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Can I still lose weight if I eat bananas? Or are they EVIL? Hehe I've heard too many conflicting things about them. Someone clear this up!!!!

Tue. Jun 13, 11:33am

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Yes I eat bananas - often on top of a bowl of honey nut cheerios w/skim milk. they really help me stay full. If I only eat the cereal I am starved an hours and a half later, but add a banana and I stay full for a long time. Sometimes I have 1/2 and keep the rest in the fridge. The peel may start to look gross but it stays fine. I like them with yogurt and a few chopped nuts for a creamy treat and they are a fast, filling snack if I need something in a hurry. Yes they do have a lot of carbs and fat for a fruit, but I know the size of the portion I'm eating and I plan for it just like any other food. They are also loaded with potassium which I often fall short on.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006, 11:53 AM

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They are higher in calories than most other fruit but I don't consider them evil. I try to get a mix of all different kinds of fruit and so I too include bananas.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006, 12:00 PM

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As it's been said before, a calorie is a calorie. Be aware of the number of calories in a banana (I think it's about 150), and factor it into what else you eat. Nothing is EVIL in moderation.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006, 12:42 PM

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I don't agree with the last post...a calorie is not a calorie. It's a nice theory but it just doesn't work that way.

FYI-A typical banana (medium) is 110 calories.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006, 1:36 PM

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A nirtuttionist told me that bananas can bring on anxiety. They don't serve them in psyche wards.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006, 2:40 PM

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interesting... i actually heard that bananas make you happy...

how strange!

Tuesday, June 13, 2006, 2:46 PM

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I heard that bananas make you flabby because they are so starchy...maybe that was about their high calorie count.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006, 2:52 PM

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OP here-- so I guess the mystery will never be solved... I'm thinking about going with the theory that there are no "evil" or "off limits" foods, because I absolutely love bananas and to give them up would just... stink, and I'd eventually go crazy if I didn't allow myself to have bananas.

Wow, this post is totally serious (I really do love bananas), but I sound like a monkey. that's amusing :)

PS- thanks for all the input!!!

Tuesday, June 13, 2006, 2:55 PM

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A calorie is, in fact, a calorie. If you consume more than you burn, you gain. If you consume less than you burn, you lose. Some are more filling than others, though, so yes, some make it easier to get by on less calories, and therefore, lose. Those are generally fats, proteins, and fibers. Some are less filling, such as carbs, and they make it less likely that you'll reduce your calorie intake. Some have nutrients and some do not. If you make sure to get in all of the nutrients that your body needs, odds are, you'll have little room left over in your caloric allowance for much else if you want to be losing weight. But, few of us actually get in the nutrients that we really need, and many still lose weight and are healthy. In the end, it's all about calories in and calories out, when referring to weight gain/loss.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006, 2:55 PM

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true- but we are talking about bananas here... If she loves bananas, she should eat them...
Her body is probably telling her she needs something that is in them, in the cravings she says she has... so if she lets herself have what she wants for bananas every day- it will actually help her more than trying to give them up and seeing them as "forbidden..." She should trust her body and start to trust her body's signal of fullness.- staying in the neither hungry nor full feeling... neutral.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006, 4:04 PM

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