Remember when butter was bad, eggs were evil, and avocados atrocious? All denounced as little bombs of cholesterol and fat just waiting to pounce on your sad little arteries and clog them. Having been vindicated, these 3 examples are considered, when used in moderation, to be a part of any healthy diet.
But the banana. The poor, poor, deliciously fruity and perfectly portable banana still gets a bad rap from a lot of people I’ve had numerous “banana conversations” where I’ve been told that people have given up bananas, don’t eat bananas, used to eat bananas, all because of the high sugar content or that bananas are fattening.
It’s true. Bananas have sugar. All fruit does, actually. In the form of fructose which is a naturally occurring sugar .(This is NOT to be confused with high fructose corn syrup, an industrial food product and far from “natural” or a naturally occurring substance.) But fruit is not fattening. I don’t think there’s any study (and please correct me if I’m wrong) that shows a direct correllation between eating fruit and weight gain.*
People are not overweight because they ate a banana. Or 3. I think it’s physically impossible to fit more than one banana in your belly at once. It’s like drinking a gallon of milk,
However, I digress.
Some diets actually banish bananas and many other fruits to the “Do Not Eat” list. The low-carb set comes to mind.
But my mission today is to encourage you all to go back to the banana and, in fact, (now call me crazy) but to bring back all fruits into your diet. Fruits are soooo good for you. It’s. Insane.
Here’s just a few reasons you should eat fruit.
- Fruit has been recognized as a good source of vitamins and minerals, and for their role in preventing vitamin C and vitamin A deficiencies.
- People who eat fruit as part of an overall healthy diet generally have a reduced risk of chronic diseases.
- Fruit are important sources of many nutrients, including potassium, fiber, vitamin C and folate (folic acid).
And that’s just 3, there are many more.
So don’t be afraid of fruit. Pick up a banana. Buy it. Eat it. Enjoy it.
AND reap the health benefits.
Now go run!
*eating more calories than your body requires is stored as fat. it doesn’t matter if you overeat fruit or cheetos.