Given its rich sugar content, one might wonder if eating a banana every day is beneficial. A nutritionist provides insights on how to incorporate bananas into a healthy, balanced diet effectively.
Whether accompanying a bowl of muesli and yogurt for breakfast, as a snack, or post-exercise, bananas are a common choice in our daily diet. But is it really safe to consume bananas every day? Are there any contraindications for certain individuals? Renowned American dietitian, Lauren Manaker, delves into this topic in an interview with Delish according to French 750g.com.
Nutritional Benefits of Bananas
According to the USDA, an average banana contains about 105 calories, 27 grams of carbohydrates, 14 grams of sugar, 5 grams of fiber, and 422 mg of potassium. It's also a good source of other nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin B6, and electrolytes, including magnesium, sodium, and potassium.
Daily Bananas: Yes, But Not for Everyone
Eating a banana daily is likely safe, but it depends on one's health condition and diet. Overall, Manaker recommends a variety of fruits and vegetables.
"While eating a banana every day isn’t bad for many, it can be more beneficial to eat different fruits, incorporating bananas into the rotation."
This is particularly true for those on a low-potassium diet or who experience high blood sugar after consumption. The carbs and sugars in bananas can be problematic for people with diabetes. However, according to a study by the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, the carbohydrates in bananas are resistant starches, similar to fibers, and release less glucose into the blood.
Manaker adds that the number of bananas one can eat daily also depends on their overall daily diet. “For someone with a stomach condition who can only digest bananas, one per day is probably acceptable. But for those who consume a lot of bananas in addition to 'massive amounts' of foods high in quick sugars, it's not the best idea.”
Incorporating bananas into one's diet needs careful consideration of individual health needs and overall dietary patterns, as highlighted by Manaker's expertise.