Bananas and Belly Fat
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Concerned about that pouch on the belly?

Do you think eating bananas in the name of having a healthy diet is causing it?

Let me tell you that this fibre-licious fruit contains 105 calories, 90% of which come from carbs and sugar in the form of sucrose, glucose, and fructose. Rich in protein, vitamins, and starch, bananas, if taken moderately, cause NO weight gain.

Again, of course, anything in excess is not good. However, no studies have proved that eating bananas lead to weight gain.

The Truth about the Fruit

Any factor, including lack of exercise, an unhealthy diet, a high intake of refined carbohydrates and sugar, or genetics, could contribute to the formation of harmful belly fat.

Have you wondered what nutrients are present in this bright yellow fruit?

Bananas are a great source of fiber, which can help you feel fuller for longer while also slowing down your digestion and preventing binge eating issues.

They contain beneficial plant compounds like dopamine and catechin, along with:

  • 9% Potassium
  • 8% Magnesium
  • 14% Manganese
  • 33% Vitamin B6
  • 11% Vitamin C
  • 10% Copper
  • 3.1 grams of Fiber

Hence, making them a good, fulfilling snack.

With less than 0.5g of fat per medium-sized banana, they are low in fat. Bananas contain trace levels of the fat-soluble vitamins A and K, thus eating them with fat can optimize their nutritional value.

No wonder why its starch properties always keep one in good health and thoughts of gaining fat at bay. This fruit can replace sweet-packaged snacks better since its calorie content is still less than low-calorie cookies.

What are its benefits?

  • Green banana flour is effective in boosting weight loss, increasing insulin sensitivity, and reducing some liver and kidney problems which are all important for long-term illness management.
  • By encouraging the growth of good bacteria that aid in digestion. It’s a terrific way to boost gut health, digestion, and regularity to consume bananas with meals like yoghurt.
  •    Despite having a negative reputation due to their high starch content, bananas are low in calories and packed with fibre that keeps you full. They are a terrific way to feel satiated without overeating because they have roughly 3 g of fibre for every 100 calories.
  • Banana peels are frequently used in medicine to treat wounds due to their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. They provide wound-healing nutrients like vitamin C (collagen) and other antioxidants when consumed. One medium banana meets about 11% of your daily needs.

Here’s how different types of bananas affect your metabolism

While some people consider bananas to be a weight-inducing snack, they say so by referring to their calorie content. Although it has more calories compared to other fruits, it is nutrient dense and, most importantly, there is no evidence to support the claim.

  1. Brown Bananas

    I know how undelightful they look, but don’t throw them away yet! The brown patches on them are an indication that the starch has transformed into simple sugar. Rich in nutrients and antioxidants, they are known to kill abnormal cancer cells and promote digestion. It is advisable for diabetic patients to keep away from brown bananas as they contain a high glycemic index.

  2. Ripe Bananas

    Easier to digest and becomes a rich source of natural sugars. They have the ability to promote gut health and positively affect your immune system, but in no way cause weight gain.

  3. Unripe Bananas

    You must be thinking, “ Why should we even eat an unripened banana?” But I can guarantee you’ll love it boiled, roasted, or fried. This green fruit contains resistant starch, and consuming it is no harm. Provided they have very little sugar content in this state, such bananas do not cater to weight gain in any way. Diabetic patients prefer it because it is a good source of probiotic bacteria and encourages better absorption of calcium.

    According to a report, it is found that resistant starch contains characteristics similar to fibre that increase the thermic effect of meals. An increase in the thermic rate leads to an increase in overall caloric or energy expenditure. Consequently, eating a lot of calories tends to promote weight loss.

 

In case you are still confused, here are some recipes to clear your mind

Bananas’ naturally occurring sugar contains sugar, which is why it won’t be easily absorbed. As a result, unlike added sugar, it does not increase blood sugar or weight gain. This takes into account the fruit in moderation.

banana recipes

  1. Smoothies

    Who doesn’t enjoy a smoothie once in a while? Now make one with a banana in it. Cut the fruit into slices, add low-fat milk and 1 tablespoon of chia seeds. There you go, with your delicious and healthy drink!

  2. Oatmeal

    Cut and place banana slices on your oatmeal ( you can even mash them) and sprinkle a dash of cinnamon on it (and viola!). Your tasty treat is ready.

  3. Banana Chips

    Without a doubt, banana chips are the healthier chips in a weight loss diet. Basically, they are dehydrated banana slices and therefore contain a lot of fat and calories.

  4. Fruit Yogurt

    What’s a better snack than some sugarless strawberry yoghurt topped with frozen banana slices? You can add some minced peanuts, sliced almonds and high-fibre bran cereal.

    If you consume a lot of bananas each day, you should be cautious about weight gain. But doesn’t that apply to any food, though? You’re more likely to consume more calories than you burn if you eat a lot of food, which could lead to weight gain. One banana each day is a great supplement to a balanced weight-management approach.

Final Words

Well, that’s pretty much it.

Anything and everything can lead to weight gain or loss. You just need to figure out the correct quantity you should consume. Labelling a fruit as something it isn’t solely based on one of its factors is such a poor judgement.

Now stop worrying about your mass gain from a simple fruit such as this and go “bananas” about this “bunch”-you see what I did there?

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