4th Burning Question: Do Bananas contain fat?

Yes, banana does contains fat, but only 0.3 grams of fat for 100 grams which is negligible.

The calorie content of bananas are low to medium. A small sized (peeled) banana contains about 80 calories. A medium sized banana (6 inches long) contains about 100 calories and a large banana( more than 7 inchs) contains about 115 calories.

Fat deposits in your body can increase from excess calories. This fruit can be included in a low calorie diet.

It has developed a bed reputation because of the carbohydrate content ie. 27 grams for 100 grams. Hence if you are on a fruit diet, bananas can provide the needed energy so that your energy levels do not dwindle. A small sized banana and a glass of milk is a snack.

Bananas may be one of the best fruits to eat when attempting to lose weight. They are full of nutrients for increased energy and vitality. Bananas are also low in calories and fat, plus they have a high water content and potassium levels. A diet high in potassium foods and lower in sodium-loaded processed foods can help reduce water weight.

Nutritionally, bananas have a lot to offer. They have a higher carbohydrate content than most other fruits (by weight), making them a good snack choice for endurance athletes.

They also provide a good source of potassium, which is vital for controlling the body’s fluid balance and regulating heartbeat as well as blood pressure.

They generally not included in carbohydrate restricted diets especially in diabetes.

Sanjana Shenoy

About Sanjana Shenoy

A dietitian from Mangalore, India. A post graduate diploma holder in “Dietetics” and a university topper from Welcomgroup School of Hotel Administration from the prestigious Manipal University. At present working as a Dietitian for the Manipal Group of Hospitals namely KMC hospital Mangalore, India. Consultant for corporates like Infosys and others, conducting talks and presentations for various associations and local television shows.

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13 Responses to 4th Burning Question: Do Bananas contain fat?

  1. Govind Gadiyar February 13, 2009 at 7:50 pm #

    Dear All,

    I strongly recommend Bananas to one and all. I eat for last 40 years min 1 and max 6 bananas per day. They are useful while traveling within Mumbai city or out station. They are seal packed by nature and no contamination. However, surprisingly except Sanjana most of the Diet Counselors I have met do not recommend Bananas. They say it will add weight.

    I eat them on empty stomach in morning or sometimes mid night snack if I feel hungry and otherwise throughout the day.

    Bananas. Jai Ho!!!

  2. Sanjana Shenoy
    Sanjana - Dietitian March 9, 2009 at 9:40 am #

    Bananas do have high sugar content compared to other fruits. But if you see the benefits its provides, I say it is quite safe to eat. But if one needs to cut down carbs then it is best to eat it occasionally.

  3. SHANTESH ARORA March 21, 2009 at 12:57 am #

    I WORKOUT REGULARLY IN GYM WITH VERY HEAVY WEIGHTS. I USUALLY WORKOUT AS A POWER LIFTER. I WANT TO KNOW THAT HOW MUCH BANANAS ARE GOOD TO EAT REGULARLY AS I LOVE TO EAT BANANAS. WHEN I GO TO THE MARKET TO BUY THEM,I EAT A DOZEN STANDING THERE , AND GET OTHER DOZEN AT HOME.I COMPLETELY AVOID GHEE AND SUGAR. I USE REFINED OIL IN FOOD. BUT I STILL FEEL THAT I AM FATTY. DO BANANAS ADD IN INCREASING MY BODY FATS???

  4. Sanjana Shenoy
    Sanjana - Dietitian March 21, 2009 at 9:38 am #

    Bananas do not contain fats. That is what I am trying to explain in the above myth. Bananas are high in carbohydrates which is nothing but sugar so yes they do add in gaining weight as you are eating excess of bananas. You have to balance the calorie intake through food and calorie burnout through exercise. If you have a high calorie intake more than the calories burnt during exercise then that can make you gain weight.

    Eat one banana before your work out and one after your work out, this is sufficient.

  5. Vik June 2, 2009 at 9:25 pm #

    Sanjana,

    I eat 4-5 fruits a day. Mostly I eat 1 Banana (first in morning), 1 Apple after Lunch, 1 Mango (4 PM) and 1 Orange/Watermelon/Grapes after dinner. All fruits I eat are seasonal and organic.

    I dont eat sugar at all (in any forms other than fruit).

    Do you think eating these fruits would cause increase in my weight?

    Vikram

  6. Sanjana Shenoy
    Sanjana - Dietitian June 3, 2009 at 10:17 am #

    Hi Vik,
    No fruit can make you gain weight. You are committing a major blunder. You should never eat fruits immediately after meals as it can increase the carbohydrate load of the meal and hence will increase your triglyceride levels.

    It is a myth that fruits contain fat. There are right times to eat fruits. Fruits should be eaten on an empty stomach in the morning and immediately after exercise. You can carry a fruit on a long distance travel or if you are going to go hungry for a long time. Give at the least 2 hours time after food to eat fruits.

    Fruits are basically sugar and hence if you eat them at the wrong time, they will convert into fats known as triglycerides.

  7. Vik June 8, 2009 at 6:23 pm #

    I thought I should give a feedback.

    I implemented this suggestion in my routine last week and I found 2 profound effects.
    1.Just by proper timing of eating fruits (I didnt decrease the amount) my weight has dropped by 2lbs!
    2. My sleep has improved since I stopped eating fruit right after dinner.

    Keep it up Sanjana

  8. Linda Martinez July 24, 2010 at 7:01 am #

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  9. Coup January 6, 2011 at 12:52 am #

    Thanks for clearing up the fat in the banana myth. Also thanks for this info : “You should never eat fruits immediately after meals as it can increase the carbohydrate load of the meal and hence will increase your triglyceride levels.”

  10. T.S.SUNDARAM. January 6, 2011 at 12:52 pm #

    BANANAS
    .
    Bananas are nature’s own convenience food and store solar energy to the maximum in the sun light. Those who know the nutrient value of bananas will top off every single breakfast of theirs with banana, a wonderful fruit encased by nature itself with a thick skin,to enable the edible portion to stay away from polution, infection etc

    Experts agree that banana is a power house of potassium which plays a vital role in controlling blood pressure. This mineral also is beneficial in eliminating poisonous waste from the kidneys. It is rich in magnesium which promotes absorption and metabolism of calcium.

    That is not all. Two bananas provide as much fibre as a slice of whole wheat bread. Unlike bread , bananas contain a significant amount of soluble fibre and as shown in studies conducted at the University of Minnesota, diets which includes fruits, vegetables and legumes help lower blood cholesterol and the soluble fibres in what you eat earns the credit for doing that job.

    Bananas also contain vitamin C and are a good source of vitamin A and B6. With a lovable taste, bananas can be made into a scrumptuous dessert by sauteing sliced ones in orange juice and adding a pinch of nutmeg or cinnamon.

    Last but not the least, a major cause for muscle cramps is potassium deficiency in the body . Eating a banana or two a day will reduce muscle cramps. As said earlier, bananas are rich in potassium.

    Have a bunch of bananas always on your dining table, but beware, a medium size banana has around 120 calories !!!.

  11. rose October 10, 2011 at 1:45 pm #

    sanjana plz guide me soon i eat lots of banana in a time maxmum 5.but dont take any meal after it for 2 hours and also do excersice and lots of phsical work daily is this is good for me for loosing weight ?????????
    i m of 52 kg and 5.4 feet in height?.
    plz replyd me soon

  12. kawalpreet February 8, 2012 at 10:44 am #

    hello thanks for info but plz guide me.I am insomniac so i have to eat one banana with cumin seeds one before going to bed at 10 o clock and i eat my dinner at 9 o clock will eating banana at dat time increase my weight

  13. Health Solutions September 21, 2012 at 4:47 pm #

    Health Benefits of Bananas

    1. One banana has 11% of the RDA of dietary ?ber and only about 108 calories. The ?ber in bananas not only keeps digestion regular, but also helps maintain low blood sugar and curbs overeating.
    2. Bananas (over 13% of the RDA) can lower one’s blood pressure, which in turn lessens the possibility of atherosclerosis, heart attack and stroke.
    3. Bananas also contain high levels of fructooligosaccharide (FOS) that–along with insulin–promotes calcium absorption. FOS further nourishes healthy bacteria in the colon that manufacture vitamins and digestive enzymes that boost the body’s overall ability to absorb nutrients.

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