Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Calories in a banana.

The calories in a raw banana according to the banana’s size are roughly as follows:

Banana SizeCaloriesFat Carbohydrate Protein
Extra Small (less than 6“ long) 81g 72 0.27g 18.5g 0.88g
Small (6” to 6-7/8” long) 101g 90 0.33g 23.1g 1.1g
Medium (7” to 7-7/8” long) 118g 105 0.39g 27g 1.29g
Large (8” to 8-7/8” long) 136g 121 0.45g 31.1g 1.48g
Extra Large (9” or longer) 152g 135 0.5g 34.7g 1.66g

Dieting Points About Bananas
The calories in a banana are not excessive given typical daily calorie requirements and the satisfying nature of the fruit. As can be seen in the above chart however, bananas are high in carbohydrates which may lead some people on low-carb diets to avoid the fruit.

Nutritional Benefits of Bananas
Bananas are often considered to be good sources of potassium, manganese, vitamin C and vitamin B6 and are high in dietary fibre.

A Few Notes About Calorie Counting
The heart of calorie counting comes down to understanding how many calories you consume and how many calories you burn. If you consume 3500 calories less than you burn, this should result in approximately 1lb of weight loss. In order to lose weight, you should aim for a basic calorie deficit so as to achieve 1 to 2 lbs of weight loss a week, rather than introducing too severe a calorie deficit. A severe calorie deficit may result in the loss of lean body mass, causing your system to lower the number of calories it burns to maintain itself.
Understanding and monitoring the calories you are consuming and burning is essential for a calorie counting process.


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