MYTHBUSTER: Bananas ... good or bad?
Are bananas really bad for you? This is a question that I get a lot, and it’s one of those nutrition myths that needs to be evaluated. Many people have heard (or read) that bananas are too high in sugar, which can be fattening. Well I’m here talk to you about why I think every runner should eat a banana every day!
- Nutrient Dense: Bananas are chock full of vitamins, minerals and good for your plant nutrients that protect health—that’s a whole lot of nutrition for only 100 calories!
- Replenish electrolytes: Potassium is a main electrolyte lost in sweat, and it’s needed for bone health and for maintaining a normal blood pressure. Bananas are loaded with potassium that can quickly provide help to replenish your electrolytes after a workout.
- Filling fiber: Bananas are a great source of fiber. Fiber keeps you fuller for longer so you don’t eat too much as you pick up the mileage.
- Natural sugar: There is a difference between natural sugar and added sugar, and while bananas do contain sugar, it’s all natural! Replenish your muscles with the natural sugar found in bananas instead of processed and added sugars.
- Convenient snack: No need to refrigerate. Bananas make a very simple and convenient snack that can be tossed into your purse or gym bag. They even come in their own packaging for easy transport, which makes it easy!
- Immunity! Did you know bananas are an excellent source of vitamin C? One banana contains 20% of your daily dose of vitamin C which helps to keep your healthy, strong, and avoiding the common cold so you can train harder.
My Favorite Ways to Eat Bananas
- Keep it plain and simple: One fresh banana, please!
- Add some protein: Pair sliced bananas to your favorite plain yogurt, or a handful of raw nuts!
- Freeze bananas and use as a sweetener or addition to your post-workout shake or smoothie!
- Pair bananas with peanut butter or some dark mini chocolate chips to satisfy your salty & sweet craving!
So for all of you runners out there, grab those running shoes and go bananas!
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Known as the "Diet Diva," Tara Gidus is a nationally acclaimed nutrition expert and the official nutritionist of runDisney.