Nutrition Facts for Fruit
Misunderstanding Fruit Nutrition: Fear of the Dreaded Banana
Nutrition experts (like me!) have a full time job dispelling myths about fruit, such as:
Almost every day I work with someone who avoids bananas or other fruits like the plague due to the sugar or carb content, and then "cheats" by eating some sugary, processed junk food.
Why don't we avoid sugary, processed junk food like the plague and "cheat" by eating fruit? What's up with the disconnect?
You can see from the chart above that if you eat an entire banana, it's only ~120 calories.
Chances are you have one banana and you're done. When's the last time you went back for a second or third banana? Can you honestly say it's as easy to stop at one portion of chips or nuts?
Banana calories are perfectly portioned by mother nature...so don't be fooled by all of the myths surrounding them. I'm waiting to meet the person who has a banana-caused weight problem!!
Calories in Fruit and Weight Loss
Fruit Nutrition Facts: The Sugar Content
While it is true that fruit has sugar, it's also true that the sugar is tightly packaged along with the fiber in the fruit.
In order for your body to get to the sugar, it has to "unwind" the fiber.
What that really means is that it takes your body a while to break down the sugar in fruit...it's not like injecting a sugar cube into your veins!
And the little bit of sugar in fruit is the perfect way to satisfy a sweet tooth when you're trying to lose weight. Some of my favorite fruit desserts:
My Professional Advice
Focus on what you should eat rather than what you shouldn't. With fruit...the more, the better. Aim for at least 3-4 portions of fruit/day.
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