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Bananas on paleo

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 09, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Just curious to know whether you guys eat bananas regularly on paleo as a starch source. I don't, not really, 'cause I don't really like how it tastes but I'm looking to alternative starch sources, so...

Bananas on paleo. Thoughts?

1ccc0b0b7a756cd42466cef8f450d0cb

(1801)

on May 07, 2013
at 12:55 PM

Also a good source of B6 - especially if you don't ingest raw animal products.

048dd52752c45129c1212bfffb37ca72

(3150)

on May 07, 2013
at 09:40 AM

And seassonallity comes into mind. Maybe we are not meant to eat high carb plus high fat at the same time since in cold weathers carbs are difficult to gather but not fatty animals, whereas hot climates provide plenty of carbs and vegetal fats and the need for hauting for animals is reduced. Carbs may help gain weight to resist the cold seasons, but nowadays we are always in summer with respect to eating habits, no wonder why we get fat then. I realize this sounds a lot like The Quilt but I think he's right on the spot.

048dd52752c45129c1212bfffb37ca72

(3150)

on May 07, 2013
at 09:32 AM

I think the duos from fructose/tryglicerides with the glucose/insulin spike and FFA from the bloodstream from high fat all play a game of caos when combined. Calorie adjustement will deal with this when there's no overeating by limiting the caos but as whether this is a smart strategy or not I'm not sure. I've been more sucessful trying to isolate fats from carbs on my meals with some success and also try to use carbs near workouts, and for the moment being it's my take, we shall see.

048dd52752c45129c1212bfffb37ca72

(3150)

on May 07, 2013
at 09:29 AM

I think you have some good points in this Pecan. I'm no expert on the area, but from my own experiencies being a vegetarian (high carb based), now Paleo (low carb based) and in the middle, my take is that the combination of fat plus carbs make the worst scenario. That may explain why many people do well regarding colesterol levels on VLC when also high fat and so others in high carb but near to no animal fat. Many people who has tried Paleo with high carbs is experiencing a lot of trobule, just need to see some of the questions.

0b7c3e7fd96005f0b2dfd781e512fc2e

(1237)

on May 07, 2013
at 07:48 AM

"Well, that would be if an overall calorie surplus it's provided, because frankly, I doubt you could get fat on bananas if they're the only thing you're eating (and that's why most fruitarian advocates can maintain lower body-fat I guess, in the end global calories in vs out still matter to a certain extent)." The most popular fruitarian diets recommend like 3000 calories a day minimum, yet many of them don't get fat. They are on a bigggg calorie surplus. It is likely due to a form of inadvertent calorie restriction where they don't actually absorb all of the calories they are eating.

Eed7dabde3d61910685845e04605267f

(2934)

on March 24, 2013
at 12:12 PM

a healthy body is constantly shifting energy in and out of fat stores...

028e70a250f38bd61fa81b0e0789bb6e

(812)

on March 24, 2013
at 08:57 AM

Well, 29 will still give you diarrhea quite often, which is ... not necessarily not paleo, just *unpleasant*.

6fece842bd1bcf5724f458a302a2156e

(1169)

on November 10, 2012
at 12:31 PM

Yes. My efficient little body will always go for the most fattening foods possible whether paleo or other. If I like it will make me fat. So I would be the person who will buy 6 bananas and eat them one after the other. I don't have the on off switch other people have... sigh...

366c23d69eadce094a2b22299c58a424

(2988)

on November 09, 2012
at 02:36 PM

No! So it's the one fruit we buy that isn't organic. I prefer the smaller size, and they taste so much better -- Cavendish tastes unforgivably bland to me.

1d5dd4c93883ba18a130855830f4dadc

(136)

on November 09, 2012
at 01:56 PM

Are you able to find organic baby/red bananas? Cavendish are the only ones I've been able to find in organic. Same with plantains - can't find organic ones.

B3173217a49b5b0116078775a17eb21d

(11488)

on November 09, 2012
at 01:27 PM

n bananas a day are paleo, as long as n<=29

2e1591c76896828077b930de5107f1af

on November 09, 2012
at 01:10 PM

lol i hate that dude

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E2b72f1912f777917d8ee6b7fba43c26

(2384)

on November 09, 2012
at 10:50 AM

Hi, I eat them almost every day. As a natural food I doubt the carbs do any harm.

Anyway you probably should stay away from 30 bananas a day

B3173217a49b5b0116078775a17eb21d

(11488)

on November 09, 2012
at 01:27 PM

n bananas a day are paleo, as long as n<=29

2e1591c76896828077b930de5107f1af

on November 09, 2012
at 01:10 PM

lol i hate that dude

028e70a250f38bd61fa81b0e0789bb6e

(812)

on March 24, 2013
at 08:57 AM

Well, 29 will still give you diarrhea quite often, which is ... not necessarily not paleo, just *unpleasant*.

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61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on November 09, 2012
at 01:42 PM

I eat one a few times a month. Regularly, yes, often, no. Not because of fructose or anything, I just like to vary my fruits and bananas aren't really high on my list. If they ever come out with a "30 Mangoes a Day" Diet, though, I may just think about that one.

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2e777bbcd49262eb31a24f821abec6bc

(1974)

on November 09, 2012
at 01:24 PM

I love bananas... And strawberries, pineapple, apples, blueberries... All fruit really! I eat tons of it.

1
B0d82fa177cb750adef3cd283e06dfdf

on August 14, 2013
at 09:51 AM

I can't seem to resist them. I microwave them with cinnamon and butter for a sweet tooth fix. I'm still losing a pound a day so I won't give them up. I have, however, given up all other sugars so that may be why the effect is diminished.

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1769e1586db055281a6401ba254e49e2

on May 07, 2013
at 09:57 AM

Hi. I had the same problem too and I found that bananas can be a good source of starch while in a Paleo diet. I eat bananas regularly but not often. I've learned that bananas have that amount of sugar which can affect our diet that's why our banana consumption will depend on our weight loss target. If you're planning to include bananas in your diet, just try to measure your food intake to make sure you're not eating too much of sugar.

1
78306e517a3e090ca11aee3ef214f20c

on May 07, 2013
at 04:19 AM

I love bananas and i eat a banana once a day at about 3pm. Love em!

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048dd52752c45129c1212bfffb37ca72

on March 24, 2013
at 09:51 AM

As many people said, I like to have them (well them no, just one of them) pre-workout or post-workout, like most fruit.

I don't think there's anything bad in them indeed, on the contrary, but if they will convert to available blood sugar, I want to have a use for this, so better need some glycogen for immediate intense anaerobic exercise or a need for a liver and muscle glycogen refill (to trigger recovery fast).

Otherwise its almost likely that it will go to fat storage, which is what we want to avoid. Well, that would be if an overall calorie surplus it's provided, because frankly, I doubt you could get fat on bananas if they're the only thing you're eating (and that's why most fruitarian advocates can maintain lower body-fat I guess, in the end global calories in vs out still matter to a certain extent).

Nutrition wise they're filled with Potassium, Magnesium, Manganese and Vitamin B6 between others so pretty nutrition dense if you can fit them in the schedule with the proper timings.

And as for paleo, well, I guess it was pretty easy to collect them on the palaeolithic era and for people that may have been starving for days, I frankly doubt that they would think it twice about eating them or not given that sweet, delicious taste, so definitely paleo!

Eed7dabde3d61910685845e04605267f

(2934)

on March 24, 2013
at 12:12 PM

a healthy body is constantly shifting energy in and out of fat stores...

0b7c3e7fd96005f0b2dfd781e512fc2e

(1237)

on May 07, 2013
at 07:48 AM

"Well, that would be if an overall calorie surplus it's provided, because frankly, I doubt you could get fat on bananas if they're the only thing you're eating (and that's why most fruitarian advocates can maintain lower body-fat I guess, in the end global calories in vs out still matter to a certain extent)." The most popular fruitarian diets recommend like 3000 calories a day minimum, yet many of them don't get fat. They are on a bigggg calorie surplus. It is likely due to a form of inadvertent calorie restriction where they don't actually absorb all of the calories they are eating.

048dd52752c45129c1212bfffb37ca72

(3150)

on May 07, 2013
at 09:32 AM

I think the duos from fructose/tryglicerides with the glucose/insulin spike and FFA from the bloodstream from high fat all play a game of caos when combined. Calorie adjustement will deal with this when there's no overeating by limiting the caos but as whether this is a smart strategy or not I'm not sure. I've been more sucessful trying to isolate fats from carbs on my meals with some success and also try to use carbs near workouts, and for the moment being it's my take, we shall see.

048dd52752c45129c1212bfffb37ca72

(3150)

on May 07, 2013
at 09:29 AM

I think you have some good points in this Pecan. I'm no expert on the area, but from my own experiencies being a vegetarian (high carb based), now Paleo (low carb based) and in the middle, my take is that the combination of fat plus carbs make the worst scenario. That may explain why many people do well regarding colesterol levels on VLC when also high fat and so others in high carb but near to no animal fat. Many people who has tried Paleo with high carbs is experiencing a lot of trobule, just need to see some of the questions.

048dd52752c45129c1212bfffb37ca72

(3150)

on May 07, 2013
at 09:40 AM

And seassonallity comes into mind. Maybe we are not meant to eat high carb plus high fat at the same time since in cold weathers carbs are difficult to gather but not fatty animals, whereas hot climates provide plenty of carbs and vegetal fats and the need for hauting for animals is reduced. Carbs may help gain weight to resist the cold seasons, but nowadays we are always in summer with respect to eating habits, no wonder why we get fat then. I realize this sounds a lot like The Quilt but I think he's right on the spot.

1
Be803dcde63e3cf5e21cc121097b8158

on March 24, 2013
at 09:34 AM

Bananas are helpful at meeting your potassium requirements, their fructose content is reasonably low, and their thick skins offer better protection from pesticides. It's at the top of my fruit list!

1ccc0b0b7a756cd42466cef8f450d0cb

(1801)

on May 07, 2013
at 12:55 PM

Also a good source of B6 - especially if you don't ingest raw animal products.

1
Aa69579f867333b08158c70e25f7daf1

(1826)

on November 10, 2012
at 06:18 AM

I breastfeed round the clock, and a banana is one of my go-to meals when I'm starving at 3 AM!! :-)

1
F694fc245d03b64d6936ddb29f4c9306

(2613)

on November 09, 2012
at 02:36 PM

Bananas are definitely Paleo, but like other very sugary fruits (e.g. pineapples, mangos), you should avoid them if you're trying to lose weight.

6fece842bd1bcf5724f458a302a2156e

(1169)

on November 10, 2012
at 12:31 PM

Yes. My efficient little body will always go for the most fattening foods possible whether paleo or other. If I like it will make me fat. So I would be the person who will buy 6 bananas and eat them one after the other. I don't have the on off switch other people have... sigh...

1
782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

on November 09, 2012
at 01:55 PM

I usually eat one banana a day post workout. They are quick to prepare (no cooking involved, unlike potatoes) and portable. If they start to get too ripe, then I freeze them and use them for banana 'ice cream'. Maybe one day I'll get around to dehydrating them to make banana chips.

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366c23d69eadce094a2b22299c58a424

(2988)

on November 09, 2012
at 11:55 AM

I eat one every day, although I eat the "baby" bananas or red bananas, both much smaller than the standard Cavendish.

366c23d69eadce094a2b22299c58a424

(2988)

on November 09, 2012
at 02:36 PM

No! So it's the one fruit we buy that isn't organic. I prefer the smaller size, and they taste so much better -- Cavendish tastes unforgivably bland to me.

1d5dd4c93883ba18a130855830f4dadc

(136)

on November 09, 2012
at 01:56 PM

Are you able to find organic baby/red bananas? Cavendish are the only ones I've been able to find in organic. Same with plantains - can't find organic ones.

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5c59179487cdbc6fd7b621f8a0a9bdfe

on March 24, 2013
at 08:50 AM

I love them in my morning shake....spinach, avocado, carrot, kale and 2 bananas with water and ice, blended. Delicious and no hunger pangs till late lunchtime.

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9c4ba98a3b480408bcf207f558fe659b

(355)

on November 10, 2012
at 05:20 AM

Starch sources alternative to what? There are many options, no point eating something you don't like (especially if it is replacing something else you don't like). Do a search on this site and you will find a list of many, many starch sources. Take a look and see if anything takes your fancy.

Personally I eat bananas, love 'em. Cheap (no real need to buy organic), easy, nutritious. I do leave them until they're super spotty though. Cannot stand green bananas.

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089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

(5635)

on November 09, 2012
at 11:22 PM

bananas aren't starches. they contain fructose and smaller amounts of sucrose. but anyway, i eat them every day. usually 2-3. i used to eat 15-20 a day when i was a raw vegan so this amount feels like nothing to me.

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742ff8ba4ff55e84593ede14ac1c3cab

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on November 09, 2012
at 11:13 PM

I eat 29 almost daily. I don't want to eat 30 because than I would be part of Duriander's crew, and I don't like him very much.

0
Ede5030721ed7241414b31b9f2c963a1

on November 09, 2012
at 09:12 PM

Plantains fried in coconut oil FTW

0
3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

(8395)

on November 09, 2012
at 08:51 PM

You might prefer plantains to bananas. They're more starchy, less "banana-y". Our regular grocery store carries them. Cook and eat them as you woul potatoes.

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193b7fb0fec8913d5ebb3b99a04d21c6

(2918)

on November 09, 2012
at 06:58 PM

I don't mind them, but when we buy them we waste them, so I stopped getting them. The kids will take a bite and throw one out (gah!). I don't crave them.

I do love plantains, however, and buy and cook those regularly.

0
3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

(18635)

on November 09, 2012
at 01:16 PM

My kids are hot and cold with em (just recently not into em...). Personally they are a rare thing. Just don't care for em unless they are fried :)

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3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on November 09, 2012
at 12:58 PM

I am with you. I used to hate bananas, but it's such a good food source that I have taught myself to eat them. Now I can do it without choking, but it's not like I crave their taste (like I do with citrus foods).

I actually think that's good, helps with potentially over-eating.

I find that bananas have good starch, their sugar content is slightly more glucose than fructose, and they are loaded with potassium.

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Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

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on November 09, 2012
at 10:37 AM

I do. Kurt Harris does too for what it's worth:

Plant storage organs like potatoes and sweet potatoes are nutrient laden and well tolerated by most people. Bananas and plantains are convenient starchy fruits. The soluble fiber in all these starchy foods is very likely beneficial, unlike the insoluble fiber in bran.

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