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Are Bananas Healthy - Should You Be Eating Bananas

Dr. Josh Axe

Dr. Josh Axe

Published on 6 years ago

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Today on The Chopping Block, our special guest is the banana. One of the most common questions I get from people is: Are bananas good for me? While bananas have great health benefits, they do have a higher sugar content compared to other fruits. Bananas are teetering on the edge of the chopping block.

Negatives of Bananas:
1. Bananas contain a lot of sugar, very little protein, and no healthy fat.
-1 medium-sized banana contains 27 grams of carbohydrates—14 grams of which are sugar—only 1 gram of protein, and 0 grams of fat.
-Bananas, when eaten alone, may affect blood sugar levels.
-Bananas are higher on the glycemic index, so they tend to affect insulin and blood sugar more than other fruits, such as berries.

Benefits of Bananas:
1. Bananas are one of the most potassium-rich foods in the world.
2. Bananas are rich in electrolytes to help fuel the cells.
-1 banana contains 500 milligrams of potassium and 32 milligrams of magnesium.
3. Bananas are lower on the glycemic index and have a lower amount of carbohydrates than whole grains.
4. Bananas are a great source of fiber.
5. Bananas are real food—unprocessed and unhybridized.

-For people who are trying to lose weight or have digestive issues or sensitive blood sugar, bananas are not the best option but still better than whole grains.
-For people who are athletic, lean, and healthy, bananas are a great option.

*This content is strictly the opinion of Dr. Josh Axe, and is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended to provide medical advice or to take the place of medical advice or treatment from a personal physician. All viewers of this content are advised to consult their doctors or qualified health professionals regarding specific health questions. Neither Dr. Axe nor the publisher of this content takes responsibility for possible health consequences of any person or persons reading or following the information in this educational content. All viewers of this content, especially those taking prescription or over-the-counter medications, should consult their physicians before beginning any nutrition, supplement or lifestyle program.

Comments :

Counter Strike

Counter Strike . 1 month ago

Yes but the banana is man made, it originally didn't have all that sugar in it, it was bred that way.

kay lynnlee

kay lynnlee . 1 month ago

I ate banana smoothies everyday for breakfast for years and lost a lot of weight

saraa x

saraa x . 2 months ago

How about if you eat banana with nuts to balance it out?

jim Digiulio

jim Digiulio . 2 months ago

stupidity demonizing sugar but say nothing of high fructose which by the way us in everything HELLO

Jeremy Jefferson

Jeremy Jefferson . 3 months ago

Absolutely WRONG on the weight loss point. Bananas are one of the absolute BEST fruits for weight loss. If you are trying to lose weight you should consider eating two bananas a day.

Márcia De Simone Meira

Márcia De Simone Meira . 4 months ago

Hello Dr. Axe! Could you talk about green bananas benefits?

Dan Ciura

Dan Ciura . 5 months ago

What a load of nonsense... I pity his patients.

Jannabi Sherpa

Jannabi Sherpa . 5 months ago

But! But! But! We require 4700mg of potassium everyday!! Which means we would have to eat 9 to 10 bananas to get our daily requirement????!!!!!!

Mr & Mrs Delicious

Mr & Mrs Delicious . 5 months ago

Bananas are not very healthy they are loaded with sugar... My aswell just have a few cookies.


YANTI_ ANWAR . 6 months ago

i will eat 10 bananas instead eat mcdonald or burger

Jeremiah Roark

Jeremiah Roark . 6 months ago

Seriously if we can’t eat bananas then we can’t eat anything guys! Everyone needs to stop obsessing! Also comparatively, there was much more foods higher in K+

DéLay LéMor

DéLay LéMor . 7 months ago

How about honey? Is it healthy?

Bert Huizr

Bert Huizr . 7 months ago

Aré bananas 🍌 allowed to make a milk 🥛 shake with coconut 🥥 milk and Greek yogurt?


joyinjesus . 7 months ago

I got rid of wheat, pasta, white rice, and sweets. So I now eat a banana with organic no sugar peanut butter as my sweets substitute. Also I love oranges with pistachios and pecans for a desert, and blueberries heated a tiny bit to get soft with pecans or cashews has been my treats since going mostly no sugar or Low sugar impact. I felt awesome in just a week. It's been just over 2 weeks now and I will not give in to sugary foods or junky processed food. YES to Bannanas! 110% for me because I don't eat junk sweets or bread anymore.


ACE . 8 months ago

If I have to give up bananas I am gonna go BANANAS.

Oc Witit

Oc Witit . 8 months ago

Dr. Josh can u help me?

Dougie Quick

Dougie Quick . 10 months ago

If I am not mistaken bandannas convert massively to sugar as they ripen ....my guess is an unripe banana compared to an overly ripe one are like two seperately animals...no?

Filipina צירילין

Filipina צירילין . 11 months ago

We always banana.. if ripe it's sweet but I want the other variety banana that we boil it unripe And when my mother was decrease her potassium I didn't choose that kind of banana but I choose the other banana that higher potassium than that ,I blend together with other vegetables and gve to her then she can walk..

Chase Miron

Chase Miron . 11 months ago

What about blending it up? Mercola recommends juicing low sugary fruits? Fructose is Fructose, if you juice and drink alot of sugary fruits in juices , your chances of diabetes is increased. Americans eat and drink loads of sugar.

William Sutton

William Sutton . 11 months ago

Next time Doc wait to hit the bowl after u make a vid 😉

Ammar Keylani

Ammar Keylani . 12 months ago

I don't really believe that you know what you are talking about. The "fructose" factor in a banana which represents 27% is actually made of INULIN and its derivative Fracto-oligosaccharides and CANNOT affect sugar level in the blood!!! Inulin is a term applied to a heterogeneous blend of fructose polymers found widely distributed in nature as plant storage carbohydrates. Oligofructose is a subgroup of inulin, consisting of polymers with a degree of polymerization (DP) ≤10. Inulin and oligofructose are not digested in the upper gastrointestinal tract; therefore, they have a reduced caloric value. They stimulate the growth of intestinal bifidobacteria. They do not lead to a rise in serum glucose or stimulate insulin secretion. Please be specific if you need to "chop" information though it would be hard going against your American genetic lust after exposure!

Magical Life Of Fruit

Magical Life Of Fruit . 1 year ago

I loved this video. It was so helpful thank you so much, both the pros & cons you've listed for bananas. I love bananas so much I'm always creating recipes out of them & other ways to use the fruits too. I'd love it if you checked out my video recipe for my Raw Vegan Banana Pudding Recipe https://youtu.be/922PLEIH8Zc


Espen . 1 year ago

Yes, bananas are a natural fruit so they are healthy.

Wonder Boom

Wonder Boom . 1 year ago



fire7side . 1 year ago

So, it's not as bad as grains like oatmeal? Oatmeal has fiber, protein, and slow digesting carbs. It's consistently used by dieters because it's easy to go 4 or 5 hours after a medium size bowl of oatmeal. Try going 4 or 5 hours after a couple bananas.

Cat's Eyes

Cat's Eyes . 1 year ago

nobody is eating 10 bananas a day.

Crystal Shaulis

Crystal Shaulis . 1 year ago

I ate 3 bananas today and it's not even noon.

Shahid gojri

Shahid gojri . 1 year ago

How many bananas are safe to eat a day

Shalawn Dudley

Shalawn Dudley . 1 year ago

I don't like bananas.

Lidia Mening

Lidia Mening . 1 year ago

I lost 100 pounds and i ate 2 or 3 banana’s a day.... so not true.....

David James

David James . 1 year ago

Bananas only hurt slobs. They are a miracle of nature and this guy makes it sound like it has the same type of sugar that are in bad things like soda or deserts.

Ben Dagostino

Ben Dagostino . 1 year ago

How can these so called doctors be so misinformed?? Fucking lol @ worrying about sugar in fruit. Facepalm!

Jessica Santos

Jessica Santos . 1 year ago

Actually bananas 🍌 have 3 grams of protein one of the highest protein containing fruit. So banana is very healthy.


leanderian . 1 year ago

Did he mention the fiber?

no name

no name . 1 year ago

I love bananas😍

mon_ cherrieee

mon_ cherrieee . 1 year ago

2:31 thank me later


Glückskatze . 1 year ago

Are noodles healthy? I'm a very skinny women and want to gain weight. Please reply! ^^

Andra Oprea

Andra Oprea . 1 year ago

High carb low fat vegan is life!

Andra Oprea

Andra Oprea . 1 year ago

I eat 20 bananas a day


TiMalice2009 . 1 year ago

According to my microbiome test I can eat them.

Leon Reaper

Leon Reaper . 1 year ago

It's ideal as a fuel if you do very intensive activities. I used to eat 1 banana before jiu jitsu and I had enough energy for 2 hours of that and because of the consistency I felt full throughout. It's a great fruit if you know when to eat it.

Robin Arden

Robin Arden . 1 year ago

I add bananas to my Kefir. (Yet i'm still weary of them)

Chiheb Bouhanaf

Chiheb Bouhanaf . 1 year ago

2:09 it has lower glycemic index than healthy grains including rice and BANANAS?? 🤣🤣 Your review is BANANA!!


MasterChiefSha . 2 years ago

Aren't bananas gmo versions of plantains?

Gloria Esfeller

Gloria Esfeller . 2 years ago

Thanks Dr Axe you always sharing your knowledge, thanks because you explain very good you always showed you care for the people. God bless you

Bev Linder

Bev Linder . 2 years ago

Always great info. Keep up the good work, Dr Axe!


craigdoc29 . 2 years ago

I personally have begun to phase out bananas from my diet and consuming more avocados. A single avocado has double the potassium of a banana and you're getting the omega 3 fatty acids as well minus the sugar!

Benja Pokelad

Benja Pokelad . 2 years ago

Plenty of armchair experts in the comments section. What's the collective noun for banana scientists I wonder? 🤓

nicole crystal

nicole crystal . 2 years ago

a double whiskey is also high on glycemic index, wouldnt u say banana more healthy it has potassium magnesium 4 heart!!!!!!! yes it has sugar thats what god gave us to eat, not mac n cheese and canned msg fake soup and cake mix box bananas and organic fruits is good and beautiful

nicole crystal

nicole crystal . 2 years ago

organic bananas excellent 4 heart that is all-------------

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