You might also like these other newsletters: Please enter a valid email address Sign up Oops! Please enter a valid email address Oops! Please select a newsletter Bananas contain fiber, potassium, and vitamin C, among other good-for-you vitamins and minerals. How Many Calories Are in a Banana?
One medium banana about seven inches long comes in at calories. One medium banana packs 27 grams of carbs. A larger banana might equal two slices of bread, while a small would be equivalent to an apple or orange. Are Bananas Filled With Sugar?
Yes, they do have some sugar in them — 14 g — but this sugar is wrapped up in a healthful package of 3 g of fiber and even 1 g of protein. Davis says that along with the naturally occurring sugar, you also get small amounts of other nutrients, like vitamin C , magnesium, folate, vitamin A , and iron. Bananas are also rife with disease-fighting antioxidants, suggests a review published in September in Food Chemistry.
What About the Potassium Content in Bananas? She explains that both sodium and potassium work together to move fluid in and out of your cells, and research shows that potassium is key to balancing your blood pressure. In fact, a study published in April in the American Journal of Physiology concluded that increasing the amount of potassium eaten in the context of nutritious, natural sources can reduce blood pressure, and therefore have an impact on lowering the risk of heart and kidney disease.
Also, their potassium helps to stabilize sodium levels, reducing bloating, according to Harvard Medical School's Harvard Health Letter. But if you have type 2 diabetes , you may want to eat it with a protein source, like nut butter, to help you feel fuller and potentially increase your chances for weight loss success.
You can also add a mashed banana into cooked quinoa which contains protein for breakfast. If you have diabetes, know that bananas furthermore contain a type of fiber called resistant starch, which lowers your blood sugar response — one study published in January in Nutrition Bulletin showed that foods containing resistant starch like bananas may be particularly beneficial for those who have diabetes.
Most people could safely eat up to six or seven bananas a day, says Davis. According to the American Heart Association , beta-blockers are just one of the heart disease drugs associated with hyperkalemia, also called high potassium. Others include diuretics and angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors ACE inhibitors. Davis recommends eating a banana before a meal. The fiber will help fill you up so you have less room for what follows. You can also use mashed bananas to replace the oil in baked goods and decrease the calories, Davis points out.