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Are Bananas as Bad For You as Cookies?

Are Bananas as Bad For You as Cookies?

Could bananas be just as bad for you as cookies? In terms of satisfying hunger, the surprising answer is yes. They both rank low on the satiety scale, while having a higher glycemic index (meaning hunger and a “sugar crash” are quicker to follow). When foods have a low glycemic index, they generally make you feel satisfied longer and minimize overeating.

Bananas, however, and all whole fruits, generally have more fiber, potassium and other beneficial nutrients than cookies. Because bananas are relatively higher on the glycemic index, they make a great post-workout snack when your body is craving quick energy and is primed to absorb nutrients.

When looking to satisfy hunger and keep a sustained amount of energy, the following infographic may prove helpful. The bottom line, according to the chart: “If you’re hungry, don’t grab a cookie. Or a banana. Try an orange or an apple.”

 

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Megan Zehnder

Megan is an editor and producer for Care2's Healthy Living. Her main priorities are to live simply and build meaningful relationships with the people in her life. She loves to write and talk about environmental issues, healthy living, and women's rights. Beyond that, her interests change daily, but eating and cooking vegetarian food is always a favorite.

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6:49PM PDT on Apr 21, 2013

Thank you :)

10:23AM PDT on Mar 30, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

8:55AM PDT on Mar 27, 2013

Bananas are full of parasites.

12:37AM PDT on Mar 23, 2013

The writer of this blog post should be ashamed of herself. This type of trolling for readers is simply unethical. Grow up.
Education of food and calorie intake should not be reduced to sensational statements that are misleading. Not all calories are equal and the danger is that some readers will read this post and draw immediate conclusions to have fries or a cookie instead of a banana.
Shame on you.

5:19PM PDT on Aug 25, 2012

It is about nutrient content! Stupid.

9:49AM PDT on Aug 24, 2012

I long ago decided to live my live for quality not quantity. I don't want to live to be a 100. I'd rather enjoy my life then live it with the idea I'm going to live till I'm old. Funny how you see more really skinny seniors in nursing homes while those moderately overweight are living out on their own.

9:40AM PDT on Aug 24, 2012

Cookies are not bad. :-P I will always choose a cookie over a banana.

9:33AM PDT on Aug 24, 2012

Thank you for sharing this entertaining article with us.

1:42AM PDT on Aug 24, 2012

interesting.... thanks for sharing... anything in moderation, I think...

11:17AM PDT on Aug 23, 2012

thanks

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