people say don’t eat bananas, some people say a banana a day
is a must. I am confused. Will I become fat if I eat bananas daily.
Please can you advise me and explain what is the nutritive value
of a banana?
Banana is a
fruit and a food that contains almost, no fat at all. It however
has a sugar content which is much higher than that found in most
other fruits. Therefore it is often considered as fattening. One
average size banana 100gms, without skin will give us 120cals, 0.4
gm fiber some carotene (VitA,) VitB and Vit C. It is also a good
source of potassium. One small yellow banana gives us 50 cals, 0.2gm
apple on the other hand 100gm would give us 60 cals and 1.0gm fiber.
An orange 100gms would give 40cals, 0.4gm fiber and a lot of Vit
C. I would say that anybody on a very strict weight reduction diet
would be wise to choose an apple or orange, when reaching for a
fruit rather than a banana. How ever if you were to choose between
eating a pastry or chocolate and a banana I would say eat the banana
as it has no fat in its composition while the pastry or chocolate
will give you sugar as well as fat and that will make you put on
A person who
is maintaining his\her weight is free to eat a banana a day but
try to have a variety of fruits rather than only bananas. Fruits
are the best snacks or desserts one can choose as they give one
sugar to raise your energy levels without additional fat. Also they
are a source of fiber, fluid, vitamins and minerals in ready to
eat, concentrated packs. All fruits contain fructose, fruit sugar
and glucose. Both these are monosaccharides and this is the easiest
to digest giving energy in 20-30 minutes of consumption. When you
feel like a snack between meals or a sweet after meals choose a
fruit instead of chocolates, chicky or toffees.
patients are advised not to eat banana because of its high sugar
content and also because it has a high glycemic effect. That is,
it raises the sugar levels very fast. However if the diabetic is
in a state of low sugar and feeling weak or giddy a fruit or even
a banana is a better choice for raising up their sugar level than
a teaspoon of sugar or a toffee.