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Can banana be used for weight loss?

India TV Lifestyle Desk New Delhi 04 Jun 2017, 16:37:39 IST
India TV Lifestyle Desk

Are you on a diet and you’re missing out on your favourite fruit banana? Then you absolutely need not worry as banana is healthy, nutritious and is high in fibre, but has low calorie. It is low in both fat and protein. There is a very common myth that eating bananas make you gain weight. But trust us, that’s not true! Banana contains pectin which makes you feel full for a longer time. Banana has 105 calories, 27 grams of carbs, 3 grams of satiating fibre and 14 grams of naturally occurring sugar- these are the perfect host for a flat belly. Here we bring to you the reasons why banana should be used as a part of the weight loss programme.

Bananas are the perfect fitness fuel

Most of the fitness experts agree that bananas are an ideal source of pre-and post-workout fuel. The reason being bananas are rich in glucose. The easily digestible sugar not only provides optimal energy but also quickly replenishes energy stores that are depleted during a tough sweat session. They’re rich in potassium, an electrolyte that wards off post-pump muscle cramps and dizziness, that’s often lost through sweat.

Bananas boost metabolism

Bananas are good sources of chromium. When you get enough chromium in your diet, it helps your body to burn more calories.  It is loaded with Resistant Starch (RS), a healthy carb that fills you up and helps to boost your metabolism. 

Bananas help in controlling your appetite

A study at the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation found that overweight people who smelled bananas when hungry lost more weight than those who didn't. It is believed that smelling neutral sweet smells can curb appetite, so if you are hungry and worried about getting fat, then go sniff a banana. 

Bananas are low in Pesticides

Due to their thick peel, bananas have very few pesticide residues compared to other fruits and vegetables. According to a USDA study, it is good for your health and your waistline. Researchers say that consuming pesticides can cause weight gain, likely because the toxins—which are stored in fat cells after consumption.

Besides, bananas have low glycaemic index and are rich in manganese which helps in weight loss; digestion and prevents bone disease respectively.