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Are Bananas as Bad for You as Cookies? [Infographic]

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The short answer is no, and it’s not even close. Bananas are rich in potassium, fiber, vitamins B6 and C, and other nutrients (1) — all of which cookies can’t compete with.

But what if you looked at it purely from a fullness perspective? That’s exactly what Massive Health did when it created the “Satiety Index” — a measure of how full you feel after eating 240 calories of something. The index maps foods across two different axes, the aforementioned Satiety Index, and the Glycemic Index — a measure of how quickly food digests, turns into sugar, and ultimately converts into fat.

The result is a powerful map, which *theoretically* creates a “leanness graph” of sorts — healthier, lean foods fall in the top right, blue area; fatty, unhealthy foods fall in the bottom left, red area.

Bananas sit right next to cookies, popcorn, cereal and french fries. While I wouldn’t put bananas in the same health stratosphere as cookies or french fries, they do have A LOT of sugar which explains their positioning (sugar decreases the fullness effect). Bananas can still be a staple in any healthy diet — they’re one of my favorite foods — but consider the occasional apple, orange, or pear (they’re higher in fiber and lower in sugar).

Regardless, don’t take the graph as science. I’m skeptical about the end result — for instance, white pasta DOES NOT belong in the powder blue circle — but it’s still an interesting perspective to consider

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Works Cited

1. – Banana nutrition facts


Bryan DiSanto

Founder & Editor-in-Chief at Lean It UP
ELLO ELLO I'm Bryan DiSanto. I'm the Founder & Editor-in-Chief of Lean It UP, a CPT/CSN/Fitness Coach, Chef trained at Le Cordon Bleu – Paris, NYU graduate, ex-fat kid, and all-around fitness junkie.

I also contribute to Men's Health Magazine.

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