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Going bananas about bananas

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created May 31, 2013 at 9:36 AM

I eat about 2-3 bananas almost everyday. I'm wondering if this is good or bad thing, since they are a fruit and are loaded with carbs? I usually eat paleo pancakes for breakfast (just eggs and bananas mixed together and fried up. sometimes I add honey and shredded coconut, avocado etc).

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on June 02, 2013
at 01:55 PM

I probably should have worded that better.

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on May 31, 2013
at 05:26 PM

Green bananas have more resistant starch and less fructose, but ripe bananas (i.e. yellow with brown spots) are more nutritious overall. This is in accord with an evolutionary explanation as ripe bananas are easier to open, more appetizing and more appealing to the eye compared to unripe bananas. NB: This is not a prescriptive criterion; people may choose to eat ripe or unripe bananas depending on the particular health benefits they value.

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on May 31, 2013
at 05:05 PM

Can't be upvoted enough. Your diet is ultimately yours; if it makes you feel good, you're doing fine.

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on May 31, 2013
at 10:08 AM

Depends on your goals and how you feel. Are you trying to lose weight?

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on May 31, 2013
at 10:30 AM

What you eat and how you eat it are dependent on you, and any goals you've set for yourself as well as how you define Paleo for your personal needs.

So...how do you feel eating 3 bananas a day? Is your energy good? Have you noticed your clothes getting tighter? Is there something else the bananas are taking the place of that you could get through other foods? Is there a question mark quota in place, I'm about to find out?

Truth.

C6648ab69e5a1560c7585fe3ba7108fb

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on May 31, 2013
at 05:05 PM

Can't be upvoted enough. Your diet is ultimately yours; if it makes you feel good, you're doing fine.

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on May 31, 2013
at 10:14 AM

Bananas are okay as long as n is less than or equal to 29.

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on May 31, 2013
at 04:03 PM

Whether anything is "good" for you is dependent on your situation and your goals. If you are looking to lean out, I would save the bananas to just post workout. If you are happy with your body composition and how you feel, then have at it.

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on May 31, 2013
at 04:28 PM

If you're trying to lean out, it's a bad choice to have even 1 banana rather than skipping fruit or eating only some lower GI loads like berries.

I started eating bananas due to being too low in potassium (I already eat varying greens every day, all the time and red meat; I have autoimmune, so it's a lifetime of different nutrient issues) and have packed on fat. Worse, I find they seem to 'make' me crave more (which makes sense with insulin spikes and drops).

I'm pretty sure that I'm going to have to back off them for myself. If you aren't having fat issues or sugar cravings, they may be fine for you.

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9fea74f20474786fdf27781990556570

on May 31, 2013
at 02:58 PM

The greener your bananas are, the better they are for you because less of the starch has converted to fructose. The starch in the bananas are known as resistant starches that your body doesn't absorb. They fill you up without filling you out. "One of the by-products of the unabsorbed carbohydrates in your system is butyrate, a fatty acid that may inhibit the body's ability to burn carbs, forcing it to incinerate fat instead."

Source: http://www.today.com/id/44943530/ns/today-today_health/t/bad-foods-you-should-be-eating/#.Uai54mR4Y40

9fea74f20474786fdf27781990556570

(68)

on June 02, 2013
at 01:55 PM

I probably should have worded that better.

0b7c3e7fd96005f0b2dfd781e512fc2e

(1237)

on May 31, 2013
at 05:26 PM

Green bananas have more resistant starch and less fructose, but ripe bananas (i.e. yellow with brown spots) are more nutritious overall. This is in accord with an evolutionary explanation as ripe bananas are easier to open, more appetizing and more appealing to the eye compared to unripe bananas. NB: This is not a prescriptive criterion; people may choose to eat ripe or unripe bananas depending on the particular health benefits they value.

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