Calorie wikiNutrition 101Shop

Diet & fitness
Calorie wiki

By PEERtrainer Founder



Title:   Banana

Nutrition facts

Serving Size
Amount per serving
Calories 200 Calories from Fat 7
Hide Daily Values % Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
  Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 2mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 51g 17%
  Dietary Fiber 6g
  Sugars 28g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A 3%     Vitamin C 33%
Calcium 1%     Iron 3%
Thiamin 5%     Riboflavin 10%
Niacin 7%     Pantothenic Acid 8%
Vitamin B6 41%     Potassium 23%
Phosphorus 5%     Magnesium 15%
Zinc 2%     Copper 9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.


Description:


There are 100 calories in a medium banana, and 125 calories in a large banana.

A one cup serving of banana contains 28 grams of sugar.

Can Bananas Help You Lose Weight?

Bananas can be an excellent "transition food" if you are moving to a healthier diet.

If you are used to eating greasy and sugary food, you'll find that banana, especially mixed with almond butter can really help to satiate the sweet tooth.

That said, a lot of the nutritional benefits of bananas can be found in foods with much lower levels of carbohydrates and sugar.

For example, avocados contain higher amounts of potassium, almost no sugar, and contain less than half the carbohydrates.

There are other foods which also contain higher levels of potassium and other critical nutrients such as Yams, Swiss Chard, Pinto Beans and Spinach.

We mention this because of a growing body of research that points to a set of "adverse effects" from the excess consumption of fructose, which is the type of sugar found in fruit.

According to the study linked to above, "excessive fructose consumption may be responsible in part for the increasing prevalence of obesity, diabetes mellitus, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease."


They go on to say:

"The extent to which a person might be adversely affected by dietary fructose depends both on the amount consumed and on individual tolerance."

It is important to note that these researchers go out of their way to say that they don't mean to discourage the consumption of healthy food.

Because bananas are well known for their potassium content, we at PEERtrainer thought that it is important to show other foods that have the same (or greater) benefits, but without the associated potential risk.

Many people ask us about how individual foods will effect their weight loss efforts. We hope we are clear here: if you are eating very low levels of fruits and vegetables, and lots of processed foods, bananas will be an excellent addition to your diet.

But as you increase your overall vegetable intake, especially greens, you'll be getting plenty of important nutrients. And you may find that it will be easier to lose weight when you favor vegetables over fruits.

That said, as an overall nutritional goal, you want to eat as broad an array of fruits and vegetables as possible. Different fruits and vegetables have different essential nutrients. In fact, new research shows that eating a variety of fruits and vegetables is correlated with lower lung cancer risk.

At PEERtrainer we talk a lot about how certain foods help with weight loss. But there are also very important health benefits, with life-altering implications.

Doesn't Weight Watchers New Points Plus Allow For Unlimited Bananas?

This is an interesting question that we are now getting. Weight Watchers changed their Points System in late 2010, to allow for much higher consumption of fruit. Exactly how much they allow is unclear, but the message that has been sent is clear.

Our concern at PEERtrainer is that for certain people this can be a recipe for disaster. Weight Watchers tends to attract people who are just getting started with the weight loss process. So for those people, the introduction of high levels of fruit is often a new and probably very needed thing.

PEERtrainer tends to attract people who are further along the weight loss process or who are more advanced in their knowledge.

It can be shocking for people to hear that they might want to bring down their fruit consumption. (In the context of much higher green vegetable consumption.) But it works.

Now, if banana is something you love, definitely eat them. Our main point and concern here is simply the overall sugar and fructose intake that people have.

Why You Might Want To Eat A Banana For Lunch, Not Breakfast!

We just recorded a very interesting call with PhD nutritionist JJ Virgin. And we published the transcript on this page.

One of the most interesting points that JJ made is that many people are eating "dessert for breakfast" without knowing it. What happens when you consume a lot of sugar, this "sets the metabolic tone for the day."

When you start to consume less sugar in the morning, you start to burn more fat for your fuel. A little boost of sugar from a banana later on in the may may give you a boost, without having set a "bad metabolic tone."

Bananas And The PEERtrainer Cheat System

For those of you following the PEERtrainer Cheat System, Bananas are not unlimited. If you follow the system to any degree of compliance (and this is EASY) you'll get plenty of the nutrients in bananas.

That said, good after a workout, if you have muscle cramps, and as we said above can be great to help you transition to much healthier things.

A good rule of thumb with bananas and really any food is to see how it make YOU feel. We all have different metabolisms and we function differently. At the end of the day, the only thing that really matters is how you respond to food.

Banana Nutrition Summary

Ok, so we have discussed Bananas so far in the context of weight loss, and by now you hopefully know that sugar is something you have to be super careful with.

But this is also a great opportunity to learn about some of the different nutrients and micronutrients in Bananas.

Bananas are rich in Potassium, which has been proven in clinical studies to help maintain normal blood pressure and encourage proper heart function.

Bananas also are rich in Magnesium, which is a critical mineral that helps with your heart, bones, muscles, blood and even your nerves.

Other foods with higher levels of magnesium include cooked greens, cooked beans, pumpkin and sesame seeds and fish such as salmon and halibut.

Many of these magnesium rich foods are featured in an interesting new book by Dr. Janet Brill that helps to reverse and prevent heart disease. We interviewed Dr. Brill earlier this year.

Interestingly, they rank somewhat low on Dr. Fuhrman's nutrient density index, with about 1/7 the total phytochemicals and micronutrients as strawberries, and 4% of the total nutrient density score as Kale.

This page is written, edited and maintained by PEERtrainer, creator of the new Cheat System for healthy eating and increased energy. To download a free copy of the system, click here.

Related Links

Banana Bread
Banana Fruit Shake






Calories and Nutrition in Apples
Calories and Nutrition in Apricots
Calories and Nutrition in Avocados
Calories and Nutrition in a Banana
Calories and Nutrition in Blackberries
Calories and Nutrition in Blueberries
Calories and Nutrition in Cherries
Calories and Nutrition in Cranberries
Calories and Nutrition in Dates
Calories and Nutrition in Grapes
Calories and Nutrition in Grapefruit
Calories and Nutrition in A Kiwi
Calories and Nutrition in Lemon
Calories and Nutrition in Litchis
Calories and Nutrition in A Mango
Calories and Nutrition in A Honeydew Melon
Calories and Nutrition in Cantaloupe
Calories and Nutrition in Olives
Calories and Nutrition in Papaya
Calories and Nutrition in Peaches
Calories and Nutrition in a Pear
Calories and Nutrition in Pineapple
Calories and Nutrition in a Pluot
Calories and Nutrition in Plums
Calories in Raspberries
Calories in Strawberries
Calories in a Tangerine
Calories in Watermelon





last edit by PEERTRAI, 8/24/2011 5:46:45 PM

Edit Tags Tags:

banana   Fruits and Fruit Juices  

Add Comment Comments:

I wish I enjoyed eating bananas more. The more I look into fruits and vegtables, the more I want to eat them.
slc2006, 9/2/2006 2:13:28 PM

The English way to eat a banana: Chop into large chunks, sprinkle some brown sugar over it (1 or 2 teaspoons) and drizzle with single or double cream. It's rare to find single cream in america, but you could use regular cream or half n half and it'd still taste divine.

Other fave banana ideas:
***No more boring PB+ J's- make it a PBB+J or even better PBBCH (pb, banana, cinnamon, honey)
*** Grilled or fried bananas are sooo good for breakfast or dessert- use a nonstick pan or a tiny bit of olive oil or cooking spray and grill the bananas till they're getting more translucenty yellow, then add a tbsp or 2 of maple syrup and cinnamon. It'll carmelize pretty quickly and get nice n crispy crunchy. Especially delish served with pancakes or french toast!
sluttony, 9/2/2006 2:21:07 PM

Well, I really wouldn't say that's the English way to eat a banana (in a trifle perhaps, but with sugar and cream?)! But if you do want to go down that route, single cream is pretty much equivalent to Half and Half. (It's double cream we can't find in America...heavy cream is not as thick as our double cream).
powerfrau, 9/2/2006 9:04:11 PM

One veeeeeery British way to eat a banana is to eat it after chanting these lines in your best voice-over voice: "This is 29, Acacia Road. And this is Eric, the schoolboy who leads an exciting double life. For when Eric eats a banana, an amazing transformation occurs. Eric is Bananaman. Ever alert for the call to action." Before eating the banana make sure to look puny, and after eating it puff out your chest, raise your left arm, and fly. You will then have "the muscles of 20 men, and the brains of 20 mussels". Very British indeed.
powerfrau, 9/2/2006 9:04:29 PM

oh my god, i'd totally forgotten bananaman! wow, the mind represses so much... thanks for the reminder...
sluttony, 9/2/2006 10:24:36 PM

They are Milwaukee Brewers Snapback one from the most preferred Oakland Raiders Snapback gift items by the way due to Philadelphia Eagles Snapback.
atyu2020, 12/5/2012 7:33:26 PM

Truthfully,unless you Flag Buttons accidentally wedjs988 saved natural Coconut Buttons just the right kind of Shell Buttons shirt button from a really old Wood Buttons garment,you won't find too much crystal Glass Buttons in that jar for a collector to Metal Buttons get overly excited about.Actually Overcoat Buttons taking the time to amass Pearl Buttons a thoughtful collection Plastic buttons of clothing buttons can be clothing buttons a rewarding hobby, but only if you wholesale buttons take it to the next cheap buttons level.
abcd88, 9/26/2013 11:04:15 PM

This is even a more significant drop in the number of foreigners as it accounts for only 17% of the total transactions of houses for sale in singapore in 2011
hillford, 12/4/2013 12:44:09 AM

I want this guy’s job. Or at least, I wouldn’t say no to a newspaper funding my travels, even if frugally… adventurevacationsspot.com
jasse, 1/2/2014 1:27:09 AM

The spending that the federal government does is actually a drag on the economy. The money is sucked out of the private sector which much more effective in creating jobs and actual products or services that people want. Put more back into the private sector bestrecoverysoftwares.com
jasse, 1/2/2014 1:27:53 AM

I love travel. In my holiday I spent my time with my friends and visit own beautiful place in my city or other. I totally agree with your points. I like your post. Actually I really enjoy this type of post. bedbreakfastdenver.com
jasse, 1/2/2014 1:28:06 AM

Perform cardiovascular exercise or other forms of physical activity to burn excess fat and build solid muscle. According to Fitness magazine, running or jogging one mile in 10 minutes can burn approximately 540 calories bodysolidpowerrack.com
jasse, 1/2/2014 1:28:18 AM

Anyone with gigabytes of personal data - may it be business or personal - needs to make regular backups to ensure maximum safety of their data. But, the most obvious question a beginner will ask is "why do I need to backup?" .it's necessary to backup your data - if your system was subject to theft, a virus infection, a natural disaster or a simple human error www.bestbackupsoftwares.com
macall, 3/19/2014 12:43:52 AM

The most popular brands of cell phones are recognizable by themselves in this hugely competitive market. Cell phones continue to be more sophisticated, easier to use and have also come down significantly in price. www.bestmobilephonebrand.com
macall, 3/19/2014 12:44:05 AM

A hosting provider is a company or a person that "hosts" your blog on his or her own server space. When you wish to set up your own blog, choosing the hosting provider is probably one of the most confusing tasks. www.bloghostingproviders.com
macall, 3/19/2014 12:44:17 AM

I agree with you here. But banana is only a transitional food. You cannot consume it on daily basis if you’re looking to cut down your weight. There is also another tricky factor too. There are different types of bananas in the market. Each one has its own merits and demerits.
medical billing srv
helensky, 4/9/2014 5:44:55 AM

good to see that there is put attention to this for your post it has valuable information on this topic. yeast infection treatment how to make your boobs bigger how to grow taller how to get pregnant how to lose weight fast potty training woodworking projects
nokiarie, 4/25/2014 12:22:51 AM

jokowi capres
berita capres 2014
pilpres indonesia 2014
prabowo subianto
jadwal debat capres jokowi prabowo 2014
partai pks
survey pemilu capres 2014
capres cawapres jokowi jk
pemilu indonesia 2014
partai pkb
FreshSusi, 6/23/2014 7:30:07 AM



New: The PEERtrainer Cheat System
The PEERtrainer Cheat System is a new, simple to follow system for eating. The objective is to help guide you towards a way of eating that will make it easier to lose weight, give you more energy and help you feel better.

It is free, easy to follow, and a little unusual and controversial. Most of all it is working. This link will take you to a blog post where you can learn more and download the 26 page PDF that outlines the system.

PEERtrainer Cheat System Sign Up Page

Click Here To Read A Blog Post To 
Learn About The New PEERtrainer Cheat System

Scroll Our Facebook Page Below For New Recipes:







weight loss coaching



New Services and Offerings From PEERtrainer:

1) Tip Of The Day Weight Loss Coaching Program-- This is a daily email program that helps to reinforce fundamentals as well as gives you practical tips each day. We are getting GREAT feedback from subscribers.

2) Weight Loss Bootcamp-- This is a free 4 week program where you are taken through some of the fundamentals of how to make changes. The calls and the Tip Of The Day work together and present and reinforce a common information set.

3) Tip Of The Day Blog-- We update this each day with responses to specific questions from our coaching subscribers and customer.

4) New Diet and Weight Loss Content-- We have launched a new diet section that organizes the growing amount of content on the site. When you click in the most important areas are highlighted.

5) PEERtrainer Coaching/Training Intensive This is a new 12 week program that helps you solve the mental blockages that are prevent many from sustainable weight loss. The most interesting thing about the program is what participants are saying and you can click on the link to read them.







Related Content:

How To Lose Weight- The Basics
Weight Watchers Points System
The Fat Smash Diet
The Eat To Live Diet
The Beck Diet Solution
The NutriSystem Diet

 

How To Be Successful Using PEERtrainer

How To Be Inspired By The Success Of Others
Online Weight Loss Support- How It Works
Tips For Emotional Eating
Tips On Using PEERtrainer
Visit The PEERtrainer Community
Diet and Fitness Resources

Fitness

How To Get The Motivation To Exercise
Learning To Inspire Others: You Already Are
Why Is It So Hard To Lose Weight?
Spending Money On A Personal Trainer?
How I Became A Marathon Runner

 

Preventive Health

How To Prevent Injuries During Your Workout
Flu Season: Should You Take The Flu Shot?
Are You Really Ready To Start PEERtrainer?
Weight Watchers Points Plus Values
Reversing Disease Through Nutrition

New Diet and Fitness Articles:

NutriSystem For Men
How To Adjust Your Body To Exercise
New: Weight Watchers Momentum Program
New: PEERtrainer Blog Archive
Review Of The New Weight Watchers Momentum Program
 

Weight Loss Motivation by Joshua Wayne:

Why Simple Goal Setting Is Not Enough
Weight Watchers New Program
How To Stay Motivated
How To Exercise With A Busy Schedule

Real World Nutrition and Fitness Questions

Can Weight Lifting Help You Lose Weight?
Are Protein Drinks Safe?
How Do You Burn Fat Quicker?
Do Low Carb Diets Really Work?
What Is CoQ10?
 

Everyday Weight Loss Tips

How To Eat Healthy At A Party
How To Eat Out And Still Lose Weight
How To Identify and Destroy The Things That Hold You Back
Tips On How To Stop A Binge






PEERtrainer Is A Free and Powerful Online System For Weight Loss Support

Click Here To Learn More and Join!


Guide To Using PEERtrainer:

Do You Have The Time To Commit To Making Changes?
Why You Want To Lose Weight? What Is The REAL Reason?
Have You Ever Written Down Your Food and Exercise Each Day?
Are The People Around You Supportive Of You?
Do You Tend To Bite Off More Than You Can Chew?
Do You Believe That You Can And Will Lose Exactly 2 Pounds Every Week?
Do You Think You Know Everything There Is To Know About Nutrition?
Do You Know What A Portion Size Really Is?
Weight Loss Recipes
How Much Fruit and Veggies Do I Really Need To Eat?
There Are Diets That Work!
Are You An Emotional Eater?
Do You Enjoy Inspiring Others?
Tips To Help You Feel Less Hungry
Tips On Finding And Creating Active PEERtrainer Groups

Click Here To Browse The Full List


PEERtrainer Articles | Site, Weight Loss and Nutrition Information

How To Lose Weight: The Basics
Online Weight Loss Support
How To Lose The Last Ten
Weight Loss Support Groups
What Is The Fat Smash Diet?
Weight Watchers Points System
The Beck Diet Solution
The Eat To Live Diet
How To Motivate To Lose Weight
How To Get Started on PEERtrainer
Ending The Hunger Cycle
Turning Knowledge Into Action



PEERtrainer Is A Free and Powerful Online System For Weight Loss Support

Click Here To Learn More and Join!