Is it healthy to eat bananas first thing in the morning?


New Delhi: Bananas are among the most popular fruits in the world. They are extremely delicious and high in nutrients, providing major benefits for heart health, blood pressure and weight loss. The tropical yellow fruit is easy to eat and is good for your health. But is it healthy to eat bananas first thing in the morning?

For most of us who are always short of time when getting ready for work, bananas make a great breakfast option. However, having bananas on an empty stomach may not be a good idea. In fact, a celebrity nutritionist claimed that eating the nutrient-packed yellow fruit alone is one of the worst breakfast items you can have.

What happens when you eat bananas on an empty stomach?

According to Dr Daryl Gioffre, eating bananas alone for breakfast isn’t the best option because they’re 25 per cent sugar and moderately acidic, although they seem like the perfect option to grab and go in the morning.

“They’ll give you a quick boost, but you’ll soon be tired and feeling hungry,” said Dr Gioffre, who calls bananas ‘nature’s candy’. He added the fruit can actually cause cravings, resulting in overeating later on.

Bananas are high in potassium, fibre, magnesium and other essential nutrients that promote health in many ways, but having them alone is not enough to sustain you until lunch as they are acidic.

Should you avoid bananas for breakfast?

Well, the celebrity nutritionist does provide some solution. While eating bananas alone is not a wise choice, Dr Gioffre said you can eat the fruit by pairing it up with healthy fat, such as peanut butter, natural yogurt or porridge, some spices or herbs that will neutralise the acids, slow down the metabolisation of sugar and prevent an insulin spike.

“Without balancing this banana breakfast with healthy fat, many of banana’s benefits are lost, while spikes in blood sugar and acid are gained,” said Dr Gioffre, alkaline diet and ketogenic diet expert, and the creator of Alkamind.

So, if you want to eat bananas for breakfast, you would want to pair it up with a healthy fat or something that’ll keep you full until lunchtime. Bananas are versatile, easy to include in your diet and they make a great addition to yogurt, cereal and smoothies. Apart from being a good source of potassium and magnesium, the two nutrients that are essential for heart health, bananas are fairly rich in dietary fibre which may improve digestive health and aid weight loss among many others.

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