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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.
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