Banana Nutrition Facts
How healthy are bananas? Okay, so they’re a fruit, so probably not too bad. You don't need a nutritionist to tell you that. But bananas also have a reputation of being one of the most sugary fruits out there. What should you believe? Are they worth eating if you’re trying to lose weight? Will they ruin your diet, or improve your health? Are they part of a balanced diet?
Banana Nutritional Breakdown
A medium banana has about 100 calories, and like most fruits and vegetables, those calories come in the form of carbohydrates. You’ll get a little fiber (about 3 grams), and a few vitamins and nutrients: vitamins C and B6, manganese, and, of course, potassium. Bananas are well known for their potassium. This is an important nutrient because it can help to counteract a high sodium intake (which most of us get from eating processed foods) to keep your blood pressure levels in check. So far, so good.
Also: antioxidant levels in bananas are highest when the banana is ripe, so be patient!
But about half of the carbs in a banana come from sugar (about 15 grams). This is a fairly high percentage of a banana’s calories, but it’s not a huge amount of sugar. A can of soda, for comparison, probably has 40 grams of sugar. So a banana isn’t going to bust your gut as long as you eat them in moderation. Don’t go Koko the monkey on me and eat ten a day. That will net you 150 grams of sugar and probably require another notch on your belt.
Other banana benefits
One of the best things about bananas is how convenient they are. They might not be the healthiest fruit on the planet, but how much easier can you get? Just toss one in your bag or in the car and whenever you feel hungry, peel it and enjoy. You don’t even have to rinse them for God’s sake! They’re also one of the cheapest foods known to man. I just bought a bunch of five today and it cost me a buck.
Supposedly, bananas also suppress acid in your digestive system, helping reduce heartburn and ulcers. Although I’m not sure if this is good for digestion, or bad. The soluble fiber also helps with constipation.
Careful with that banana peel! Don’t slip on it!