Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Bananas for Weight Loss

The Skinny on Bananas
By Tara Fuller

It is such a travesty when people trying to lose weight decide to banish bananas from their diet because they believe bananas are too high in calories, and therefore will interfere with their weight loss goals. Nothing could be further from the truth! In fact, incorporating bananas in your diet may help you shed those unwanted pounds.

Bananas contain a type of dietary fiber known as resistant starch which your body cannot absorb. In fact, those unabsorbed calories aren't just expelled by the body without digestion, but are found by researchers at Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute to increase fat-burning. This means some of the calories from a banana are not only expelled from the body, but for a short while will boost the metabolism post-meal.*

A medium sized banana has about 100 calorie and provides 3 grams of fiber, is chalk-full of potassium, calcium, magnesium phosphorus and iron; are a good source of Vitamins A, C as well as riboflavin, thiamine and niacin.

Fun Facts:
  • Researcher from The Smell Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago found just smelling a banana may reduce appetite. 
  • Store bananas at room temperature for best taste but once ideal ripeness has occurred, store in the refrigerator to slow further ripening (banana skins will get dark or possibly even black but the banana will be the ripeness it was when you popped it in the fridge).
  • To speed the ripening process, place bananas in a paper bag along with an apple
 History Facts:

*Select bananas with green hues because the resistant starch has broken down in yellow ones.