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April 18, 2011 9:51 AM
Plain and simple...are Bananas bad for you? Every time I pick up a banana for a snack someone seems to be yelling at me "that is going right to belly fat" true or false....
April 18, 2011 9:55 AM
Yes and no. do you go over your sugar for the day? then if so yes.

If you are looking to get super slim any added sugar can be bad but in most peoples situations it's just fine.
  1930570
April 18, 2011 9:55 AM
Not if you can fit them into your carb goal for the day, and especially not if you eat them right before or after exercise! They have a higher sugar and therefore calorie content than a lot of other fruits, but they also have potassium and fiber.

If you're really concerned about the sugar and calories in bananas, kiwi fruit also has potassium but has about half the calories.
April 18, 2011 9:58 AM
I eat those just before training.
April 18, 2011 10:04 AM
I have a banana every day......never seemed to affect me at all..............and they really curb my appetite.....
April 18, 2011 10:21 AM
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Yes and no. do you go over your sugar for the day? then if so yes.



what?!?!? how does that even make sense?
April 18, 2011 10:23 AM
NO!!! They are a fruit and damn good for you. Keep an eye on your sugar and carb intake (as you should no matter what you are eating) and factor them in as a perfect snack :)
April 18, 2011 10:44 AM
Is this a joke question?

Do people SERIOUSLY think bananas are bad for you?

wait...is this because of that stupid ad along the side of the screen sometimes that shows the browning banana...?
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April 18, 2011 11:08 AM
NO! Bananas are great! I like the person who said they eat one before workouts. It's a great pre-workout snack (especially with a little peanut butter...).

And, there is NO food that goes "straight to the belly". If you're eating as many calories as you burn (bmr + daily activity + exercise), you won't store extra energy.
April 18, 2011 11:09 AM
QUOTE:

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Yes and no. do you go over your sugar for the day? then if so yes.



what?!?!? how does that even make sense?


Too much sugar can hinder weight loss, and also if you are trying to cut out the last little bit and hit a really low bf%, thats how.
Edited by JDMPWR On April 18, 2011 11:10 AM
  1930570
April 18, 2011 11:51 AM
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Too much sugar can hinder weight loss, and also if you are trying to cut out the last little bit and hit a really low bf%, thats how.


What does that have to do with bananas being good or bad? While fruits do have sugar and this sugar can be counted in a generic setting (e.g. nutrition labels and MFP logs), just like fats, all sugars are not created equal, nor will they all have the same effect on the body.

No one has ever gotten fat eating fruit.
April 18, 2011 12:20 PM
People always say eat less bananas, especially if you are trying to lose weight, but I've lost over 65 lbs, and bananas are my favourite fruit. I eat almost one a day. They are great when you need to grab something and run. EAT THEM, and be happy! bigsmile
  652532
April 18, 2011 12:22 PM
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Too much sugar can hinder weight loss, and also if you are trying to cut out the last little bit and hit a really low bf%, thats how.


What does that have to do with bananas being good or bad? While fruits do have sugar and this sugar can be counted in a generic setting (e.g. nutrition labels and MFP logs), just like fats, all sugars are not created equal, nor will they all have the same effect on the body.

No one has ever gotten fat eating fruit.


Hence why I said yes AND no.....read above please.
  1930570
April 18, 2011 12:25 PM
there not bad for you
eat them after a good workout though...
April 18, 2011 12:27 PM
They're not "bad" for you - they're just not the best choice most of the time.

Bananas have a high glycemic index after they ripen, which means that unless you're eating green bananas, they affect your blood sugar levels similar to when you eat white bread or sugar.

While most fruits like apples contain fructose and glucose, ripe bananas contain an extra kind of sugar: sucrose, which is basically akin to table sugar. That third type of sugar is why they affect blood sugar the way they do, and why a lot of people say don't eat them.

If you have one occasionally, it probably won't throw off your diet. Bananas have a lot of nutrients and benefits. But if you're trying to lose weight, I wouldn't make that your fruit of choice.
  4718339
April 18, 2011 12:39 PM
I agree with aeckeles. Bananas have a high glycemic index, so they are broken down into glucose really quickly, which causes a spike in insulin much more quickly than fruits with low glycemic indexes. The spike in insulin is associated with fat storage. Normally, the banana might not be the ideal fruit of choice throughout the day, unless you accompany it with a healthy fat or protein which will slow down the digestive process and keep insulin levels more stable. However, a banana is great before or after a workout, since you want to consume a source of quick fuel in those situations. Particularly afterwards because of its great potassium levels, which help with electrolyte balance.
Edited by hsinster On April 18, 2011 12:40 PM
April 18, 2011 1:10 PM
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Too much sugar can hinder weight loss, and also if you are trying to cut out the last little bit and hit a really low bf%, thats how.


What does that have to do with bananas being good or bad? While fruits do have sugar and this sugar can be counted in a generic setting (e.g. nutrition labels and MFP logs), just like fats, all sugars are not created equal, nor will they all have the same effect on the body.

No one has ever gotten fat eating fruit.


EXACTLY...what a bizarre thing to say
April 18, 2011 1:13 PM
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They're not "bad" for you - they're just not the best choice most of the time.

Bananas have a high glycemic index after they ripen, which means that unless you're eating green bananas, they affect your blood sugar levels similar to when you eat white bread or sugar.

While most fruits like apples contain fructose and glucose, ripe bananas contain an extra kind of sugar: sucrose, which is basically akin to table sugar. That third type of sugar is why they affect blood sugar the way they do, and why a lot of people say don't eat them.

If you have one occasionally, it probably won't throw off your diet. Bananas have a lot of nutrients and benefits. But if you're trying to lose weight, I wouldn't make that your fruit of choice.


Thank you. thkelly this is what I mean....again please read.
  1930570
April 18, 2011 1:14 PM
QUOTE:

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They're not "bad" for you - they're just not the best choice most of the time.

Bananas have a high glycemic index after they ripen, which means that unless you're eating green bananas, they affect your blood sugar levels similar to when you eat white bread or sugar.

While most fruits like apples contain fructose and glucose, ripe bananas contain an extra kind of sugar: sucrose, which is basically akin to table sugar. That third type of sugar is why they affect blood sugar the way they do, and why a lot of people say don't eat them.

If you have one occasionally, it probably won't throw off your diet. Bananas have a lot of nutrients and benefits. But if you're trying to lose weight, I wouldn't make that your fruit of choice.


Thank you. thkelly this is what I mean....again please read.


yes this is a great answer. unlike your blanket statement that they're good and bad which makes no sense at all.
April 18, 2011 1:21 PM
whoa!! There's a lot of testoterone in this thread for me...LOL...
April 18, 2011 1:24 PM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

QUOTE:

They're not "bad" for you - they're just not the best choice most of the time.

Bananas have a high glycemic index after they ripen, which means that unless you're eating green bananas, they affect your blood sugar levels similar to when you eat white bread or sugar.

While most fruits like apples contain fructose and glucose, ripe bananas contain an extra kind of sugar: sucrose, which is basically akin to table sugar. That third type of sugar is why they affect blood sugar the way they do, and why a lot of people say don't eat them.

If you have one occasionally, it probably won't throw off your diet. Bananas have a lot of nutrients and benefits. But if you're trying to lose weight, I wouldn't make that your fruit of choice.


Thank you. thkelly this is what I mean....again please read.


yes this is a great answer. unlike your blanket statement that they're good and bad which makes no sense at all.


next time I will write a 5 page scientifically backed study on my yes and no....mmmmkay?
  1930570
April 18, 2011 1:26 PM
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whoa!! There's a lot of testoterone in this thread for me...LOL...

For real.
  652532
April 18, 2011 1:35 PM
Most monkeys are in pretty good shape.
April 18, 2011 1:40 PM
I know that banana's are a good source of potassium. I used to work in a large general hospital and I observed that a banana was always a quick and ready foood choice for every Doctor on the go.....so thats good enough for me!
April 18, 2011 1:40 PM
I often mix a banana in with my protein shake after I work out b/c you need those carbs to help the protein get into your muscles!

My answer to your question would be anything eaten in moderation is not bad for you....
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