May 30, 2010

Daily Food Myth

Myth #11: Bananas are so high in sugar that they cause weight gain.

One medium banana (approximately 7 inches long) provides 0 grams of fat, 3 grams of fiber, 105 calories, and 27 grams of carbs--it's cheaper and more nutritious than most 100-calorie snack packs. Those specs mean that bananas make great snacks, even for people with diabetes who need to follow carbohydrate-controlled diets. Why bananas are being called "fattening" or high in sugar compared with other fruits is a mystery. They do have a few more grams of carbohydrate than apples and oranges, but that does not mean they should be off limits!

Myself: I remember when the Atkins's Diet craze first began and people were freaking out about how much cards that fruit had, and then it became about how many calories they possessed. Just because the fruit have X number of calories does not mean you will gain weight from it. Fruits and Vegetables give you so much, as well as fulfilling. Eat them and love them!

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