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are bananas really bad for you?


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I've read a couple articles that say bananas aren't the best choice for fruit because they are high in sugar? Is this true?
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They are a higher sugar content fruit, but I go by it's FRUIT! It's natural sugar, I eat a banana everyday in my oatmeal, love them!

They're very good for you! Packed with nutrition!

They are a lot denser than most fruits (higher in sugar and calories per gram) but as long as you don't go crazy on them and fit them into your daily allowance, you don't need to worry. 

 

I think bananas are only bad for you if you slip on one lol

Original Post by halfhearted:

I think bananas are only bad for you if you slip on one lol


rofl! That's true though. Bananas are very good for you, and among the most nutritious fruits. As long as you don't eat like 5 of them a day and they fit into your calorie allowance, you'll be fine

Original Post by halfhearted:

I think bananas are only bad for you if you slip on one lol

Mario Kart style!

a fruit cannot be "bad" just because it's high in calories or fructose content. actually a medium sized banana and a medium sized apple have almost the same amount of calories.

on the other hand, green bananas have a lower glycemic index number so if you're on a weight loss diet eating the ripest banana might not be the best option. not multiple times a day anyway.

Unless you're a diabetic, bananas are very good for you. They're high in potassium and vitamins and provide good fuel for your body. But if you're diabetic they can spike your sugar because they ARE very carby so you can only eat half a small banana a day (or no bananas at all.)

Original Post by kajikit:

Unless you're a diabetic, bananas are very good for you. They're high in potassium and vitamins and provide good fuel for your body. But if you're diabetic they can spike your sugar because they ARE very carby so you can only eat half a small banana a day (or no bananas at all.)


Unless you're sharing it, how do you just eat 1/2 a banana? I mean, how do you save the other half for later without it oxidizing and going bad? Do people just throw it out? It's just something I've always wondered about, since I often hear people say they only use 1/2 a banana for something like a recipe.

I cut my bananas in half, one at a time, and stick them in the fridge. I usually will eat a half in the morning and a half after dinner. Even after a day or two in the fridge they taste fine. The sliced end will be oxidized, but that's never bothered me before (I know some people--like my friends--cannot handle it, haha).

 

There are also things called "banana savers" wich you can clamp on the end of a cut banana to help keep it from oxidizing, but I don't know how well they work.

Tell you what though, bananas aren't as good as they used to be they're so under ripe in the shops these days. I remember when they were actually yellow, soft and tasty, not all green and hard. We've joined this european union thing over here now and it's just bonkers. Give me back my lovely ripe bananas

Original Post by kittycats502:

Original Post by kajikit:

Unless you're a diabetic, bananas are very good for you. They're high in potassium and vitamins and provide good fuel for your body. But if you're diabetic they can spike your sugar because they ARE very carby so you can only eat half a small banana a day (or no bananas at all.)


Unless you're sharing it, how do you just eat 1/2 a banana? I mean, how do you save the other half for later without it oxidizing and going bad? Do people just throw it out? It's just something I've always wondered about, since I often hear people say they only use 1/2 a banana for something like a recipe.

Leave the skin on, cut it in half in the middle, and when you come to eat the second end peel it and cut a bit off the exposed end to take off the squidgy bit. The skin keeps it from being exposed to air and going nasty. But Dh doesn't bother - he finds it easier just to eat apples and strawberries instead.

I'm in the banana every day club too! Full of good nutrients and perfect in a big bowl of porridge. 

I also try to adhere to the belief that very little is 'bad' for you long-term if you eat it in moderation :-)

Frozen bananas are my new favorite "treat". Tastes great and I don't feel bad about it. Just slice up some ripe bananas before they go brown and toss them in the freezer.

 

There's always money in the banana stand.

Original Post by halfhearted:

Tell you what though, bananas aren't as good as they used to be they're so under ripe in the shops these days. I remember when they were actually yellow, soft and tasty, not all green and hard. We've joined this european union thing over here now and it's just bonkers. Give me back my lovely ripe bananas


I'm the opposite. I like my bananas semi green, once they're completely yellow I throw them out, too mushy for me.

I like my bananas spotted.

I keep some around for the days the Calorie Count app says I'm low in things like potassium. 

I think they do that so they can produce more without them going bad.. I just leave them on my counter for a bit. They ripen up after a while. :) I don't like them too ripe, anyways. I prefer them more firm.

Omg...NO they aren't...^^ True, bananas are high in sugar but our bodies need a certain amount of sugar and they are a GREAT snack + they taste sooo yummy with pb or with oatmeal:) They proved real live savers in my ana recovery;D

Yes, they are higher in calories than for example an apple or a pear but they are very very nutritious:)

Here a positive article on bananas listing some of their benefits: http://didyouknowonline.blogspot.com/2008/07/ banana-secrets.html

Still, don't let various articles tell you what's good for you and what isn't - hmmm right...I just made the same mistake haha;D but I'm pro-bananas so yeah....^^
Anyway, you should trust your body to tell you whether it's good to have a banana or not;) If you want a banana - have one:)

There's always money in the banana stand.

Mother will BLOW a cow.

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