How many bananas is a healthy amount to eat a week?

I’m being healthy, eating lots of fruit but I’ve heard some fruits aren’t as good as others, anyone know which ones?

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9 Responses to “How many bananas is a healthy amount to eat a week?”

  1. Mumknowsbest said:

    Bananas are great and a source of potassium, so certainly one a day is going to be fine – are you eating more than that?

  2. Professor Old Skool said:

    I eat one a day as my mid morning snack. Never caused me any problems.

  3. M said:

    The recommended amount of fruits and vegetable intake per day is five portions. Some fruits, like bananas, make up 1 portion with one fruit, whereas others, like berries, need more than one…

    NHS has a good website on the topic: http://www.5aday.nhs.uk/

    Hope it helps 🙂

  4. Eric B said:

    I live by the phrase “A banana a day keeps those awful Charlie horses you get in the middle of the night… you know, where it feels like your muscles are pulling really badly, and you just want to scream, but you can’t wake up everyone in the house, because your mum will be pissed and throw a shoe at you again… away.”

    Maybe not catchy, but still, valid.

    However, the potassium in bananas that helps you ward off those Charlie horses can be bad in extremely large doses. The same thing goes with oranges and vitamin-C.

    In general, any fruit in regular amounts is great for you. Just make sure you’re getting a wide variety.

  5. Columbo said:

    Kiwi’s are a SuperFruit

    as much Pottasium as a banana and 2 x as much Vit C as an Orange,

    Apples also very good.

  6. Mae said:

    Bananas are very alkaline, which is totally what you will need if you are consuiming alot of acidifying fruits. I say a banana every day cant hurt. But, I still believe in the old philosophy of an apple a day- it works wonders! So many nutrients, and fiber in apples, also- did you know that the smell of an apple stimulates your endorfines, much like chocolate? Also, really good for your teeth. As far as bad ones?…prunes 🙂 Not sure.

  7. Pat R said:

    After Reading this, you will NEVER look at a banana in the same way again!

    Bananas Contain three natural sugars – sucrose, fructose and glucose
    combined with fiber, a banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial
    boost of energy. Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough
    energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number
    one fruit with the world’s leading athletes. But energy isn’t the only way a
    banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a
    substantial number of illnesses and conditions, maki ng it a must to add to
    our daily diet.

    Depression:
    According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering
    from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is
    because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts
    into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally
    make you feel better.

    PMS:
    Forget the pills — eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood
    glucose levels, which can affect your mood.

    Anemia:
    High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the
    blood and so helps in cases of anemia.

    Blood Pressure:
    This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt,
    making it the perfect way to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food
    and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make
    official claims for the fruit’s ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure
    and stroke.

    Brain Power:
    200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex England) school were helped through
    their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a
    bid to boost their brain power Research has shown that the potassium-packed
    fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.

    Constipation:
    High in fiber, including banan as in the diet can help restore normal bowel
    action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.

    Hangovers:
    One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake,
    sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the
    honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and
    re-hydrates your system.

    Heartburn:
    Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from
    heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.

    Morning Sickness:
    Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and
    avoid morning sickness

    Mosquito bites:
    B efore reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area
    with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful
    at reducing swelling and irritation.

    Nerves:
    Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.

    Overweight and at work?
    Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work
    leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and chips. Looking at 5,000
    hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be
    in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced
    food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high
    carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.

    Ulcers:
    The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because
    of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be
    eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes
    over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.

    Temperature control:
    Many other cultures see bananas as a “cooling” fruit that can lower both the
    physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand , for
    example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool
    temperature.

    Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD):
    Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood
    enhancer tryptophan.

    Smoking:
    Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6 and B12 they
    contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body
    recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.

    Stress:
    Potassium is a vital mineral which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends
    oxygen to the brain and regulates your body’s water balance. When we are
    stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels.
    These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.

    Strokes:
    According to research in “The New England Journal of Medicine,” eating
    bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death from strokes by
    as much as 40%!

    So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it
    to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrates, three
    times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other
    vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best
    value foods around. So maybe its time to change that well-known phrase so
    that we say, “A banana a day keeps the doctor away!”

    Footnote :

    If your roses are covered with Aphids, drape banana skins over the branches,
    I’ts amazing, but in a day or less, they are GONE! I’ve tried it, and I
    couldn’t believe it, no more aphids, as long as I save my banana skins for
    the rose bushes!

    Impressed? Well then, PASS IT ON TO YOUR FRIENDS!

    Unzip a BANANA today!

  8. xx mwah xx ;0) said:

    babanas are the bestyest fruit but 1 a day is enough my nurse and doctor advised me on that :0) plus grapes are full of sugar to so only eat enough for 1 portion of fruit a day heres some other advice incase you or any1 else needs it and goodluck !

    to be honest the best way is not to go on a diet as ive tried them all and diet pills and they dont work lol but just change your diet and go swimming 4-5 times a week for about an hour each time it tones your tummy and all your body up wonderful too ! i lost 2 stone since may its great and i eat loads too im just eating the right foods but instead of swimming try aqua arobics its great and really fun ! great question star for you and goodluck !

  9. natasha e said:

    hi, from personal experience…banana’s are excellent. I f you are trying to loose weight then i would suggest to limiting yourself to only three a week cause they tend to slow the weight loss right down but if you need some natural slow releasing energy then bananas are excellent




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