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3/7/12 10:44 P

So funny you mention this because I've been wondering the same thing. My eyes couldn't believe the carb count for them when I'd track them here. I've been working a banana into my kale and banana shake every day, so, I'd have to agree with everyone here and say that it should be ok if it's moderated and tracked...(at least I hope so for the sake of my daily shakes! LOL).

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3/7/12 10:30 P

If I get a sweet craving grabbing a banana instead of a slice of cake or biscuit works a treat for me :-)

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3/7/12 10:22 P

They're high in potassium which is good. But if you want to lose weight, limit them. And, I'd say, no banana fudge sundaes..... :)

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3/7/12 10:10 P

Agreed - no food is bad, if you control your portion.
A banana about the length of a dollar bill is considered one serving of fruit - and is loaded with micronutrients.

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3/7/12 9:34 P

they are only bad for a diet if you eat too many of them.

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3/7/12 8:12 P

I think it's okay to eat bananas; they're fruit so the sugars and carbs are at least natural. It's a lot better than eating junk food and if you're tracking it, I say go for it! :)

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3/7/12 6:23 P

Thanks everyone for your responses! I LOVE bananas and it's nice to know I can eat them whenever without fear of them sabotaging my weight loss efforts. :)

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3/7/12 6:05 P

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3/7/12 5:56 P

I eat at least one every day. If it fits into your calories and macros then go for it. Bananas have fiber and vitamins and minerals, so there's lots of other things that have carbs without the health benefits. Fruit in general is higher in carbs, but they have more good things in them than other foods that are higher in carbs as well.

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3/7/12 4:15 P

*nothing* should be prohibited on a diet unless you have health issues (me, i get groggy and dizzy if i get into stuff like bread).

bananas are a-okay and very healthy so long as you are working them into your diet and not just plunking them on top.

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3/7/12 4:12 P

I don't eat them either but i am going to start adding 1/2 of a small ( i think that's what the ADA tell Diabetics) maybe every other day. It's just a lot of sugar but if you are watching and tracking you should be fine.

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3/7/12 3:57 P

I eat a banana every day, and it hasn't hurt my weight loss at all. Just remember to track them as accurately as possible, since most bananas will be around 100-130 calories. I try to look for smaller bananas at the store (usually about 90-100g with the peel removed) rather than some of the monsters you can get.

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3/7/12 3:42 P

I have been adding more fruit to my diet lately and have been eating one banana every day.. So far the information I've read about bananas is very conflicting. I have always loved bananas but am constantly hearing negative things about my beloved fruit.

On one side, they are low in fat, high in potassium and a great source of fiber.

On the other side, i've read they are horrible for weight loss as they are high in carbs and sugar and should be avoided while trying to lose weight.

So can someone clear this up for me? Bananas during weight loss - yay or nay?

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