The calorie content of a banana is quite high and it does not belong to the category of low-calorie fruits like lemon or orange. Therefore, it is not particularly ideal for diets. However, it serves as an excellent source of energy and can even be a substitute for snacking, as its sweet taste can replace sugary snacks. Banana chips are also a great solution for replacing unhealthy snacks.
If we suddenly get hungry, eating a banana is sufficient, whether for breakfast or as a mid-morning snack. This not only satisfies our hunger but also provides a significant amount of important nutrients for our body.
A medium-sized banana contains approximately 105 calories. For comparison, a medium-sized pear has around 100 calories, and a regular-sized apple has only 50 calories.
The calorie content of a medium-sized banana is as follows:
- 105 kcal
- 1,3 g protein
- 0,4 g fat
- 23,8 g carbohydrates (sugar: 14.4 g)
The glycemic index of a banana is 50-52 (but it can range from around 30 to 70 depending on ripeness), which is considered a medium value.
What is the glycemic index?
The glycemic index, which ranges from 1 to 100, determines how much and how quickly a particular food raises blood sugar levels.
Low GI foods cause only a minimal increase in blood sugar levels, while high GI foods lead to a significant rise in glucose levels and trigger an increased insulin response. When looking at the glycemic index of different types of carbohydrates, it can be observed that some complex carbohydrates raise blood sugar levels more than simple carbohydrates. By using the glycemic index, you can proportionally determine how carbohydrates affect your body’s blood sugar levels. It serves as an important tool for selecting foods that help stabilize blood sugar levels in the short and long term and provide your body with necessary energy.
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