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Does/Did Ringo have a food allergy?
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15 March 2013
Ron Nasty
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He developed food allergies and sensitives as a result of his childhood illnesses, which included appendicitis at 6 (from which he developed severe complications and ended up in a coma) and chronic pleurisy at 13 (which saw him admitted to a sanatorium for two years). He was pretty much okay with the standard working class diet of the time. With The Beatles success, he found himself having problems with much of the more exotic fare that was suddenly available to them. He especially had problems with spicy food. Asked backstage at the NME Poll-Winners Concert (26 April 1964), "Do you have anything special if all of you went out to eat at once?" Ringo replies, "We eat steak usually if we go out. Steak and chips. Egg and chips. Beans. Bacon. Chicken."

Ringo and beans comes to the fore because of the suitcase of beans he took with him to India in 1968, though he wasn't only eating beans there. In the Anthology book he explains, "The food was impossible for me because I'm allergic to so many different things. I took two suitcases with me, one of clothes and the other full of Heinz beans (there's a plug for you). Then one morning the guys who were dealing with the food said, 'Would you like some eggs?' And I said, 'Oh yeah, sure,' and the next morning they said it again. I thought, 'Oh yeah, great - things are looking up.'

"Then I saw them burying the shells. That was the first of several incidents that made me think that it was not what I thought it would be. You weren't supposed to have eggs inside this religious and spiritual ashram. I thought: 'What do you mean, you're burying the shells? Can't God see that too?'"

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If the drummer sustained himself on mainly beans and eggs, Abbey Road must have stunk during the sessions!

I imagine he would have sneaked a big one out every time he did a loud crash:


JL-                   Don't let me down..... et cetera

No wonder they developed a taste for burning joss sticks.


Beans, beans, the musical fruit, the more I eat, the more I toot...

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