do bananas make you gain weight

Do Bananas Make You Gain Weight?

I love bananas! They have many beautifying properties, but what about the rumor that they  make you gain weight? Do bananas increase your weight and can they make you fat? Read on to find out!

Bananas are a great source of  nutrients, providing your body with benefits that enhance your overall appearance:

Bananas and your waistline

Do bananas make you gain weight? No. They won’t. Don’t be afraid that a banana will make you fat; a normal banana contains about 150 calories max. The false interpretation that a banana makes you gain weight is commonly based on the fact that a banana contains a relative large amount of  carbs, of which natural fruit sugars. These sugars are  broken down into glucose, which provides your body with energy to move your leg, make a step, walk etc. That’s a good thing! Did you know your brain can’t even function without glucose? To keep it simple: to gain weight, you’ll need to eat more calories than you burn. I wrote an article about that here and here. You can imagine that a person who needs 2.500 kcal on a daily base, won’t gain weight over a banana.

Perfect pre-workout snack

Your body directly uses the glucose, making a banana a perfect pre-workout snack. Let’s say you ate more bananas and thereby taking in more glucose than you need right away: your body stores the glucose as glycogen in your muscles and liver, saving it for energy later on. Making it more extreme, let’s say you ate more bananas and thereby took in more glucose than your liver and muscles can store at that moment: a remainder of glycogen is left, which will be stored as fat.  As you can see, it’s all about portion control and/or using up energy if you want to keep your waistline slim; one banana at the time is enough.

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Bananas and wrinkles

Due to its high values of vitamin A and vitamin C, a banana is a great anti-wrinkle food. Iron and B vitamins make a banana a great source of important minerals and vitamins for vegans and veggies.

Banana is a mood booster

The banana has positive mood influencing properties; it’s the tryptophan in it that makes you feel happy. So, if you are sensitive to (winter) depression or if you are moody in the morning, add a banana to your breakfast. You can cut up a banana and put it in your yogurt with some oats, for instance, use it to top your natural almond butter sandwich with or make a banana-yogurt-orange-flaxseed smoothie.

Psst: you’ll love this banana-coconut-peanutbutter snack!

Narcotic banana

Bananas also contain a little bit of the hormone melatonin, which makes you sleepy in the evening. If you are having problems getting into sleep, indulge on eating a small banana 2 hours before going to bed.

Nutritional value per banana:

Kcal  105   Protein  1  Carbs  27  Fiber  3  Sugars  14  Fat  0  Vit A  2%*  Vit C  17%*

  • based on a 2000 cal diet

Sleep tight!

 

xo-angela

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43 comments

  1. Hey, great knowledge you have shared here. There are numerous controversies for banana for weigh loss. But here you have made me so clear about the perfect knowledge. Thanks for sharing, appreciate you for your knowledge.

  2. You can actually gain weight eating fruit. lol. Yes bananas provide glucose for energy but it is a simple carb. The human body was designed to protect itself from starvation not to keep of weight. Your body has fail-safes for this. Only in America do we have a problem with eating to much. lol. 80% percent of the world need to eat more. This is the reality of life. Fruit’s original intent from God is to keep you alive. But now we have a Mikey D’s on every corner. Good post.

  3. Some diet supplements don’t do as much as what they say, but this will always come up with the best results.
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  4. If you eat 3 or 4 bananas daily you will really gain weight, i am saying from my personal experience if anyone needs more help please you may ask thanks

  5. I am desperately trying to loose weight
    So I thought of eating Bananas as sub for my hunger pangs because I eradicated rice from my meal. I couldn’t exercise enough because of my Sciatic problem. I am experiencing so much pain. I am struggling to get rid of 24 lbs in order to cope up with the treatments I am undergoing for my myomas. I hope that you can give me some tips. Thanks so much.

  6. Thank you for a comprehensive article, Angela. I love bananas and I would actually be happy if they helped me to gain some weight. However, I still like to have them before my Muay Thai trainings as they provide body with the glucose and one has more energy to perform :)
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  7. Great tips Angela! Banana contains lot of health benefits. I want gain weight and im eating 8 bananas daily.
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  8. 2 i want gain weight i eat daily 8 banana and go to gym but not result and not gain may weight what is reson that please tell me ?
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  9. i want gain weight i eat daily 8 banana and go to gym but not result and not gain may weight what is reson that please tell me ?
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  10. Am now 24 bt my weight s 85 kg obviously horrible can I eat banana

  11. Hello mam,i regularly go gym.but i don’t understand,if i eat banana,it’s make me fat or not nd how i eat.after breakfast or before breakfast.

  12. Hi, I m richa. My question is that banana really helps to gain weight? How much we need to eat per day. I am 21 and my weight is 43.

  13. Hi, Angela. My name is Shefali. I am from India. I am IT engineering student. I want a clear n healthy skin like just as you widout make. Because I like natural things. I dnt used to go in a parlor . I am not having pimples but there is no shine on my skin. It look nice from far bt not from close. I need tight healthy skin. I dnt want pors on my skin jst need a shining skin. Can i get it? What I need to do? Can u suggest something for me as well.

  14. 2 bananas before sleep on empty stomach.is it a good diet to make my belly flat?

    • Angela Willemse

      A flat belly depends on the amount of fat tissue and muscle tone. The amount of fat and muscle tone on the belly can be managed by diet and exercise. In general this means that, to bring down the amount of fat on the belly, the most important thing is to burn more calories than you incorporate, with a max. of +/- -200 kcal a day. Regarding exercise you can try doing various exercises on a daily base (15 minutes a day will in most cases be enough) that target your core, combined with 30 minutes of low intensity cardio exercise, such as a brisk walk, taking the stairs etc.

      It is not a one fits all science, so if you would like to have a more personalized advice, please send me an e-mail!

  15. what is the best time to take bananas for gaining weight in a day. Before meal or after meal?

  16. There is no “Accidently ate 3 bannanas” Girl nobody accidently eats something

  17. Great tips.Banana contains lot of health benefits.

  18. hi angela am happy to come across ur blog,pls how do i mk my tommy to go flat with nutrients,am chubby but my tommy is getting bigger,wat fruits do i take to control it pls?

  19. I guess i didnt haha, i realised it was a stupid question
    thank you :)

  20. Angela Willemse

    Me too Mike! Thank you for your kind compliment.

  21. Thank you for the facts. I am tired of all the diet fads. I think you are right on with portion control. By the way you are beautiful too!

  22. I accidentally ate 3 bananas today. Is that a little too much

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