Eating bananas and blending fruit. Yes or No?

“I was so confused, I’ve just stopped eating bananas”
^^^ One lady told me recently when I was delivering a diabetes education session for an NHS programme I work on
Why the confusion?
Glad you asked 
1) She’d been told she needed to lose weight…but also that bananas were ‘full of sugar’
2) She’d heard ‘sugar makes you fat’

3) But also heard that green bananas help you lose weight
4) However, she does not like green bananas
5) But also heard that bananas (yellow or green) are a “free” food on Slimming World…
6) Unless they are cooked…which makes them a ‘syn’…
^^^ Yep, even I’m confused right now…
So, I’m here to tell you the facts about bananas and WEIGHT LOSS….
1) Both green and yellow bananas contain the SAME number of calories (about 105 for a medium sized banana. I personally say good things come in small packages lol) 
Which means swapping a yellow banana for a green banana will NOT directly help you lose weight.
They’re both also rich in potassium, Vitamin C and a good source of fibre….
2) So, what are the differences between green and yellow bananas? 
Taste: Green bananas are less sweet
Texture: Green bananas are firmer…yellow bananas could be better for weaning (which I’m super excited about 
Type of carb: Green bananas are higher in starches. As bananas ripen and become more yellow, the starches breakdown into sugar
You’re probably thinking that if the starch has turned into sugar in yellow bananas…
That green bananas must be better?
And you COULD be right…
Green bananas are higher in starches that take longer to breakdown.
This COULD keep you more full up and stop you snacking…
But here’s the thing…
do you even like green bananas? 
Could it be that you just eat less because you don’t like green bananas?
The bottom line:
Whether you eat a yellow banana or a green banana…
you CAN lose fat…
^^^ Just as long as you stay within your overall food intake / create a calorie deficit
Which goes for pretty much ANY food (even coconut Lindt chocolate)
If you’d prefer to do this by eating green bananas….GO BANANAS…..

At the conference I was at over the weekend, the research was showing no extra benefit to a low carb diet. So it comes down to preference. 
Just one thing on that though…
If you struggle with bloating and gas (my hands just gone up)
Green bananas MAY be an issue (as they’re harder to breakdown)
WOW….That’s a lot ‘to digest’ this morning…
So I’m off to make some banana pancakes
and I know what you’re thinking…

“What about bananas being a ‘syn’ when you cook it? What about when you blend it?
Well, I like to keep things simple
Because providing your overall diet is dialled in
you can eat whatever you want (yes, even coconut Lindt chocolate….if you haven’t tried it yet…wow!)
Without having to worry about whether  you can eat this or eat that, cook it, blend it or not…

Truth is, it does not matter…

and just confuses us. Making us do nothing….

Which is why I like to keep things simple. 

As if you keep it simple?

You’ll find fewer reasons why you CANNOT do it.

But I guess that’s also where the support and accountability come in.

And speaking of which, this is exactly why I’m opening up our Online Female Fat Loss Coaching Group.

It basically gives you essentially 3 things:

1) The knowledge and guidance to create a nutrition plan that is sustainable, tasty and fit for your lifestyle (including fussy eaters at home), which includes access to our nutrition system containing over 1000 recipes and the ability to generate meals plans and shopping lists with the meals you love in minutes.

2) ​Accountability to make sure you do the things you know you need to do…

3) Quick and simple home workouts you can do with ZERO equipment​​ anywhere, anytime (as I know you’re busy)

If you want to learn more about this, just press reply. Places are limited for this launch and designed for women 35+.

Matt ‘bananas’ Fruci​​​
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