to know I'm not alone.

Zoey / February 1, 2008 1:26 PM

I don't eat apples or drink apple juice anymore unless its chilled. With two toddlers in the house all the other juices go pretty fast so sometimes there is only milk and apple juice. I don't like either. Apples make me nauseous and I've explained that to my parents but they still buy apple juice instead of other fruit juices. So I just start buying my own drinks and my own fruits. I'm assuming it has something to do with the ascorbic acid in apples. Good to know its just not me.

Melinda / February 11, 2008 6:04 PM

I experience the same problems as the writers of this blog have already mentioned. I stumbled across this blog in my own search for answers and unfortunately, this blog was the only useful link that I could find. So I wrote to the Food Allergy Anaphylaxis Network (faan at foodallergy dot org)and I got a response back to look into something called Oral Allergy Syndrome. I'm not exactly sure that that is the answer to our problem, but it was a solution that an allergy organization provided so it might be helpful to know about.

only headaches / March 31, 2008 8:09 PM

wow, I get headaches from even the smallest amounts of apple, but never stomach aches. My head aches have gotten increadibly terrable and make my vision go wierd. I usually end up laying in bed for the 12 hours or so untill it goes away. all forms of apple cooked raw juiced and anything in the apple or grape family have this affect. (which is terrible because all juices have sone of those fruits, and most topping type things have vinegar which comes from grapes.)

Posted by headaches at March 31, 2008 8:08 PM

margaret Levine / April 13, 2008 10:20 PM

I notice after eating certain types of apples at the end of my lunch that I get nauseas. What is that all about? Especially none tart apples like Fiji, which I have stopped eating. I don't get a stomach ache, just nausea.

Jennifer / May 19, 2008 3:26 PM

I just went looking it up, I noticed my condition during school lunches mostly lol...I can't blame the food though as I only ever ate the fruit. I tend to get terrible stomache aches after eating fruits like pears and apples, almost to the point of bending over in pain. I love apples ever so much so I hope I'm not allergic but after googling this is the only page that I found that had anything to do with my type of condition. If anyone knows anything else please write me at Thanks!

richard d / June 17, 2008 6:16 PM

i too get headaches from raw apples and grapes and most juices that are not pasteurized well.
there's a couple factors that could cause these headaches.
1. you eat the skin on apples and grapes [which could still have pesticide content, etc.]
2. apples and grapes are both allowed a certain mold content when they are sold. this mold content will get higher the longer you have the fruit

since i am really allergic to mold, this would explain the headaches and nausea for me...
hope that helps explain it for some of you as well!

Selene / July 8, 2008 7:21 PM

I found this forum after searching "apples headache". My daughter has complained about getting headaches when eating any sort of apple as well. We thought she was just imagining it, but it's apparently legitimate! I am going to research this; I have a friend who works at a center for the senses and will post what I've found.

kay / August 25, 2008 2:10 PM

Holy crap! I sometimes get Super sick after eating apples and i have the same problem with lettuce sometimes. I thought maybe the peel wouldnt digest well or maybe had that waxy residue left on it and would block up my stomach a bit. It's the whole nine yards...nausea, vomiting, poops, and a migraine like headache. What the heck? I thought i was the only one!

Darren Shakesheave / August 30, 2008 6:43 PM

I also have the feeling of car sickness when I eat fresh apples.It's caused by a protein family called Bet-v-1.
Apple allergy is associated with birch pollinosis,40% to 90% of birch pollen allergic patients are sensitized to this fruit.You can eat apple pie because the cooking process breaks down the protein.

Ryan / October 10, 2008 2:40 PM

I only have an issue with Apple juice. I can eat apples just fine, but something about the juice gives me a stomach ache. In fact I have one right now, because even though it gives me an ache, I LOVE apple juice. This only happens in the morning, when I do not have anything else in my stomach. Another thing is It happens if I drink sodas first thing in the morning. It is probably something that is common to both that causes it.

Barbara / October 24, 2008 11:55 AM

Fresh grapes shipped in has made me sick for about five weeks before I finally figured out it could be grapes. Has anyone considered the sulfite or other sprays used to make our fresh fruit travel well, could be making us sick. I am from the state of Washington and know they have to spray from day one, even while the apple is growing and then shipped. I live in Texas now and get our grapes from California. So back to the local farmers market for me.

nancy / December 7, 2008 1:04 PM

I have been allergic to apples for many years. When I eat an apple it feels like I have a sharp object- cutting the inside of my throat as it starts to go down. My allergist told me that Pear skin has the same properties of an apple and will provide a similar reaction to me. I do feel sick when I eat pear skin. I notice when I eat pears now with out the skin it works great.

I have a question- re- asian pears- some call them apple pears- does anyone have reactions to them?? I ate one last night and loved it- but my throat felt very soar afterwards... I really want to eat them- they taste great and after not being able to eat apples for the past 15 or more years- I thought I finally found something that I could bite into and have that sweet crunch!!

Barb / January 4, 2009 11:10 PM

I get headaches from apples, apple butter, apple sauce, juice, even the powdered hot cider does me in for a few hours. A nurse friend of mine says I'm crazy but I'm sure it's apples.

Lisa / January 5, 2009 12:34 AM

I never noticed that I get severe stomach aches, although until I read this I thought it was severe hunger pangs as that what it feels like to me, until I got pregnant for the second time. I'm going to ask my OB about it tomorrow. He's a DO so hopefully won't blow me off about it. If I get any good information I'll be sure to pass it on.

Joan / January 11, 2009 4:30 PM

I'm glad to hear I am not alone ! I get severe
abdominal pain after eating an apple (of any kind). After reading all the comments, it is (still) not clear to me why the pain arrives immediately after eating an apple. It feels like
a knife is slicing right through my stomach. I hope there is a reason!

Heidi / January 16, 2009 4:45 PM

I also get nausea after eating apples - the more ripe the apple, the worse the nausea. I have always LOVED unripe apples, particularly cooking apples! I still eat them and love them. But they MUST be very unripe - otherwise I get nausea. Best are unripe apples straight from the tree. Any apple you can buy in a supermarket - whether they're red, green or whatever - make me feel terrible with nausea after eating just half an apple. It's weird... no other fruit does this to me. Obviously, from reading all the comments here I'm not alone - but nobody seems to know why...

John / March 2, 2009 12:09 PM

I too have the nausea feeling right after eating an apple, to the point where I was getting the shakes, sweats and running for the toilet to vomit. I thought it was the pesticides on the skin so I tried organic apples - same reaction. I have found that if I peal the apples, my stomach is fine.

Stephanie / March 20, 2009 11:39 AM

Apples and pears have been making me ill for years, but every blue moon I attempt to eat one. I ate a pear a few minutes ago and promptly ran to the bathroom. I'm so glad to know it isn't just me!

Meanwhile, I'm OK with cider, juice and cooked apples/pears.

Stephanie / March 20, 2009 11:40 AM

Apples and pears have been making me ill for years, but every blue moon I attempt to eat one. I ate a pear a few minutes ago and promptly ran to the bathroom. I'm so glad to know it isn't just me!

Meanwhile, I'm OK with cider, juice and cooked apples/pears.

anonny / May 12, 2009 6:09 PM

Wow! I'm so glad I came across this. Apples don't make me feel sick but I get a really nasty abdominal pain whenever I eat it, I had the tiniest slice of apple pie last night and was in pain for several hours. I am now sure that I'm intolerent to it. Apple juice is the same. Anything with apple. It's not just a pain in my stomach, but it hurts my bladder area as well, if you know what I mean... hmm. I find it most odd because I'm fine with all other fruit and juices, maybe it's the type of acid within it?

ashee / May 18, 2009 11:31 PM

I can only eat Gala Apples without getting sick. Green apples make my mouth taste like blood and my stomach queasy. Any red apple -other than gala- hurts too

Melodie / May 19, 2009 6:05 PM

Wow!!! This is amazing. Years ago when eating apples I would get this feeling that I had to throw up. I know I wasn't always like this but I do remember trying to eat them and just couldn't. So, I avoided eating apples, too. So, sometime later I tried to eat them and the same feeling. Well, just recently I realized that I couldn't eat pears either without the feeling of throwing up. Now, I am really disappointed. What's next?

Justcindy / June 13, 2009 3:06 PM

For those interested, I doubt it is the acidity of the apple to cause discomfort because apples are not generally very acidic and a lemon would cause a similar reaction if that were the case. Our stomachs are more acidic than apples.

I would focus on instead mold or pesticides or the covering used on the apple or also if the apple had been genetically modified to resist disease or frost or something.

I too get severe stomach pain from eating some types of apples, such as red delicious. I have accidently bitten into the seeds in these types of apples to find fuzzy mold in them. I am wondering if the mold spores have penetrated into the apple. Why are stores allowed to sell moldy apples? When I was a child I remember never seeing this mold before but now I find it in many apple cores that I cut open.

A gardener once told me that the spores may be present even though there does not appear to be mold on something. I am wondering if this type of mold is what is causing some of the ailments on this page. I'm no expert but I would guess that there is information on this mold somewhere.

Jen / July 2, 2009 4:17 PM

I just ran to my computer to look up "stomach pain after eating apples". This happens to me whenever I eat raw apples, which I did about an hour ago. It has happened to me for years, but I just tolerated it and thought that I was just extra hungry. Just now, I was having sharp, stabbing pains in my stomach around the diaphram area, I felt like I was going to throw up, my heart rate increased and I was having cold sweats. It was so intolerable that I had to try to figure out if there was any allergy to apples. It makes me feel better to know that it is not just me! I guess I won't be eating apples anymore.

Mark / July 22, 2009 9:36 AM


Found this thread yesterday. I have suffered from this apple thing since i was about 19 ish, never had trouble before.

I get symptoms of an itchy mouth, nausea and i salivate quite a lot for about 10 mins or so.

Was just talking to a colleague and i think she hit the nail on the head. I (and that probably means 'We') are allergic to Birch Pollen! The symptoms make so much sense, plus i also get Hay Fever between late March and Mid May, just as the Birch Pollen is airbourne. (i'm in the UK)

You can read more here.

If anyone out there also has hay fever worst in late March, please reply.

Liz / August 22, 2009 8:06 PM

I never had a problem with apples until I was pregnant. Now, even years after pregnancy, I can't eat a whole apple, and NEVER ANY an asian pear without severe stomach cramps and then diarrhea. This is the only information I have found-in a way it is good to know that I am not the only one with this problem. I used to really love apples. Sigh.

Chelsea / August 26, 2009 4:04 PM

I'm glad I finally googled it too. I feel car sick type nauseous after eating red apples. It's not as bad as some of you are stating your reactions are, but unsettling nonetheless.

I try not to eat them on an empty stomach.

I have zero allergies (minus one type of antibiotic that makes me ill), so this is very strange to me.

EVE / September 5, 2009 7:58 PM

Hey guys ! I too have thought over the years that I am the only one with this strange reaction to apples ,as well for me, pears, and watermelons. I can't say that I get the nauseous sensation thank God!!! However, I do always throw up immediately after. So for years I just stopped eating them.

Well a few years ago I was at the market and saw some succulent watermelons! So I decided to give it a shot .... maybe it was all in my head....NOT!!!! I got half way through and that was that, BAM!!! Luckily I had the grocery bag near by ,cause my sofa would have be ruined. I mean violently and with no warning,BAM!!!! LOL

I don't know what this is about ,but at least I'm not the only one. lol. NO, more APPLES , PEARS, AND WATERMELONS FOR ME!

Apple MacApple / September 20, 2009 4:54 AM

You know, I've generally never been a big fan of apples. I like gala and spartan apples but out of all the fruit I've ever eaten, apples are the only ones that have ever made me feel sick.

I have no idea why. I can't identify anything in an apple that would do this.

I ate an over ripe yet fresh gala apple last night and started to feel absolutely horrible after.

sheri / November 16, 2009 9:16 AM

Apple juice makes me nausious. Always has. I can eat apples but they make me feel hungry. Its fine if I eat them with something or dip it in caramel. I love hot apple cider. Last night I poured some into a glass but didn't heat it up because I was in a hurry. I went to pick up a pizza. By the time I got there I felt sick and had a headache. It went away as soon as I ate some pepperoni.

maryh / January 31, 2010 12:09 AM

Oh my agreeing with you all.
Apples have given me unbelievable stomach the point where i'd be bend over double.
oh the pain of it.
i suspect a few things..the *'sorbitol'-sugar free items like chewing gum kill me too. * how/ the way its eaten..e.g on an empty stomach..the fibre content..(4.5g) which is quite a lot..and i think acidity of sorts is also a factor.
I used to lovee them too.
Hope that helps someone!

Elizabeth / February 21, 2010 11:58 AM

I can't believe I'm not the only one!
Almost every time I eat an apple (but oddly only when it is not cut up) I feel horribly nauseous after. I get the worst nausea for a couple of minutes, but it usually passes pretty quickly. Still, it's terrible, and only happens when I eat an apple.

Molly / May 7, 2010 2:35 AM

*slams head against wall repeatedly*

I just ate an apple... after swearing I NEVER would ever again. Ouch. Stabby stab stab stab.

And I don't think it has anything to do with pesticides like one theory suggests, because these apples are fresh from my own garden, and I don't use chemicals on my plants.

Yvette / June 8, 2010 9:37 PM

My problem began a couple of years ago with getting nauseous after eating an apple right after lunch. I thought maybe it was the peeling, but peeling the apple first still does not help. Now, I have a nauseating feeling when I eat any type apple, watermelon, canteloupe, honeydew, peaches, pears, and plums. I have questioned my doctor but he had not idea. I would LOVE to know WHY this is happening.

Ashley / August 11, 2010 1:20 PM

I know this is an old post, but since people are still commenting and/or searching for answers... it sounds like fructose malabsorption, y'all.

Joshua / August 12, 2010 8:09 PM

wow - so i am not alone. just like many of you who've posted over the past three years, i am also shocked and comforted to find this website where there are other people who can't stomach the idea of "an apple a day..."

as for me, whether i'm eating a raw (cut up or not) apple or drinking a juice, within minutes, i start to feel weak and achy, almost like the onset of a cold. but then after 10 or 15 minutes, it slowly starts to diminish and then after another 10 minutes, i feel quite normal again.

this only happens when i eat or drink in the morning on an empty stomach.

i'm not allergic to anything at all and can eat just about anything, but this apple, which is supposed to be an anecdotal daily prevention against everything, can only be a daily headache.

yes - let's not eat apples, one said in a previous post. but they are delicious and it happens only once in a blue moon when i forget the painful consequences in the dazed waking hours of the morning...

Stephen / August 26, 2010 5:29 PM

An apple on an empty stomach used to make me nauseous. I tried different varieties thinking that would make all the difference and the only variety that seemed milder was macintosh.

I mentioned this to my doctor at the time and he said I may have gall bladder problems later and that I'll have to watch that...

Well decades later my gall bladder did finally fail and now I CAN eat apples on an empty stomach.

Christine / September 4, 2010 8:38 PM

I am deathly allergic to apples. I had a bad reaction at work after eating them diced up in cottage cheese. The reaction was so bad I thought I had been exposed to toxic dust, as the building had some construction/rehab going on upstairs. It was an anaphylactic reaction. I got steroids about a week later, and continued to eat apples, having no idea. The allergic reaction moved from my skin and lungs where it was obvious but undiagnosed to my intestines. I also had a lot of night sweats and shaking, then I had some mental disturbances. The bad reaction happened in March and it took me 3 months to recover and another month to figure out the allergy. (2 days in hospital with MRI, toxicity testing, loads of negative bloodwork for adrenals, thyroid, glucose, serotonin, porphyrias...). If I had listened to a nurse who said my tingling lips and rash were an allergy, back last November, I could have avoided all that mess. It is important to realize that allergies can escalate, the next reaction may be much worse than the last. Listen to your body. If it says not to eat apples, do not mess around with eating apples. There are 2 types of allergies to apples, one will give you only oral symptoms and is associated with birch pollen. The other is much worse and can cause anaphylaxis, same as if you are allergic to bee stings or peanuts. Both are caused by proteins, they can be broken down by cooking and are close to the peel. But if seriously allergic, cannot rely on peeling or cooking. It is not caused by mold or pesticide. Other symptoms can include diarrhea, tingling lips, eczema, rash. Your body builds up mast cells to launch counterattack on the allergens, each exposure the counterattack can become stronger. Yes, things like Benadryl and steroids help but not for long if you mask the symptoms and continue to eat the offending substance. I have tasted my last bite of crisp apple. It is a good memory and will stay that, a memory. I live in apple country. Oh, well. There are lots of blueberries here too.

Aaron D. Pierce / October 1, 2010 3:52 PM

I get headaches from eating apples. I also seem to have a sensitivity to light, especially direct sunlight when I am driving. If I am a passenger, it is fine. If I have a slight headache and then eat an apple, I experience sharp pains above my left temple. Thank you to everyone else for your comments!

trent / October 2, 2010 7:21 AM

I feel nauseated after eating apples ,i have never vomited but close too, it must be the acidic content, i can eat dried apples with out the car sick feeling, so i believe the acidic content is evaporated once its dried, apple juice is fine.

lynnnie / October 21, 2010 11:18 PM

yeah apples make me naeseous too. so do pears.
my doctor once told me im allergic to watermelon.
I see a common factors in all these. They're all juicy+watery. Funny thing is water makes me gag too. I cant stand any of these things.
I dont think its the acid. I mean I eat oranges just fine and I think they're more acid then anything.
Maybe we're all just allergic to water. lol
But the thing with apple juice is its pastuerized so i guess its bateria upsetting our bodies?
What confuses me there is that I make instant ramen and i boil the water(5 to 7 minutes) and when i eat it i still gag.
When the water is too much compared to the seasoning. Or if its too little.
Im like so weird.

Morgan Brown / October 27, 2010 2:20 AM

I just came upon this post after a google search "apples make me nauseous" I cant figure it out. Raw apples make me sick. I wash them and I peel them, but still I get nauseous almost immediately. But if they are cooked then I have no problem at all. Weird.

Kath / November 4, 2010 12:12 AM

So glad im not the only one (i mean not glad for all of you.. just glad im not a freak!).. for years I have always felt nauseous after eating raw apples.. i basically get a very full and sick feeling in my stomach (even if its the only thing i have eaten all day). I dont feel any kind of acid reflux or heart burn or anything else that feels acid-related. Damn apples.. they arent healthy at all! ;)

Jane / November 15, 2010 10:47 AM

I,too, cannot tolerate apples in any form. At first it was only raw apples, then over the years included cooked, juiced, etc. Pears cause no trouble, yet. A Dr. (with the same problem) told me it's caused by the body's inability to break down certain enzymes in the apple. I get terrible abdominal pains that linger for 8 hours, the back pain, chills. Have given up all apples and apple products--it just isn't worth the pain.

John / November 22, 2010 1:10 AM

@Molly your comment made me laugh!

Glad I'm not the only one. I used to have this problem with concentrate apple juice only, but after drinking "not from concentrate" yesterday I had a violent stomach ache for 20 mins. The strange thing is I had been drinking the juice two days before for no problem.
Does the fructose content increase in apple juice after a few days? Either way I am put off apple juice for LIFE!

Christopher / February 15, 2011 4:14 PM

Hello, I just wanted to share my experience as well. I used to eat apples all the time but now I can't even finish a single apple because of the nausea. I've never actually vomited, mind you, but the uneasy feeling of imminent sickness is enough to spoil my appetite. Strange phenomenon, this is. I wonder if it has something to do with pesticides and/or genetic manipulation of our produce. I'll have to try an organic apple next time as an experiment. FYI, pasteurized apple juice doesn't affect me at all. While I prefer OJ, AJ does hit the spot from time to time and I don't get sick from it. Strange indeed.

David / April 18, 2011 3:46 PM

I just Googled this after eating an apple and yet again experiencing nausea and stomachaches. I can't believe so many other people have this too! Good to hear I'm not alone, as others have mentioned. Oh well, watermelon's my favorite fruit anyways, and I don't have a problem with that. :D

MsMissy / April 19, 2011 5:57 PM

OK so I'm not as weird as I thought, but for me i can eat the raw apples just fine (if they are peeled. But i cant drink apple juice or eat most processed ones without getting an odd mix of chills,lip and face tingling, and a hot sensation in my chest and back. I'm allergic to soy so it has been suggested I may be allergic to the "food grade wax or shellac" that most apples are coated in or perhaps its the pesticides on the apples.

TrueBlue / May 16, 2011 6:12 PM

I also have similar reactions after eating apples - bad lower abdominal stomach pains, constipation, fever (ususally around 100 degrees), headaches, lethargic. It usually lasts a couple of days up to three, sometimes 4 days. I always forget about this reaction since I have only experienced this just within the past decade. So about every 3 years, I eat an apple, forgetting the ordeal, and go thru this whole scenario all over again.

Brent / June 17, 2011 1:35 PM

I have this same exact problem with apples (obviously). My problems only occur when I eat an apple with no other food in my stomach, like for breakfast. I find it really odd that this is the only thing that really pops up in a Google search. For a food as common as the apple, you'd think there would be more medical information out there. What's up with that? I can drink coffee, eat pizza, etc for breakfast, but the only thing so far that has made me feel this way (like car sickness), is an apple.

Bill / July 21, 2011 12:48 PM

Well it just happened to me... here are the facts:

1. I am very allergic to a lot of things including birch pollen and mold.
2. Just started my allergy shots in the past two weeks and one of those was yesterday.
3. Wine, esp red, always gives me a headache (red fruits?).
4. I've had a TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) and even though it was years ago when I was in the service, this is what they were telling me was the cause of all the headaches.
5. Have not had an apple (or grape) since the New Year; I had a lot of headaches last year and thru the holidays, and I was definitely eating apples (Type II diabetes so I have a log of everything I have eaten in the past 6 years. LOL).
6. Just had an apple for break and slowly I got the blurry vision, headache esp. behind my right eye, and just felt overall sick (like car sick).
7. Someone here mentioned Benadryl, so I took one of the strips I carry, and in like 5-10 minutes 75% of the symptoms are gone.

Thanks to everyone on this site because I always thought it was just me. Granted I get headaches when I don't eat apples, but this was too circumstantial because of:

a. Exclusion of apples from diet for months.
b. Keeping a diet log - and a correlation of eating apples and getting a much larger number of "migraines" at the same time.
c. Known allergens and current therapy treatments.
d. Quick apple to headache/sick feeling/response.
e. Good reaction to Benadryl only minutes after.

Sorry if this was long winded, or the logic a little askew, but I just thought I would share.

Good luck to all and have a great day!

Bill / July 21, 2011 12:49 PM

Well it just happened to me... here are the facts:

1. I am very allergic to a lot of things including birch pollen and mold.
2. Just started my allergy shots in the past two weeks and one of those was yesterday.
3. Wine, esp red, always gives me a headache (red fruits?).
4. I've had a TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) and even though it was years ago when I was in the service, this is what they were telling me was the cause of all the headaches.
5. Have not had an apple (or grape) since the New Year; I had a lot of headaches last year and thru the holidays, and I was definitely eating apples (Type II diabetes so I have a log of everything I have eaten in the past 6 years. LOL).
6. Just had an apple for break and slowly I got the blurry vision, headache esp. behind my right eye, and just felt overall sick (like car sick).
7. Someone here mentioned Benadryl, so I took one of the strips I carry, and in like 5-10 minutes 75% of the symptoms are gone.

Thanks to everyone on this site because I always thought it was just me. Granted I get headaches when I don't eat apples, but this was too circumstantial because of:

a. Exclusion of apples from diet for months.
b. Keeping a diet log - and a correlation of eating apples and getting a much larger number of "migraines" at the same time.
c. Known allergens and current therapy treatments.
d. Quick apple to headache/sick feeling/response.
e. Good reaction to Benadryl only minutes after.

Sorry if this was long winded, or the logic a little askew, but I just thought I would share.

Good luck to all and have a great day!

alv / September 1, 2011 12:04 PM

whenever i eat an apple, orange , pear, watermelon or chokolate milk, even normal milk i through up. i feel sick and neasy. i through up almost everything i ate. what ist that problem with me. can anyone please explain . befor i eat them i feel super and perfectly healthy but just if i want to eat them . their smell can make me sick already. i just vomit.
pls help.

Katbern / September 11, 2011 7:11 PM

Pear skins make me curl up and endure up to eight hours of stomach pains , I don't usually eat them bit lAst night I thought I'd be ok not the cAse. The Asian pears are the worst of the teo I ate the worst cramps ever. Apples however are fine

Jessie / October 13, 2011 7:27 PM

Whoever said an "apple a day keeps the doctor away"?? Obviously they had their facts mixed up! This thread is kinda old, but I just have to say I'm so glad I'm not alone! Whenever I drink apple juice I get really, I mean REALLY, nauseous. Thankfully my problems aren't as bad as some people's on here, but it'd still be nice to know why apples make me feel like I'm about to throw up.

shauna / November 23, 2011 9:32 AM

I always get a cold or chest infection after i eat apples.
i used to think it was a coincidence, but EVERY time it happens.
I seem to feel awful anytime i eat raw fruit. But this never happened when i was a kid.
I truly believe whats making us all sick isnt the fruit itself, but the chemicals that are being sprayed on them!
This needs to stop!

Lisa / December 23, 2011 1:27 PM

Glad I found this thread, because I thought apples were supposed to be the wonder diet staple! I guess they just don't work for me either. Who'd of thought? Yesterday I picked up some beautiful Red Delicious apples at the store along with a handy dandy professional apple slicer. Got home unloaded the groceries & couldn't wait to get after that apple. I was starving after a day of Christmas shopping without stopping to eat. Whoa ...a little while after eating the apple my stomach started giving me very sharp stomach pains that lasted about 6 hours, maybe more. I ended up vomiting twice during this time about two hours apart. I knew I had felt this awful pain before and I remember what I had eaten that time too, it was apple slices. I am almost sure it was on an empty stomach as well.

I don't have many allergies and not that I've kept track of apples, but I know I've eaten them many times with no problem. I will certainly be keeping track of them now ...if I eat them at all. I would like to try them without the peel because that would tell me a lot. I'm just not sure the pain & time is worth it. Dang, those pains hurt and being curled up in a little ball for hours isn't fun.

I found an article that explains the different problems associated with stomach pain & apples such as excess fructose content, polyol content, fructose & sorbitol malabsorption and natural food chemicals that may help to identify exactly what everyone's problem may be. Not sure if I can post the link here, but I'll try. It could help pinpoint the problem.

Lenay / January 17, 2012 9:04 PM

Its funny because certain brands, when eaten RAW, i.e. Red Delicious, make me absolutely sick to my stomach. BUT, apple pie NEVER makes me sick. Or simply baking my apples don't seem to make me as sick either. Thanks LISA for the livestrong link. It is helpful.

Bonjour Glow / January 18, 2012 10:04 AM

I'm from Malaysia and I'm glad I'm not alone. Often when I have fruits like apple or pears I'd have stomach cramps, nausea and diarrhea. so much so that I have to lie down. I have yet to find out for certain why but many Asians belief it's attributes to gas. I have no idea how eating apples creates so much gas in a short time. Or another theory is that they are too "cooling". Chinese believe food can be divided into heaty and cooling. I assume heaty: ginger, ginseng is labeled so because it creates energy or make you feel hot. Cooling such as many fruits:apples, watermellon have a weakening effect. They are often used to balance the body. I'm sure there is a more scientific way of explaining this but this is so far what i wish to share. Perhaps I'll try eating apples with ginger tea? I hope someone can give a clear answer.

Alex Swain / January 26, 2012 10:24 PM

When I drink apple juice I get so sick, but only for a few minutes. Today I had a larger than usual glass for breakfast and during the middle of the meal, I suddenly became so sickened I almost threw up. After a few minutes( and a couple big burps) I felt ok, but all they the day I felt like I was getting a cold, and I just hope I am back to full health tomorrow. Wow, I thought I was the only person who experienced this. Oh and btw I absolutely love apple juice, it's too bad it makes me so sick.

dksfh / January 28, 2012 4:20 PM

I have had this problem as long as I can remember, but I also love acidic foods of other kinds and have no such problems, even when its a lot of acid. I am convinced (for myself at least) that it is a problem with fructose.
Its always grape and apple juices and only the juice forms. It feel like getting kicked in the nuts almost.

Jen / February 22, 2012 1:52 PM

For those, like myself, who found this and read through it - organic doesn't make a difference. I ONLY eat organic apples and I still feel sick.

Ian / June 10, 2012 9:02 PM

Its a bit of a relief in a way to find that this condition is fairly common.
I get nausea after eating apples which lasts for about 5 mins. Its that sickly feeling in the back of the throat. Cooked apples and juice dont have the same effect. Peeling them makes no difference.
Around the same time I started to get the nausea I also started getting migraines but apples are not a trigger.
I think I will stop eating apples and switch to bananas, grapes or pears instead which dont give me any problems

Anonymous / July 20, 2012 9:28 PM

The itchy mouth after eating apples is the key.They're puttong something on or in the apple, on or in the watermrelon. Wash it really well before you eat it and consider peeling all your fruit.

Misty / January 29, 2013 10:49 AM

I just googled this because it finally dawned on me that I was only getting this sick after I ate a few bites of raw apple! My stomach gets really full, I have foamy burps and I end up so nauseous that I stay in bed and dont move for a few hours. The only other correlation I can contribute is that this only happens during and a little after pregnancy. I can't wait to eat apples again in a few months (if I can!) glad I'm not alone in this! There's not too much info about it, which is really odd for something that appears to be pretty common.

J. Pear / March 11, 2013 9:36 PM

I also get nauseous immediately after eating apple peels. (Peeled apples are ok). Strangely enough, I get the same feeling after eating almonds. Anyone have an explanation?

Eva Wilhem / September 14, 2013 6:10 AM

in Europe there's an allergy against the birch tree. Many apple trees are grown near birch trees (well, they're both very common in central Europa. Many Europeans have issues with eating apples raw, not cooked however, they found evidence that it is the chemical composition of the birch pollen that causes the apple fruit to cause issues with people. I have forgotten the name of this illness but it is common knowledge (got it from my sister who's a doctor in Germany). Now, even though we may eat apples in areas where there are no birch trees, apparently, it is our genetic inheritance that we can't eat them. I know this seems all rather strange but I asked a lot a few years, after I felt worse and worse after eating apples.

Cee / October 21, 2013 4:46 AM

Always had a problem eating apples as a kid. Used to love them but felt sick and headachey after and my mum didn't believe me. I got into a habit of having a drink of something straight after to wash the sick feeling away, but eventually stopped eating them. I used to feel similar with lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, all the really watery veg.

As an adult I went to the doctors who referred me for allergy testing and it turns out that I have a 'birch intolerance'. They basically rub all the things you think you are allergic to over your arm in different areas and then pin prick it to enter your body. Several allergic reaction type lumps appeared.

I then got referred to an immunisation therapy clinic (pretty much as a guinea pig) where they inject doses of silver birch into you in increasing doses over 3 years which finished this year. And just like magic I can eat apples and all the other stuff which would physically make me sick.

What brought me to this page though is that I now get a headache and dodgy belly when I have an apple BUT only if I have it on an empty stomach first thing in the morning. I'm just going to not have one in the morning now - simple. Peoples bodies just handle things differently, kind of like how beetroot makes some peoples urine pink but not others.

Anyway, I think I'm gonna have the sh1ts now, stomach has the rumbles...

Susab / October 23, 2013 10:25 AM

I too have joined the raw apple eating nausea club. But I only feel sick when eating raw apples. I can eat apple pie and applesause till my hearts content. I am the only one in the family that gets effected by the raw apples.

Shanna / February 26, 2014 11:15 PM

I currently have a horrible stomach ache and chills after eating an apple (I had an empty stomach beforehand). I've never had this before, but I don't eat apples very often. I have noticed in the past the same feeling from drinking some juices.

After reading people's comments here, I'm eating some bread and taking a few tums, and heading to bed. Hopefully I feel better in the morning. Thank you to everyone who responded, as it has helped me. Staying away from apples from now on...

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