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Can I Eat Bananas In The Morning?

Nina Ghamrawi, MS, RD, CDE
December 3, 2023
December 3, 2023
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There is no scientific evidence to suggest that bananas should not be eaten in the morning or that they are less healthy at a particular time of day. But there's a lot of fake information, and even scare-tactics to get you to eat much fewer or even much more bananas or even other fruits. Have you seen any of these? 

Watch the video to learn the truth about bananas. From real professionals.

Bananas Are Nutritious! Here's Why:

Bananas are a nutritious and convenient fruit that can be included in a healthy diet at any time of day. They are high in potassium, which is an important mineral that helps to regulate heart function and maintain normal blood pressure. Bananas also contain other important nutrients, including fiber, vitamin C, and B vitamins. Bananas just past the green stage are also rich in resistant starch, which is pretty stable for blood sugars and super nutritious for gut health.

Instead, Watch Out For All Fruit

However, what we DO know is that fruits, in general, are FILLED with sugar.

When it comes to eating fruit, focus on portion control rather than the specific fruit you choose. Quantity matters more than the type.

When Should You Eat Fruit:

Pay attention to portion sizes and consider the overall balance of nutrients in the meal or snack. carbohydrates, when eaten without protein or fat, absorb much faster into the bloodstream, and can raise glucose and energy levels like a little bomb. So ideally, you should not eat any fruit, by themselves first thing in the morning. Especially if you’re sensitive to sugar.  Try not to eat your snack too close to the meal, because this can lead to glucose rising too high if too much carbohydrate is onboard. Also try not to eat fruit really late at night- unless you are exercising, your body has no way of using all that sugar you just ate.

How Should You Eat Fruit?

To promote stable blood sugar levels, pair fruits with healthy fats and/or proteins.

Nuts or low fat cheese are great snack pairings to go with fruit. It is also important to pay attention to portion sizes, keeping your fruit portions to around 1/2 cup, and to listen to your body's hunger and fullness cues.

Always Ask Your Dietitian

If you have any specific health concerns or dietary needs, it is always a good idea to speak with a healthcare professional, such as a registered dietitian, for personalized advice. They can provide guidance on the appropriate intake of bananas and other foods for your individual needs and goals.

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