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Does/Did Ringo have a food allergy?
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15 March 2013
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I remember either reading, or hearing from the horse's mouth (i.e., from Ringo during an interview) that Ringo during the Beatles days discovered he could not eat normal food, and had to limit his food to just cans of one type of bean and nothing else.

Is that true?

If so, is it still the case?

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15 March 2013
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I believe he did have digestive issues stemming from his childhood bouts with appendicitis and other illnesses - that was one of the reasons he couldn't handle the food in Rishikesh, wasn't it?

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15 March 2013
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Yep. Supposedly for most of at least the Beatles years, he ate egg and chips and beans on toast. Lots and lots. Hell, he took SUITCASES of beans to Rishikesh! a-hard-days-night-ringo-15

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15 March 2013
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Yep. Supposedly for most of at least the Beatles years, he ate egg and chips and beans on toast. Lots and lots. Hell, he took SUITCASES of beans to Rishikesh! a-hard-days-night-ringo-15

My memory of it is that he could only eat one thing -- beans.  Not also eggs and chips and toast.  Hell, beans, eggs, chips and toast amounts to quite a lot of variety.

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Funny Paper said

DrBeatle said
Yep. Supposedly for most of at least the Beatles years, he ate egg and chips and beans on toast. Lots and lots. Hell, he took SUITCASES of beans to Rishikesh! a-hard-days-night-ringo-15

My memory of it is that he could only eat one thing -- beans.  Not also eggs and chips and toast.  Hell, beans, eggs, chips and toast amounts to quite a lot of variety.

There are interviews with both him and Maureen that state he would eat egg and chips EVERY NIGHT after coming home from the studio. It's even joked about it a few books how that's all he would eat most meals (along with the aforementioned beans and toast). I believe the egg and chip bit is in Hunter Davies' book, but there are also a bunch of interviews from the 1960s scattered all over the internet (Google 'em) where he says this.

(I can't believe we're discussing Ringo's eating habits, :lol: !)

 

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15 March 2013
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Better we discuss that than his "hot water bottle collection"!

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15 March 2013
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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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16 March 2013
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I believe his stomach issues would be the reason he became vegetarian. 

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I believe his stomach issues would be the reason he became vegetarian. 

Actually it turned him off for a long time, because he found too many spices being used in vegetarian dishes, and his stomach couldn't handle spices.

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16 March 2013
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Thanks for the information mja and others.  I guess my dim memory of an amorphous "food allergy" (as opposed to actual medical problems) and the "one type of beans only" was garbled long ago in the translation.

Does anyone know if Ringo now can eat normally without having to worry about spce and variety?

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Funny Paper said
Thanks for the information mja and others.  I guess my dim memory of an amorphous "food allergy" (as opposed to actual medical problems) and the "one type of beans only" was garbled long ago in the translation.

Does anyone know if Ringo now can eat normally without having to worry about spce and variety?

He does still have problems with spices and variety. He's also not great with vegetables. There's a great story from Hunter Davies in his book The Beatles, Football and Me. I can't find the book right now to give the exact passage(s), or date it, but it goes something like this: Hunter invited Ringo to dinner one night, and Ringo informed him that he was now a vegetarian. Hunter's wife went to a lot trouble coming up with a vegetarian dish for him, because it was something she wasn't used to cooking, but when he arrived he said that although he was a vegetarian he didn't really like vegetables and was there any chance of beans on toast!

Maybe that's part of the beans legend as well, that since becoming vegetarian beans on toast has become his favourite dish.

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17 March 2013
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Beans on toast? Yuck.

 

17 March 2013
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^^ Like a lot of British food (dare I say this), it's pretty tasteless. Probably why he eats it so much, there's no risk of his stomach not liking it.

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18 March 2013
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Blimey!

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:

Ringo- (FHAAAAAAAART)      (FHAAAAAAAAARTTT)

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

No wonder they developed a taste for burning joss sticks.

 

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18 March 2013
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It seems Will T the "journalist" has sunk to more desperate methods.

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So British food is tasteless, eh?!

Here in London the food is some of the best in the world (both restaurants and food ingredient shops i.e. green grocers, fish mongers, halal & kosher butchers, spice shops, all many of stuff): Pakistani (e.g. Nehari and nan), Chinese (e.g. proper roast duck and rice), Tamil Sri Lankan (e.g. Crab curry/ mutton khottu), Polish (e.g. pickled herrings/ rye bread), Jamaican (curry goat/ jerk chicken/ dumplings/ Guinness punch), Italian (you name it!), French, West African, Bulgarian breakfast, Greek, English (e.g. proper sausages, great cheeses), Somalian, Tapas, London (e.g. eels, mash & liquor), Japanese, Turkish and middle Eastern (e.g. doner- proper doner!, falafal, kebabs et cetera), Indian (e.g. bhel puri, haleem), Korean et cetera et cetera et cetera all nicely influencing each other into a exciting new cuisine. A bit short on decent Mexican though! Or even shight Mexican. We don't have Taco Bell yet!

21 March 2013
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I'm gonna get multiculturalist indigestion...a-hard-days-night-ringo-6

 

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Oh! I've just noticed that you're marooned out in one of the peripheral colonies and not in the main thrust of humanity and civilization! Bad luck!

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lol at the notion that Britain (ALL of Britain and not just London/big English cities for that matter) being the only place in "civilization" where one can get delicious Pakistani/Chinese/Italian/Jamaican etc cuisine as well as good ol' English bangers n' mash!

At least he admitted the shortage of good Mexican food, though, I'll give him that. Too bad...that stuff rules. (As for bangers/mash etc, I have to say I've never had it myself...it does sound wonderfully greasy and unhealthy. And I'm saying that as someone who loves to eat a single huge delicious greasy, starchy, unhealthy meal once a week. Or several times in a week when I'm on holidays.)

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@Von Bontee  said
lol at the notion that Britain (ALL of Britain and not just London/big English cities for that matter) being the only place in "civilization" where one can get delicious Pakistani/Chinese/Italian/Jamaican etc cuisine as well as good ol' English bangers n' mash!

At least he admitted the shortage of good Mexican food, though, I'll give him that. Too bad...that stuff rules. (As for bangers/mash etc, I have to say I've never had it myself...it does sound wonderfully greasy and unhealthy. And I'm saying that as someone who loves to eat a single huge delicious greasy, starchy, unhealthy meal once a week. Or several times in a week when I'm on holidays.)

Just out of curiosity (derailing the thread here) have you tried South Asian cuisine? 

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