Bananas: To Eat or Not to Eat?
I’m sure you’ve heard some contradictory nutrition advice about fruits like bananas as it relates to fat-loss.
So first of all, fruit doesn’t make you fat.
THAT’S a load of B.S.
However, there are times (like our famous deplete days) where limiting fruits can enhance fat-loss because it helps deplete liver glycogen and limits excess fructose in your diet.
So in some ways fruit is just like “healthy” starches and fats.
If you eat fruit excessively, it can potentially block the fat-loss process.
That’s why you have to be strategic about it.
A perfect example is bananas.
It’s a healthy fruit when it’s consumed properly. But you have to careful.
So here are the pros and cons of bananas
along with “how” to eat them the right way.
The Pros of Bananas
Bananas are an excellent source of vitamin B6 and contain moderate amounts of vitamin C, manganese, and of course potassium.
Many articles and research I’ve read also indicates consumption of bananas may be associated with a reduced risk of colorectal cancer.
Also, banana ingestion may directly affect the production of dopamine, which is a precursor to the amino acid tyrosine.
Tyrosine is a powerful “neurotransmitter” that can help increase
focus and concentration.
It’s often used in pre and post workout supplements because of it’s amazing benefits.
So as you can see, the banana is an awesome fruit, but there IS a downside…
The Cons of Bananas
The banana is very unique. And depending on WHEN you eat it during the ripening process will determine on how it affects insulin and/or fat-loss.
During the ripening process, bananas produce a plant hormone, which indirectly affects the flavor.
This hormone (called ethylene) stimulates an enzyme (amylase) that breaks down the starchy component (glucose) into sugar (fructose and sucrose), which makes is taste sweeter.
Simply put, the riper the banana the less glucose and more fructose and sucrose (sugar) it will have.
So unlike any other fruit, ripe bananas are extremely high in sucrose, which is basically the equivalent of table sugar.
This is fine and dandy if your goal is to gain muscle, but mis-timed sugar consumption always = fat storage.
So here’s how to handle the banana dilemma if you like them and want to eat them for fat-loss like I do.
How to eat them:
1. Combine them: Always combine bananas with a “complete” protein
and never eat them by themselves. If you do, it could cause a huge blood
sugar spike and send your body into a fat storing environment.
2. Time them: Try to eat them early in the morning when insulin sensitivity
is highest or, better yet, post workout to help replenish depleted liver glycogen
and maximize recovery. Always include a complete protein in this meal as well.
3. Monitor them: Make sure to you don’t “overdo” it. Try to consume bananas
on weight training days and consume only one per day.
Just you follow these guidelines, and you can go ahead and enjoy all the great benefits of this fruit – WITHOUT worrying about sugar and fat-storage.
Now that you’ve learned the real truth about bananas, please
make SURE you’re not eating the #1 TOXIC food ingredient on the planet.
In fact, eating just a tiny amount of this nasty ingredient can increase your risk of heart disease and make you store more and more visceral fat…
A dangerous kind of belly fat that’s almost impossible to get rid of.
In fact, this is the #1 ingredient making people fat and it’s
found in just about everything from…
– pizza and pie crust
– granola bars
– nut butters
– anything from a bag or a box
– almost every cheat food
– fast food milkshakes
– donuts (sorry Homer!)
– some frappuccino style coffees
– and worse, so many of your children’s foods!
Please beware of this TOXIC AVENGER and rid it from your
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