Are Bananas Fattening or Weight Loss Friendly?

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People who want to improve their health are often advised to eat more fruits and vegetables. However, some people worry that high-sugar fruits like bananas can be fattening. This article explores whether bananas will make you gain or lose weight.

Nutrition Facts of Bananas

Bananas are high in many nutrients and provide many health benefits. They contain lots of fiber, carbs and some essential vitamins and minerals.

A medium-sized banana contains:

  • Potassium: 12% of the RDI.
  • Vitamin B6: 20% of the RDI.
  • Vitamin C: 17% of the RDI.
  • Magnesium: 8% of the RDI.
  • Copper: 5% of the RDI.
  • Manganese: 15% of the RDI.
  • Fiber: 3.1 grams.

This is coming with around 105 calories, 90% of which come from carbs. Most of the carbs in ripe bananas are sugars — sucrose, glucose and fructose. On the other hand, bananas are low in both fat and protein. Bananas also contain a number of beneficial plant compounds and antioxidants, including dopamine and catechin.

Bananas contain carbs, fiber, some essential nutrients and antioxidants. A medium-sized banana provides 105 calories.

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