This Public Service Announcement Is For People Who Say Eating Bananas Makes You Fat
Don't eat bananas, you will get fat. Oh, you don't eat bananas on a fat loss diet. It's not uncommon to come across such advice. And, of course, they come from people who know absolutely nothing about fat loss in the first place. Desi gym trainers and gym bros are primarily the ones spewing this misinformation. Thanks to poor advice, gone are the days when people consumed fruits and vegetables as part of a healthy diet. Some online training platforms, in fact, have started pushing people to cut out fruits from their weight loss diets. But does eating bananas really make you fat? Let's dig in and find out.
Banana's Nutritional Content
Bananas are a high calorie fruit. With a 100 grams you get about 90 calories. This makes it a tremendous weight-gaining food. But mind you, that doesn't make it a bad fat-loss food choice. Bananas contain vitamins like B6, C and A. It's also rich in minerals like magnesium, copper and manganese. Fiber and antioxidants are a given when it comes to bananas.
Calories from Bananas Are Not Empty!
Some people argue that since a banana has around 100 calories and they are a high GI (Glycemic index) food, they will contribute to weight gain. Well, first of all, they are not a high GI food. A bananas GI score sits at around 50. So they can either be classified as low or medium Glycemic Index food depending on their ripeness. Secondly, even if they provide around a hundred calories, those calories are not empty calories, like in the case of a sugar-based drink. The sugar from fruits is digested differently by the body when compared to processed sugar. If you observe, when you eat a banana, it gives you a feeling of satiety. That's because the calories are coming from natural carbohydrates, not processed ones. Processed carbohydrates will never keep you fuller for longer.
Weight Gain Occurs Because Of ‘Overall Extra Calories', Not Eating A Certain Food
A banana or any other fruit, for that matter, can never contribute to weight gain by itself. It never happens because of a particular type of food. Fat gain is a contribution of calories coming from everything you eat in a day. Not from a goddamn banana! If you consume more foods that contain processed carbs and sugars, you are bound to gain weight, irrespective of the fact that you eat bananas or not. A banana gives you around 100 calories which is not even 10% of the total calories of a man with a 2000 calorie intake requirement. So, the calories coming from eating a couple of bananas hardly makes a dent.
The Final Word
If you plan your diet properly, you can easily eat a banana or any other fruit as a part of your daily diet. Having a balanced diet is a more practical and healthy way to lose weight. The body follows the calories in, versus calories out rule to function. If you are maintaining a calorie deficit diet and maximum calories come from complex carbohydrates, you will lose weight. So, go ahead and EAT FRUITS, NOW!
Anuj Tyagi is a Certified Personal Trainer , Certified Sports Nutritionist and Therapeutic Exercise Specialist From American Council on Exercise (ACE) . He is the Founder of thewebsite where he provides online Training. Though a Chartered Accountant by education, he has been closely associated with Fitness Industry since 2006. His motto is to transform people Naturally and he believes that the secret formula for Fitness is Consistency and commitment towards your Training and Nutrition. You can connect with him throughFacebook andYoutube.
Note- The article just lays down the properties of sprouts. For successful fat loss or muscle, you will need to align your calorie intake with your goal. Sprouts are one of the healthiest food items out there.
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