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Wandering Thoughts: How do you measure a banana?

Sunday, October 07, 2012

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Just curious about something...we went grocery shopping yesterday, which happens about once a week at this house. I always tell Richard to get the smallest bananas he can find (not those itty bitty 2-3 inch kind, but small). Then I got to thinking about measuring bananas and I wonder how you all measure them? I usually "eyeball" them and decide if it looks like a small vs. a medium vs. a large, but when bananas are tracked, it is according to inches. So, for example, an extra small banana is less than 6 inches.

But, where do you measure them and how? With a flexible tape measure along the outside bigger curve? Along the inside smaller curve? From the top to the bottom in a straight line? And, does anyone care? Maybe I'm the only one who eats them! LOL!!

Just curious about how you do it! I never noticed until today that there is an entry on the tracker for grams of banana. Maybe I'll weigh one and see how much it weighs just for kicks!

Have a great week, SparkFriends, with or without bananas! emoticon
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  • CHERIRIDDELL
    I only use them in things so half a cup of smashed banana is half a cup LOL!
    1410 days ago
  • BIGSKYCHERIE
    We never get the small ones, and I just eyeball whether it's large or medium. Usually they only carry large ones in the store where we shop. I don't get them often and only buy 3 or 4 at a time, as my DH doesn't eat them and they do go soft so quickly. But I enjoy bananas and like to get them every couple of weeks. But even a large banana is a lot better than a Snickers, which used to be my favorite snack, so I don't obsess over it.
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    1420 days ago
  • QUIETUDEAGAIN1
    Now why on earth would you measure a banana when you know you're just going to use it as a dipper for the hot chocolate!
    1441 days ago
  • GOODGETNBETR
    I've been weighing foods like bananas long enough that I'm a pretty good guesser.
    1452 days ago
  • EATVEGAN
    I eat them every day in my smoothie. I eyeball them and try to buy medium ones, when possible. But then on my plan, I don't count calories. I do use the tracker, but just use the calories to give me an idea of where I am. emoticon
    1452 days ago
  • JUDYAASH
    Does it really matter? I'm with you, I just eyeball them. At least when you eat a banana you are not eating all those really fattening foods out there. Enjoy! emoticon
    1452 days ago
  • BELDONDOG1
    Okay Jeannie, now you have me worried!
    1453 days ago
  • MENNOLY
    I used my nutrition scale and coded in a banana. If you use a ruler from end to end it comes pretty close to what the nutrition scale reads, so just measure with a straight ruler or use your gram measure on a peeled banana
    1453 days ago
  • SANDYW1945
    OK, Jeannie... emoticon .. emoticon ah, seriously? Or not?

    But when you think about it, how do you measure....and here's a thought. Say you use the grams...

    With or without peel? Ha!

    No one eats the peel but how are they measuring? You never know. I'm told that one medium banana weighs 126 grams on the Chiquita website. I'm guessing it's without the peel but.... emoticon

    Glad I don't eat bananas...too much to think about. emoticon
    1453 days ago
  • MASTERPIECE8
    I am definitely an eye baller. Lov this blog!! emoticon emoticon I also love bananas.

    Barb
    1453 days ago
  • DIANEDOESSMILES
    LOL Jeannie,,,,,I did what ANYONE in this TIME WOULD DO !! HAHAHAHA I went to YOUTUBE !!! Here's the ANSWER !! WOOOHOOO

    http://www.youtube.
    com/watch?v=7s60GdadhHU

    You lay it as FLAT as you can,,,,and mesure it !! Or Imagine it CUT IN HALF ! DUH !!! Why didn't "*I*" THINK OF THAT???? SIMPLE !!! MAN OH MAN !!!!

    OH DEARAH !! OH ME !! OH MY !!!!!

    Welll I DO NOT EAT THEM !! They are a FREGGIE !! HAHAHAHAHA
    1453 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/8/2012 10:25:02 AM
  • TXGRANDMA
    Be sure to weigh it without the peel! No, seriously, I just estimate the length of the banana. I don't buy them regularly because DH doesn't like them if they start to get the least bit soft, and I am stuck with the remainder of them!

    (I make banana bread out of them, after a while, really good!) emoticon
    1453 days ago
  • OKBACK2ME
    I spread my hand and use the space from the tip of my thumb to the tip of my baby finger to decide! Silly huh.
    1454 days ago
  • JAMER123
    LOL!! Are you the only one? NO!! Let's see if I can come up with a way.........uum, how about pealing and then laying the fruit on the counter or a plate if you wish and straightening it. Now you can measure it with a ruler :)D :)D.
    I don't know. Guess I am one that guesses or eyeballs the length. I eat one or two a day as I love them. I think by the end of the week, I should have the correct amount eaten!! Thanks for the fun!!
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    1454 days ago
  • JILL313
    OMG Jeannie are you really serious or just "pulling our leg" on this $64,000 question?? I go by the inches personally but just by eyeballing them and like Lise if it's small I use the medium one to track as I'd rather not underestimate which I tend to do on some other fruit. I love bananas and I think they've gotten a bum rap. . .Being diabetic I'm almost afraid to eat them and have cut down and don't have them nearly as often but love them and they are full of potassium which we all need. I can hardly believe it but I have friends and family that don't even like them--imagine that--LOL!

    Love You,

    Jill
    1454 days ago
  • SPEEDY143
    I've always been told a "good sized" (now that's a very personal observation) banana counts as 2 fruits. So if I eat a large one, straight up, from the peal, I enter it as 2 fruits on my tracker. If I share one, in a fruit salad, with the hubby, that's one fruit. But I think weighing it and checking the grams is a very good idea and I too, would love to know your results emoticon emoticon I love my food scale emoticon
    1454 days ago
  • SHERRYGAYL
    Ha! Good question!
    1454 days ago
  • ESILBO
    LOL, LET ME KNOW BECAUSE I EAT THEM EVERYDAY AND I USE THE TRACKER. I USE THE TRACKER AND MOST OF THE TIMES, I WOULD REGISTER MEDIUM EVEN IF I BUY THE SMALLER ONES UP THERE. I DO THE SAME WITH APPLES.

    YOU HAVE AN INTERESTING POINT THERE SHERLOCK, I CANT WAIT TO SEE YOUR RESULTS.
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    1454 days ago
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