I heard that to lose weight bananas are not recommended. My go-to food to replenish energy, vitamins, and minerals is a banana and water after my work-out. Do you have any other recommendations?
– Josh A.
The notion that bananas are not good for weight loss probably stems from their slightly higher energy density and sugar content. However, that is only in context compared to other fruits! If you choose a banana over a granola bar, you might be saving on sugar and getting more micronutrients to boot.
One way to ‘balance’ the natural fruit sugars is to consume some nuts or protein with the banana. Perhaps add 20 almonds or an ounce of string cheese to the banana for your recovery snack. The net effect is a blunted rise in blood sugar over time versus a quicker spike. This would dampen the stimulus for fat storage, though your calories would go up because of the addition. If you are still put off by a banana, then consider swapping it for 2 plums or an orange for slightly less sugar and energy.
– Debbie J., MS, RD
This article should not replace any exercise program or restrictions, any dietary supplements or restrictions, or any other medical recommendations from your primary care physician. Before starting any exercise program or diet, make sure it is approved by your doctor.
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