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What About Bananas?


Are bananas OK to eat if you have diabetes? Get the facts here. 

Serving size: 1 medium banana, 7” to 7 ⅞" long (118 g)

Carbs: 27 g

Calories: 105

Glycemic index: 47, low

Glycemic load: 11, medium

Bananas are a fruit, so they must do a body good, right? Unfortunately, it’s a little more complicated than that. Good and bad, bananas do it big. Although chock-full of fiber, potassium and vitamin C, they’re also relatively high in sugar (one average-sized banana has 14 grams of sugar — that’s nearly three times as much as a cup of raspberries!). The good news: If you’re bananas for bananas, you don’t have to go without. Eat small portions sparingly and as part of a balanced, healthy meal, like sliced on whole-wheat toast with almond butter.

Quick tip: Shop for smaller bananas so you can more easily enjoy them in moderation. And pair them with foods rich in fiber and protein. 

Published on January 16, 2015.


— by Katie Lewin and Katherine Solem

Reviewed by Shira Goldenholz, MD, MPH on December 15, 2014.
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