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March 25, 2012 9:22 PM
i usually have about 2 or 3 a day because i love them so much but realized they are really high in carbs...am i eating too many a day? i've heard they are bad for weightloss and also heard that they are good...help please!
March 25, 2012 9:25 PM
http://lifehacker.com/5895525/are-bananas-as-bad-for-you-as-cookies-which-foods-to-eat-to-keep-you-full-and-not-crash-later

Just something I was looking at earlier, thought it was interesting.
Edited by jeathey On March 25, 2012 9:26 PM
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March 25, 2012 9:25 PM
all i've heard about them that's bad is that they can be "binding", or in other words, they can lead to constipation... and that can impede weight loss. so if you notice yourself not having as many -- ahem -- movements... maybe cut back on the nanners!
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March 25, 2012 9:25 PM
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i usually have about 2 or 3 a day because i love them so much but realized they are really high in carbs...am i eating too many a day? i've heard they are bad for weightloss and also heard that they are good...help please!


Neither, calories then macronutrients matter, the actual sources matter little. So if you are getting in adequate protein and fats every day and can maintain a calorie deficit while eating the bananas, then go for it
March 25, 2012 9:28 PM
QUOTE:

http://lifehacker.com/5895525/are-bananas-as-bad-for-you-as-cookies-which-foods-to-eat-to-keep-you-full-and-not-crash-later

Just something I was looking at earlier, thought it was interesting.


Pretty sure that is based off Susanna Holt's study and funny I don't see jellybeans or white potatoes on the chart, both of which scored quite high on the satiety index (white boiled potatoes were actually found most satiating) but since those don't go along with their little low GI for satiety, I guess they left them off
March 25, 2012 9:29 PM
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Neither, calories then macronutrients matter, the actual sources matter little. So if you are getting in adequate protein and fats every day and can maintain a calorie deficit while eating the bananas, then go for it


Plus they make for some radical smoothies!
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March 25, 2012 9:29 PM
hahaha this reminds me of that silly ad MFP has running on it "the five foods not to eat to lose weight" and has an animated banana browning. I lost my first 5 or 10 pounds by dropping a lot of processed carbs and substituting with 2 bananas a day, along with whole grains. I think they're healthy! (As long as you're not counting them as totally "free" because you're on weight watchers and eating loads; either way, I found two a day is a pretty good number)
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March 25, 2012 9:49 PM
nothing wrong with them IMO. I onyl eat one a day at the most simply because between me and 3 kids thats 4 bananas a day (lucky hubby doesnt eat them!) and they arent cheap lol. I limit all fruits to one a day of each variety between all of us, that way we get lots of different fruits in (apples, bananas, plums, kiwifruits etc) which all have differing nutrients so more balanced than filling up on just one fruit

but overall it doesnt really matter as long as you arent overeating
March 25, 2012 9:52 PM
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all i've heard about them that's bad is that they can be "binding", or in other words, they can lead to constipation... and that can impede weight loss. so if you notice yourself not having as many -- ahem -- movements... maybe cut back on the nanners!


Same, I've heard that as well. I usually have .5 to 1 per day, 2 to 3 is a little excessive since you may also be going over your sugar intake because fruits are high in sugar. Even though natural sugar is better than added sugar it's still something to watch out for.
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June 14, 2012 4:42 AM
so.. good or bad... ---> Bananas
June 14, 2012 4:47 AM
It has lots of nutrients. Dont have i along with food. Have as a meal of its own and it is good for health.
June 14, 2012 4:48 AM
I go by the idea that it's fresh fruit, therefore, good for you in moderation, too much of a good thing becomes a bad thing.
I have one every day without fail, for breakfast, great source of energy.
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June 14, 2012 5:46 AM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

http://lifehacker.com/5895525/are-bananas-as-bad-for-you-as-cookies-which-foods-to-eat-to-keep-you-full-and-not-crash-later

Just something I was looking at earlier, thought it was interesting.


Pretty sure that is based off Susanna Holt's study and funny I don't see jellybeans or white potatoes on the chart, both of which scored quite high on the satiety index (white boiled potatoes were actually found most satiating) but since those don't go along with their little low GI for satiety, I guess they left them off


White potatoes are on the chart, they are actually off the chart because of their high satiety rating!
June 14, 2012 5:49 AM
I usually eat one a day.. any and everything is perfectly fine as long as you can keep things in moderation..its all about balance.. I say if you love bananas there is NO harm in eating them as long as they fit in your daily goal flowerforyou
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June 14, 2012 5:50 AM
I have never given up bananas. They're great for you! smile
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June 14, 2012 5:52 AM
I love bananas! They are one fruit that I do watch how much I eat, though, just because they pack a higher calorie and sugar punch. But, hey, they have lots of good stuff and they taste good with almost everything! :)
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June 14, 2012 5:52 AM
bananas are ok but there is nothing magical about them. if you want to use all those calories for that many bananas every day then go for it but I would mix it up a bit more just to avoid all the sugar carbs in that many bananas
June 14, 2012 5:54 AM
I love me some banana puddin..
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June 14, 2012 5:59 AM
Bananas are a fruit, and epidemiology (an imperfect science at best) consistantly shows that people who choose to eat a lot of fruit tend to live a bit longer. So they're definitely not "bad for you." But, like any other food, they have calories which must be taken into account. I personally find bananas fairly filling, but there are some people who can really eat a lot of bananas.

And they do make for awesome smoothies!
  8808327
June 14, 2012 6:03 AM
Banana + peanut butter = awesome, filling, and nutritious.
June 14, 2012 6:03 AM
Definitely continue to eat them! They are good for you. Maybe not 3 a day, but it just depends on how much of your daily intake you want to dedicate to them.
June 14, 2012 6:07 AM
If they fit into your calories for the day, neither good nor bad. I avoid them as they are quite calorie dense and not very filling weight for weight.
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June 14, 2012 6:08 AM
I eat a banana a day. I like the potassium and the fiber. I'll deal with the sugar and carbs to get the other two items. They are filling and sustain me through lunch or are great after a run.
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June 14, 2012 6:12 AM
I'm drinking a banana and date smoothie right now as i write this. BANANAS ARE AWESOME!!!!!! I have bananas almost every day, and i have since i started my weight loss. It's better to eat bananas and have enough carbs to be satiated than to sit around all day craving. They are the perfect take along food in the morning, too. Running late? Grab a pile of bananas and eat them later. Don't like littering? Bananas come with their own little wrapper that is biodegradable and can be thrown anywhere. Nature's perfect breakfast food.
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June 14, 2012 6:13 AM
Bananas have lots of good things in them. Like fiber, potassium and vitamins. As you notes, they are very high in carbs, and according to the chart, they don't help you feel as full. That said, they are awesome to help with cramping from exercising. I eat one a day.
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