So Apparently Bananas Are as Bad for You as Cookies and French Fries? [INFOGRAPHIC]


I give up. Eating healthy is hard enough, but now you’re telling me the few healthy things I do like aren’t that good for me anyway?

An infographic put out by San Francisco-based health company Massive Health purports that, based on the level of satiety (or fullness after eating), bananas are only as good a choice as cookies and french fries. In other words, if you’re trying to lose weight by eating less, you might as well pull up to a McDonald’s and order yourself a batch of the gold and crispies since that anemic crescent thing just ain’t gonna cut it.

The science, conducted by researchers at the University of Sydney, has got to do with the banana’s satiety and glycemic indexes. Basically eating a banana won’t keep you full very long and will probably cause your body to want to eat more later. It’s also sure to give you a sugar crash once you’re done digesting, especially if eaten on its own, instead of as part of a larger meal or snack.

The chart suggests switching out bananas with foods higher up on the satiety scale, like grapes or apples or oranges, in order to cut down on hunger and the potential for binge eating – though it doesn’t go into too much detail on all the reasons bananas are still better for you than cookies, except to say they’re more nutritious. (Thanks science, I was confused for a second there.)

Still, it’s probably best you not trade out your post-workout ‘nanner for a good old chocolate chip, but at least you can pretend bananas are junk food now. That’s always fun.

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H/T + PicThx Daily Health

By Dominique Zamora

Dominique would be a foodie if she had money to pay for food. For now, she gets by just looking at food photography, which results in at least one more starving journalism student every time Instagram breaks down.

10 replies on “So Apparently Bananas Are as Bad for You as Cookies and French Fries? [INFOGRAPHIC]”

I honestly can’t argue with the fact that once you eat a banana, you’ll feel like a starved animal by (or before) lunchtime. I can’t eat JUST a banana in the morning because an hour later I’m hungry enough to eat anything that isn’t nailed down. However, if they’re suggesting that bananas are junk food, they can suck my nose.

Apples satiating? No. I don’t know what backwater crab apples these folks are eating but I can’t get anything at that hasn’t been bred to be 70% sugar. I’ll stick to my gargantuan spinach salads.

Looks like eggs, meat and fish are the best choices for satiety. I don’t eat much of anything else on that graph. Where are the other staples of my diet, cheese, butter, coconut oil, cream and non-starchy veggies? Best thing to eat post-workout for me is some egg yolks and maybe a piece of bacon.

This is a load of ridiculous bunk. So eating a banana may leave you hungry later? Oh no! Better to eat french fries then. Insane. Check out the site if you want some truth. I have eaten 8 bananas (in a fruit smoothie) for breakfast every day for the past several years and I am a national class athlete at 53 years of age with 6% body fat and no “sugar crashing” or whatever. Please people, stop reading pseudo science for health info.

I use bananas post workout because the body is most strained for fuel just after workouts and I have been exercising twice daily and the blast of glucose refuels muscles as well as the brain. We need to fuel the brain because the pituitary gland produces HGH, human growth hormone, the stuff body builders use to get huge … instead of steroids. Of course we all know that more muscle means more latent fat burning potential. Most of us would find it valuable for its connection to increased recovery time or some of it’s other various functions. I am newly 215lb and 6’5″ so my nutrition works on a different scale but I’ve gotta say… no nanners is bananas, unless the texture makes you ill of course.

All of this to say… find some fruit to eat after you exercise and you won’t regret it. For me, the lack of fiber is a benefit since it refuels more quickly. But throughout the day stick to apples or other crunchy fruits and veggies.

Oh, also, I love your graphic is nicely finished.

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