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Banana Calories – High Calories In Banana?

How many calories in banana? Is banana high in calories? You can also use Fitho’s calorie counter to search for Banana and calculate its calories, see its full nutrition facts.

Because banana tastes sweet, people commonly believe that a banana is high in calories. In fact many people avoid eating bananas like the plague, if they’re trying to lose weight. So does banana really make you gain weight? Is the banana really high in calories? Let’s find out here..

Does eating banana promote weight gain (drgori@flickr)

Let’s first analyze the nutrition in a banana. A medium banana contains about 100 calories. Before you think that’s a lot of calories, know that the average daily calorie intake ranges between 2000-2500. See this to know how many daily calories you need. Moving on from calories, one medium banana contains about 22-25 gm of carbohydrates, almost 0 gms of fat and 2 gm protein and 3 gm of fiber. Besides this, it also delivers 15% of your daily Vitamin C, a dose of Vitamin A, Vitamin B and Potassium, Calcium and Magnesium. Potassium actually promotes muscle growth and thus increases calorie burn. So, not only does a banana provide you with healthy nutrition, it is almost fat free, sodium free and cholesterol free! And you’re not sure if you should eat it!

See your daily requirements of vitamins and minerals.

So, is banana high in calories? No, a banana is not high in calories.

So, what kind of health benefits does a banana have? First, it contains Vitamin C, so it builds immunity. The Vitamin B helps your body metabolize food better and in turn increases your calorie burn. As we mentioned its fat free and cholesterol free. It also contains soluble fiber, that helps to reduce your cholesterol build up and clean out your arteries. Studies have shown that dietary calcium helps to reduce belly fat.

The complex carbohydrates are a great source of energy. Have one before your workout for energy, or start your day with one.

Does banana make you gain weight? No, bananas don’t make you gain weight. If anything, they are good for your health!

— this article is written by a dietitian @ FitHo
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Is there Fat in that Food- 2

Continuing our quest of busting health myths on foods containing fat- Previously, we checked on the fat content of vegetables and fruits. In this section, we’re covered protein sources like chicken and eggs, starchy carbohydrates sources like flour and rice, and simple carbohydrate sources like honey and sugar:

Egg whites: Eggs have the highest quality protein. The egg yolk contains fat and cholesterol, but overall eggs are extremely nutritious and are a great muscle building food. Egg whites unlike the yolk, do not contain any fat. They contain lean protein and zero fat content.

Photo- Eggs Nutrition and Fat Content (clearlynovice@flickr)

Chicken Breast- Chicken is a great source of high quality protein, and chicken breast is the leanest part of chicken. It contains negligible fat. Chicken breast can help burn fat and build muscle. Its also called ‘white meat’- which is the lean part of chicken. Note that cooking chicken breast might add fat. Chicken legs and other portions contain fat and are known as ‘dark meat’.

Flour- Flour is processed wheat. Regardless of whether is refined or not, it does not contain any fat.  Since flour is not consumed directly, what is key to note is that food products using flour as their base ingredient- bread, biscuits, cookies, rotis, etc can contain fat since butter/fat/oil is added as part of the cooking process. Refined wheat flour (maida) is unhealthy since it has a high glycemic index, so it spike up your blood sugar. Refined flour products like white bread promote fat storage in the body

Rice- Rice is another grain that does not contain fat. If it is boiled or steamed, then it contains no fat. But if it is pan fried, then it can contain fat.

Sugar- Sugar only contain simple carbohydrates. By itself it does not contain any fat, but due to its high content of simple carbohydrates and thus a high glycemic index, it promotes fat storage in the body.

Honey- Honey is simply sugar with some mineral and vitamins. It also does not contain any fat, but excessive consumption of honey (like sugar), can promote fat storage in the body.

We have one more article in the series of exploring ‘is there fat in that food’ series! Read here soon.

— this article is written by a dietitian @ FitHo