Despite being one of the most popular and frequently eaten fruits, bananas get mixed reviews in the fitness community. So what’s the deal? Is eating bananas good or bad for you? Let’s go over the benefits and possible downsides of eating bananas so you can make the best decision for yourself.
• High in potassium and fiber
• Good source of magnesium, vitamins C and B6
• High in antioxidants
• Shown to boost strength of nervous system and eye health
• Relatively low in calories—1 medium banana is approximately 110-115 calories
• Considered a heart-healthy food
• Can assist with mood due to tryptophan levels
• Less ripe bananas have a lower glycemic index rate than riper bananas (30 versus 50 on a scale of 100)
• Excessive consumption can lead to headaches and tiredness
• Poor protein content
• Not suitable for a meal replacement
• Higher in sugar compared with other fruits; this is problematic for people watching carbohydrate intake
What’s the verdict? You’ve read about the good and the bad of eating bananas. Ultimately the decision is yours. Remember that fruit is important to our overall health and when consumed in moderation, this particular fruit packs a major nutritional punch. Let’s stop “monkeying” around and learn the facts first before we omit bananas from our diet!