Let me share with you a conversation I heard while I was recently getting a pedicure:
First Woman: I went to my doctor the other day and she told me that I needed to lose weight and balance my blood sugar. If I don’t get it together, she’s going to put me on medication.
Second Woman: Oh! Well whatever you do, don’t eat bananas
First Woman: Bananas? What’s wrong with bananas? I thought they were good for you.
Second Woman: No! Bananas are high in sugar and not good for you at all. Plus they will make you fat.
Unfortunately this isn’t the first time that I’ve heard this attack on bananas. Somehow, bananas have become the root cause for our blood sugar being out of balance (leading to diabetes), our weight, and our lack of energy.
Let’s set the record straight. Bananas are NOT bad for you. I have never met anyone who was diabetic or overweight because they ate too many bananas.
To that point, here’s my countdown of the 3 most significant things you need to know about incorporating bananas in your daily nutrition.
#3 Eat with a Protein of Fat – Bananas, like all fruits, contains sugar. Whenever you have a piece of fruit, it is best to balance that fruit with a protein (such as 1 ounce of cheese) or a fat (a handful of almonds). When you combine these items, it causes your blood sugar to stay more balanced than if you simply ate the fruit by itself. Balanced blood sugar is the key to great health and weight.
#2 Variety is Key – One way to get into trouble with your nutrition is to eat the same things all the time. Variety helps us get excited about our food which results in consumption of a wider array of nutrients. Some other options to bananas, that are lower in sugar, are oranges, peaches, apples, and pears.
#1 Get Real – Don’t blame the poor little banana. Our super busy lives often lead to poor choices and little access to good healthy foods. To balance that, we need people around us who support us, good cookbooks, and healthy take out options. Trust me, the more support we have, the better we’ll feel, and the more confident we become about meeting our wellness strategies and goals.