10 Proven Health Benefits of Bananas

1 – Are bananas fattening?

Benefits of bananas for weight loss

Bananas are relatively low in calories and high in dietary fiber, with an average banana containing about 100 calories. Bananas contain pectin, a soluble fiber which helps to control blood sugar levels and reduce appetite after eating.[1][2] Pectin also promotes satiety (the feeling of fullness), and helps to slow down digestion. Fiber rich vegetable and fruit consumption has been associated with people having a lower body weight.[3][4]

Green banana resistant starch

The riper and more yellow a banana is, the higher it is in sugars. The greener a banana is, the higher it is in resistant starch, an indigestible starch with fiber-like properties. The resistant starch in green bananas can curb cravings between meals by helping to control blood sugar levels. Resistant starch can help in increasing the thermic effect of food, which in turn increases energy expenditure (calorie burning).[5] Animal studies have shown an association between consumption of resistant starch and a reduction in abdominal fat.[6]

Nutritional values of bananas per 100g (1 medium banana = approximately 118g):

  •     How many calories in a banana – 89
  •     How much protein in a banana – 1.1g
  •     How many carbs in a banana – 23g
  •     What is the fat content of a banana– 0.3g


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