I love bananas! They have many beautifying properties, but what about the rumour that they make you gain weight? Read on to find out!
[dropcap]Bananas[/dropcap] 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.
Tip: I found a great Kindle book for only $ 3.29 with lots of banana recipes in it: “The Best Banana Smoothies: Low fat, dairy free and simply delicious (smoothie recipes, green smoothie recipes)”
Bananas and wrinkles
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!
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