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Is there Fat in Fruits, Vegetables

We’ve all wondered about certain fruits and vegetables-if there is fat in that? There are common misconceptions of many foods containing fat, whereas they contain no fat or extremely low fat content. On the other hand, there are some foods even if they don’t have fat, promote fat storage in the body. So, let’s find out- Is there fat in that food?

Fruits: As a standard, you can assume that most fruits have absolutely no fat content. Let’s the examples of certain fruits which are often considered to contain fat.

Photo-Fruits with fat content (troyfish@flickr)

Bananas- Bananas are nutritious and healthy, with extremely low fat content. If you believe that bananas and milk make you fat. The potassium in bananas actually promotes muscle growth and thus fat loss.

Mango- We’ve told you before that about the fat content in mangoes- there is none in the king of summer fruits.

Apples- Apples have health benefits, and have absolutely no fat content. Studies have shown that they apples can promote weight loss.

Chickoo- This much maligned Indian fruit has again no fat content. It has fiber and good carbohydrates as most fruits do. Fruit sugars provide sustained energy, and fiber keeps you from getting hungry, so the chickoo is only good for you!

Strawberries- These delicious fruits are loaded with antioxidants and contain no fat absolutely. Here’s a great strawberry banana smoothie recipe.

Now, that we’ve cleared out the fat content of most fruits, you should know that Avocado is the only popular fruit that contains fat. But avocado are good for your skin. Similar to fruits, many vegetables get a bad rap for their fat content also, so let’s find out-

Potato- French fries contain fat and potato chips are unhealthy, but the potato by itself contains no fat and potatoes can help weight loss.

Brocolli- Brocolli is one of the healthiest vegetables. No fat content, and loaded with antioxidants.

Beans- There are many kind of beans- kidney, black, lima, etc.. But they contain no fat and are among the few vegetable that help you gain muscle.

Lettuce- Lettuce is primarily water. In fact, its the primary ingredient for most salads- the holy grail of diet plans.

So, eat your vegetables and fruits without fear of their fat content. They will help you lose weight, gain muscle and get fit!

— this article is written by a dietitian @ FitHo
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Banana Milk Shake – Unhealthy Fattening?

Banana milkshakes (banana and milk combination) are a common topic of health debates- whether banana milkshakes are unhealthy, fattening & weight gaining or good for health? Many people believe that if you have banana and milk together, it will make you gain unhealthy weight! This is one of the biggest myths- banana milkshake does not make you fat. We’ll show you how..

Let’s analyze this a little. For a basic banana milkshake, you need one banana and one glass of low fat milk. A banana by itself has negligible fat. See banana calories & nutrition. Milk is a dairy product. And a recent study linked dairy consumption with reduced storage of belly fat. So, we know its not the high fat is not the problem.

Both banana and milk have a low-medium Glycemic Index, so it is not the carbohydrate content that could make you fat. Besides, banana-milk provide you with protein, fiber, calcium, vitamins, and minerals, which if anything, don’t make you fat. As you see, there is nothing in banana and milk that makes you fat.

If you’re worried about calories in bananas and milk, then 1 banana is about a 100 calories. 1 glass of low fat milk is about 60-80 calories. So, a plain banana milkshake would be about 160-180 calories. The total calories from this concoction is lower than a bag of chips (about 600 calories). What the culprit probably is all the additives in a banana milkshake to make it taste better- sugar, ice cream, unhealthy sweet syrup (basically, sugar and water), and all the extra flavouring. These additives are loaded with calories, and that is what could make a banana milkshake unhealthy and fattening.

The other reason why people associate banana & milk with being fattening & unhealthy is that in general people who are overweight are consuming more calories than they’re burning. If they added a banana milkshake to their regular daily diet, did they remove something from their diet to compensate? We all know the basic rule of weight gain: More calories in, less calories out and you gain weight. As you can see, the poor banana and milk are just scapegoats for people not burning the calories that they consume.

If you just have a simple banana milk shake, it is loaded with benefits – healthy carbohydrates, protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and more. All you need to do to make a banana milkshake, is throw one or two bananas, a glass of low fat milk and some ice cubes, in to the mixer.

Simple Banana Milkshake Recipe Tip: Next time you have a banana shake, add a pinch of cinnamon to it, or try some elaichi (green cardamom)- makes it delicious. The spices are loaded with antioxidants and make it even healthier!

— this article is written by a dietitian @ FitHo