May 28th, 2010
Banana; Good or Bad?
As with all nutritional things there is a sea of contradictions. One report in a women’s magazine may say that celebrity a can’t go near them. The next week the same magazine may well have a piece in it where celebrity B eats only bananas.
So what’s the scoop? Here is the nutritional label for a banana.
So what does this show us? A purist personal trainer might ban his/her clients from having any fruit at all, as it contains sugars. This natural sugar contained in fruit (fructose) goes easily into the blood stream and does not take much work by our digestive system to be turned into glycogen, the fuel that we use. This means that we don’t burn many calories digesting a banana, and that if we are already full or generally eating too much that the fructose will be stored as fat. It also might cause a spike in blood sugar levels (easily converted as discussed above) which may in turn make us go into a glycaemic trough at which point we will get tired and crave something sweet.
HOWEVER on the up side the banana is a whole food-it has not been tampered with by man in any way, and contains no refined sugars, no animal or saturated fats, no flour or hydrogenated fats and no cholesterol. It also has lots of potassium in it which us humans must have to survive. Potassium is good for synthesis of proteins, helps the heart work properly, helps muscle fibres work properly, and keeps our cells healthy. The banana also has fibre in it, aiding digestion and a healthy digestive tract. It also contains lots of other essential minerals in smaller amounts.
So there is both good and bad in a bannana. Our opinion here at Diets Don’t Work Personal Training is that bananas are great! Only a purist trainer would say no fruit, and while this can be helpful in eliminating all sugars in the diet, helping with overall calorie control and even blood sugar levels, the sugars contained in it are natural. Anything natural is of course a good thing, in moderation.
bannanas also are very easily digestible, amd so are the perfect food for for pre, post and even during sport. Have a look at Wimbledon this year, and look how many top players have a few bites of a bannana between sets or even games. If it’s good enough for these gods then it’s good enough for us mere mortals. Have a look on our knowledge
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