So I did a Food Friday post on 23 Reasons to eat Bananas you can read it HERE and I thought to clarify that Bananas are not fattening.
Many of us out there think that bananas are fattening because they are high in calories and more dense in carbohydrates compared to other fruits this is not true at all. Bananas, like any other fruit, are fattening when consumed in excess, which is why you need to understand the importance of serving sizes. A serving of bananas is 4 oz in weight, which is equivalent to ½ a large banana. Having a banana most days of the week, therefore, can be part of a healthy eating lifestyle.
½ a large banana = 1 medium size apple = 4 fl oz of fruit juice = ½ cup of fruit salad
Here's how the calories climb based on size:
Small - 6-7" long - 90 calories
Medium - 7-8" long - 105 calories
Large - 8-9" long - 121 calories
Extra-large - over 9" - 135 calories
Furthermore, bananas are a great source of phosphorous, calcium, potassium, vitamin A, vitamin C, niacin, vitamin E and vitamin B6.
It's true that bananas are low in water compared to other fruits. That means there's more carbohydrate (and therefore more calories) per bite. Water has no calories, so generally, the higher a fruit's water content, the lower the calories per serving, since bananas are a great source of carbohydrates and potassium they are perfect to have as a pre-exercise meal or an on-the-go snack. Bananas are also great to eat for people who wish to lower their blood pressure because they are high in potassium which helps to regulate blood pressure..
Bananas provide no fat, cholesterol, or sodium, and they're incredibly nutritious. But they're also a good source of vitamin B6 (which helps maintain blood sugar levels and is needed to build protein in the body as well as nerves and immune cells), vitamin C (for immunity) and fiber (for cholesterol control and digestive health).
Bananas are part of the Flat Belly Diet!, and I highly recommend them for everyone as a nutrient-rich fruit. The bottom line is this: a food can only be "fattening" if it provides more calories than your body can burn, so essentially, no food is inherently fattening, or any food could be fattening, given the right amount. But by choosing mini bananas, you can avoid the issue of excess calories altogether.
With this explanation, I hope bananas had moved beyond their reputation for being a fruit that plumps you up.
What are your thoughts on this? Have you avoided eating bananas because of its reputation for causing weight gain? If the answer is yes, please reconsider and don't be afraid.
Have a banana and start Eating Free!!!
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