There is a lot of confusion out there when it comes to bananas, is it a healthy food or is it not!!! I often get told by friends and clients alike; that they’ve had a healthy start to the day in the form of a banana smoothie!!! is that wise? well I’m going to attempt to clear the mystery, hopefully without upsetting most of us.
Unlike most other fruits, bananas actually contain 3 types of sugars. A ripe banana contains sucrose, fructose and glucose. Glucose being the worst kind of sugar, as it directly targets your fat cells, granted Bananas also contain high levels of vitamins and minerals, namely B6, manganese and potassium, but it’s not by any means the highest source of potassium as most of us are led to believe, percentage wise, dates for example contain far higher levels of potassium.
It’s not as black and white I’m afraid, so if you are a healthy child/adult, who is active and engage in a lot of activities, exercise and so on, then I would prefer you to snack on a banana rather than a biscuit or a chocolate bar, but and here’s a big BUT, if you lead a sedentary life style, then a banana is not good for you, specially if its ripped, as it is high in starch and sugar, contributing to your weight gain, also for some adults who’s electrolytes are not balanced, excess Potassium can actually have negative effects on their cardiovascular health, so you see its a very individual matter, personally I steer away from bananas except the very occasional treat, instead I opt for apples, berries, and pears.
There you have it, unless you’re heading to the gym, then I would give bananas a miss…