“Bananas are a healthful addition to a balanced diet for weight loss, as they provide a range of vital nutrients and are a good source of fiber. Bananas make an excellent snack food, dessert or breakfast. Their versatility makes them easy to add to your diet plan for weight loss.”
There is no conclusive evidence that bananas make you gain or lose weight. No one food is responsible for weight loss or weight gain. Instead, consider your overall daily nutrient intake. Weight loss occurs when you create a calorie deficit, either through consuming less calories, burning more calories, or a combination of both. Bananas have calories, and calories are calories no matter the source.
Some foods, such as those that are high in fiber or high in protein, will make you feel full longer, with a smaller number of calories. Thus, when you consume fewer calories by incorporating more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein into your diet, these dietary habits will favor your weight loss.
When compared with other fruits, like berries, bananas are higher in energy (calories), which gives them a bad reputation of not being “good” for weight loss. However, as the recommendation for a balanced diet includes 3 to 5 servings of fruits and vegetables every day, bananas can certainly be incorporated into a healthy diet, even if the goal is to lose weight.
Health benefits of banana:
Bananas are high in potassium and pectin, a form of fiber & good nutrition for weight loss. They can also be a good way to get magnesium and vitamins C and B6.
Bananas are good for your heart. They are packed with potassium, a mineral electrolyte that keeps electricity flowing throughout your body, which is required to keep your heart beating.
Bananas' high potassium and low sodium content may also help protect your cardiovascular system against high blood pressure, according to the FDA.
Bananas are also known to reduce swelling, protect against developing Type 2 diabetes, aid in weight loss, strengthen the nervous system, and help with the production of white blood cells, all due to the high level of vitamin B6 that bananas contain.
Unripe green bananas are a rich source of prebiotics and contain resistant starch. Resistant starch is a carbohydrate that does not break down easily in the small intestine. Instead, it passes through to the large intestine, which means that it does not increase blood sugar levels. It then ferments in the large intestine, stimulating the growth of good bacteria in the gut.
Eating more resistant starch may help people lose weight, as it acts in a similar way to dietary fiber. It may reduce a person’s appetite by making them feeling fuller for longer.
Overall, people looking to lose weight should consider how many calories they are taking in compared with the number of calories that they are burning.
“Bananas are healthful and nutritious to eat in moderation as part of a balanced diet.”
An article by
Ms. Meena Ganagani
Holistic Coach – MindBodyFood
Gold’s Gym India