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February 14, 2012 11:20 AM
I eat a banana every day but it takes up 14g of my 36g of sugar allowed per day so I'm almost ALWAYS over on that category. Should I cut back on them? I exercise five days a week, four days are runs and one day is a boot camp class. I heard banana's are a great source of energy but is the sugar too much?
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February 14, 2012 11:21 AM
banana every day is fine.
February 14, 2012 11:21 AM
deliciously good.
February 14, 2012 11:22 AM
Great Source of energy! I eat one a day as well!
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February 14, 2012 11:22 AM
Good for you. Unless it's some refined sugar then I wouldn't really worry to much about it.
  1930570
February 14, 2012 11:22 AM
I, too, eat a half or whole banana every day. I've read that we shouldn't be as concerned with sugars that naturally occur in fruits...it's the processed sugars that harm us most. Plus, bananas are excellent sources of potassium. : )
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February 14, 2012 11:22 AM
Never deny yourself a fruit serving. And they are high in so many nutrients. Always worth the hit IMHO.
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February 14, 2012 11:22 AM
I never worry about sugar coming from fruit - way different than refined white sugar in cakes/cookies etc. Bananas are good for you for SO many reasons. Eat away :)
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February 14, 2012 11:23 AM
Bananas are the new apples; but that's just the gospel according to me.
February 14, 2012 11:23 AM
Also a great source of potassium
February 14, 2012 11:23 AM
Great source of potassium. I usually eat two or three a day.
  1372883
February 14, 2012 11:23 AM
I decided to cut them out. They were not worth the calories and they "bind" me up for some reason. I find that berries with yogurt and a little granola are more worth while.
  14691849
February 14, 2012 11:24 AM
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Great source of potassium. I usually eat two or three a day.


imo...WAY too many

banannas are fine but they are so over rated
February 14, 2012 11:24 AM
I would say that if you were to eat a banana a day, you just dont want your insulin to spike just because of that sugar. So eat some nuts along with it, something with fiber causing it to metabolize the sugar from the banana. That way you get the best of both worlds.
  12173379
February 14, 2012 11:27 AM
nanner everyday for me :o)
February 14, 2012 11:27 AM
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I decided to cut them out. They were not worth the calories and they "bind" me up for some reason. I find that berries with yogurt and a little granola are more worth while.


a lot of people say that, actually...so you're not alone

My baby nephew can't have them for this same reason...lol
February 14, 2012 11:27 AM
bananas are awesome!! Especially for a pre-workout meal to give you energy while you work out, since it is a simple carb and can give you instant energy, and also afterwards with a protein shake to restore the glycogen stores in your muscles to give your muscles the energy to perform again the next day.... since it is fast absorbing it can get into the broken down muscle quick right after you workout.. also will help facilitate the absorption of the protein into the muscle if used in conjunction with protein right after a workout :P
February 14, 2012 11:27 AM
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Great source of potassium. I usually eat two or three a day.


imo...WAY too many

banannas are fine but they are so over rated


How so?
  1372883
February 14, 2012 11:29 AM
Wouldn't you get tired of eating them everyday? I eat a banana with my breakfast, but after 3 or 4 days I have to mix it up with something else.
Edited by _Timmeh_ On February 14, 2012 11:29 AM
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February 14, 2012 11:29 AM
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Great source of potassium. I usually eat two or three a day.


imo...WAY too many

banannas are fine but they are so over rated


How so?


high calorie and high sugar for me...like I said...they are fine...good potassium, etc but 2 or 3 a day is too much sugar and calories for what you get
February 14, 2012 11:30 AM
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Great source of potassium. I usually eat two or three a day.


imo...WAY too many

banannas are fine but they are so over rated




How so?



3 a day is 300 calories and loads of sugar. I banana a day is plenty. But, if that is how you choose to spend your calories, that is your decision.
  14691849
February 14, 2012 11:30 AM
QUOTE:

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Great source of potassium. I usually eat two or three a day.


imo...WAY too many

banannas are fine but they are so over rated


It's a great source of potassium. Just be careful not to intake to much potassium because that can cause hyperkalemia.
Edited by BlackRangerX On February 14, 2012 11:32 AM
February 14, 2012 11:32 AM
I don't go near them. They hit my blood sugar the same way pure sugar does. Bananas are a GMO food so I'm wary. I do love the taste of them, though.

They are way up there on the sugar scale.

Glycemic Index:
Banana - around 52 (underripe would be lower and overripe would be higher); GLYCEMIC LOAD: 14 (medium)
table sugar - between 58-65; GLYCEMIC LOAD: 7 (low)

Remember though, fructose (the main sugar in fruit) goes straight to the liver and is converted to fat (it isn't even used as energy or nutrients or anything). High consumption of fructose can lead to Non-Alcohol Fatty Liver Disease. Of course eating a whole piece of fruit is healthier than consuming HFCS through soda or processed food.

You must also remember that all non-fiber carbs turn to sugar when you ingest them. So you have to count all non-fiber carbs as sugar. Not just sugar (brown rice and white rice both raise my blood sugar pretty high - the brown just takes a little longer to do it).
Edited by hpsnickers1 On February 14, 2012 11:33 AM
February 14, 2012 11:33 AM
I have one every morning and sure can't complain.

Except I forgot mine today. That I will complain about.
February 14, 2012 11:34 AM
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bananas are awesome!! Especially for a pre-workout meal to give you energy while you work out, since it is a simple carb and can give you instant energy, and also afterwards with a protein shake to restore the glycogen stores in your muscles to give your muscles the energy to perform again the next day.... since it is fast absorbing it can get into the broken down muscle quick right after you workout.. also will help facilitate the absorption of the protein into the muscle if used in conjunction with protein right after a workout :P


More bro science from Glen, you're on a role today

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