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Banana Milk Shake – Unhealthy Fattening?

Does banana milkshake make you fat? Should you only include them in your diet if you are on a weight gain plan? Let us help you debunk the age old myth of banana milkshakes being  fattening and give you different reasons to include them in your diet.

Banana milkshakes are basically the concoction of two major ingredients banana and milk. It’s completely up to you what kind of milk you use, but it is advisable to go for low fat milk. Both banana and milk have a low-medium Glycemic Index, so it is not the carbohydrate content that could make you fat. The glycemic index of a serving of a ripe banana (120 gm) is 62 and that of a glass (250 ml) of low-fat milk is 32. Additionally, banana has negligible fat content, whereas milk being a dairy product helps in reducing the storage of belly fat.

Health Coach and Fitho Wellness Founder, Dhruv Gupta advices that, “banana milkshake combined with whey protein makes for an excellent post workout snack, as it provides a balanced amount of carbohydrates and proteins that help strengthen muscles.”

Besides these benefits, combination of banana and milk provides you with protein, fiber, calcium, vitamins, and minerals, which certainly don’t make you fat. Protein actually helps your body repair and grow muscles, that increases your metabolic rate, and in turn burn more calories. Vitamins and minerals are antioxidants that help your body function more efficiently, and thus can be helpful in increasing your metabolic rate. The fiber is great to keep you full for longer, and helps clean out plaque from your arteries. The little fat from low-fat milk, actually improves nutrient absorption.

If you’re worried about calories in bananas and milk, then 1 banana is about 100 calories and 1 glass of low fat milk is about 60-80 calories. So, a plain banana milkshake would be about 160-180 calories. The total calorie from this concoction is lower than a bag of chips (about 600 calories).

Additives like sugar, ice cream, unhealthy sweet syrups (basically, sugar and water), and all the extra flavorings are loaded with calories, and that is what could make a banana milkshake unhealthy and fattening. If you just have a simple banana milk shake, it is loaded with benefits and surely doesn’t add any additional weight to your body.

To know their health benefits in more detail:

Health Benefits of Banana

Health Benefits of Low Fat Milk

Here are some simple & healthy banana milkshake/smoothie recipes:

Quick Banana Milkshake

Preparation Time: 5 minutes

Serving: 1



Nutritional value (1 glass – 250 ml):

Healthy Nut Banana Smoothie

Preparation Time: 5 minutes

Serving: 1



Nutritional value (1 glass – 250 ml):

Try these recipes next time you’re craving a yummy banana milkshake.

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