What You Need to Know About Bananas and Diabetes
Although the American Diabetes Association says that people with diabetes can eat just about any kind of fruit, including bananas, you might still have some worries about its effect on your diet.
When you struggle with diabetes, you have to pay close attention to the amount and type of carbohydrates in your diet because diabetics have trouble with insulin and can have unusually high levels of glucose circulating throughout the body.
Nearly all fruits contain high amounts of carbohydrates. Therefore, eating too many fruits can dump more glucose than your diabetic body can handle. However, carbohydrates are an essential part of your diet that you cannot live without. The key to being able to enjoy fruit, and specifically bananas, is to find a balance.
Having a diet plan that keeps track of how much fruit and how many carbs you are allowed to have in one day will help to keep your blood sugar levels on track.
Nutritional Value and Benefits of Bananas
Bananas have a wide range of benefits and are a good source of fiber, vitamin B6, vitamin C, potassium and manganese. A medium size banana contains about 110 calories, four grams of fiber and 400 mg of potassium.
Because of their high potassium content, bananas are beneficial for helping regulate blood pressure and can reduce your risk of stroke as well. Bananas are also considered a "good mood" food because the vitamin B6 that bananas contain is thought to regulate mood.
Bananas also contain tryptophan, an amino acid which converts to the brain chemicals serotonin and norepinephrine. These chemicals are thoug Continue reading