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Bananas: Good or Bad For You?

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traineo Fanatic
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Posted: July 13, 2009
Are bananas, good or bad for you? Why or why not?

(I have stayed clear of banana's because I thought they were too sugary. Are they really a high sugar fruit? Or a starchy fruit, or have a high GI number?

I had a couple bites of a banana with some protein before spinning today. It didn't seem to effect my blood sugar adversely. Tasted VERY sweet though!
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Posted: July 13, 2009
!!! FOOD OF THE GODS !!!

... IMHO anyway
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traineo Team
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Posted: July 13, 2009

I saw this on another website thread. It's not my answer but an example of how 'bitchy' others are on other forums. It never seems to get like that on here.

In answer to 'should I eat such and such ... the answer was

Like all things it's about moderation.

Of course, if you could practice moderation, you would not be worrying about weight loss.


Don't you just love some people
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Posted: July 13, 2009

@ Mike, I am glad we don't talk like that to one another here.

I've been doing great with moderation, the kind of "support" I get here has helped a lot with that.

The question about bananas is about good health and learning more about nutrition. I want to maintain a stable blood sugar level while having the right kind of food energy in me to have good workouts.
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Posted: July 13, 2009
I used to have a problem with low blood sugar (dizzy, not quite there feeling) during long runs/rides BUT since I have had a banana before these types of workouts I have not had this problem. Might be all in the imagination but I find that bananas help with my perceived blood sugar levels.

Do you have a way of measuring your blood sugar level during the day? Friends of mine have their blood analysed during long rides for blood sugar levels (sure Tom knows more about this than me) but I have never gone in for this!

I'm $h!t scared of the needles!!!
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traineo Guru
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Posted: July 13, 2009
Yeah same here, needles bad, bananas good!
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traineo Regular
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Posted: July 13, 2009
I hope they aren't bad

That is the one fruit I have daily

On the P90X nutrition guide, they allow for one fruit a day and a medium banana is on that list

I've always loved them and have recently found dried/baked banana chips
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Posted: July 13, 2009
I can test and know pretty well when things are out of whack. I've done a great job for years keeping things stable with diet alone.

Now that I'm seriously working on getting in shape the harder workouts have effected things some. Today's spin class was the best, with the protein and a few bites of banana. The spin before that, however, I started to bottom out before the class was over.

I had to wonder if today's workout was that much better simply because of the "food of the gods."
traineo Guru
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Posted: July 13, 2009
I've never heard a bad thing about eating bananas before that I can remember.

Welcome to the world of food experimentation, "What food will get me through that workout?"
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Posted: July 13, 2009
Yeah I'm in that experimental stage as well ... Mine is trying to find out the least I can eat/drink to get me through the bike. In the past I have eaten and drunk (drank?) well (and felt great) only to get off the bike and not be able to run cos my stomach is sloshing about and not emptying/processing the food/drink. I'm working on 250cal per hour at the mo. Need to try it on some long bricks.
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Posted: July 13, 2009
the only bad thing about eating bananas, is that when you eat them, a chemical is excreted from your pores which attracts mosquitos, and when you live where I do, you don't need that extra help. So most of the locals here don't eat bananas from April to October, but otherwise, they're good.

Yay for dried banana chips!
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traineo Team
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Posted: July 14, 2009
the only bad thing about eating bananas, is that when you eat them, a chemical is excreted from your pores which attracts mosquitos

weird! I've never heard that. I'll bear that in mind when we go on picnics. I've never made the link before but come to think of it ...
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Posted: July 14, 2009
Wow - never would have thought there is a link between bananas and mosquitos. Very cool to know.

I love bananas (mostly when they are greenish) and I could swear I feel that there is a difference between eating a banana before kickboxing in the morning or eating half a peanut butter sandwich. The banana seems more of a light but effective fuel.
Not sure about the banana chips...I always thought they have a lot of sugar.
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traineo Guru
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Posted: July 14, 2009
Banana is very good for you, but it is also more starchy than other fruits.

To keep the GI low, you need to select a less ripe banana - go for one that is still slightly green rather than one which is yellow or yellow-brown.

I would not recommend more than 2 bananas a day simply because they're quite calorific - a medium banana is about 100 calories, compared with a medium apple - 50 calories.
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Posted: July 14, 2009
I drink a 1/2 couple water wit 1 teaspoon honey and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 30 min. before exercise every morning. I have read that this will increase my metabolism. For me banana is too heavy for my tummy.
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