• Prasu Maru

How Many Calories In A Banana?

Updated: Oct 22, 2019

“Keep calm and eat a Banana”

Yes, sounds funny but a Banana is one of the healthiest fruit-diets of this planet. We should include it in our meal plan. Do you know? How many calories in a banana? An exact answer is tricky, though, in a simple way, we can say that it’s around 100 to 110 calories in one average-sized banana (around 110 to 120 gm).

One medium Banana (approx 120 gm) = 105 calories

Calorie Banana

The calorie content of a banana is 95 kcal/100 grams of the product.

Banana is one of the most favorite fruits of many people. However, a person who is on strict-diet to reduce the body-weight, often wonders if banana can be included in the diet or not. The calories of a banana depending on the size, growth, and the variety of the banana fruit.

Different Sizes and calories of a Banana

  • Small size, called 'baby-banana' about 100 gm - about 90 calories.

  • Medium size, about 120 gm - about 105 calories.

  • Large size, about 135 gm to 140 gm - about 120 calories.

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Banana nutrition

In 1 piece without a peel contains the following amount of nutrients:

  • Proteins - 1.1-1.5 grams

  • fats - 0.3-0.5 grams

  • carbohydrates - 21-23 grams

Nutritional value, composition and other beneficial properties of banana

The banana pulp contains multiple essential substances: beta-carotene, pectin, vitamins B1, B2, B6, C, PP, as well as potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, iron, fluorine, and sodium, fructose and fiber. The effectiveness of bananas has a helpful effect on the performance of the heart muscle, it reduces the level of "bad" cholesterol, increases the gastrointestinal tract. Bananas cheer you up and help prevent stress.

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Banana Health risks

One must remember that banana is a high-calorie food, so having a bunch of bananas in one sitting will be unwise. Moreover, a banana can cause allergic reactions, although such cases are quite rare. Diabetics should remember that ripe bananas increase blood glucose, unlike immature ones.

Banana Diet

It is difficult to unequivocally estimate accurate the calorie content of a banana because several types have different tastes and nutritional characteristics. For example, banana chips will have a higher energy value than the natural banana juice. Suppose some types of bananas and products from them, found on different store-counters.

Calories in bananas with different maturities

Normal Banana without peel

Bananas are recommended to have after exercising in the gym, as they are a great source of energy and instantly restore vitality. Hence, during a carbohydrate window, you can seductively eat white fleshy flesh. Just remember that the calorie content of unripe banana is approximately 115 kcal/145 gm of net weight without a peel. The blackened or overripe banana will already have about 170 kcal.

Unripe Banana

The raw fruit is counted as one of the lowest-calorie (A 100 gm banana has about 70 kcal). Such bananas have a green-yellow color and have a pleasant aroma. Most often they are used in cooking for preparing exotic dishes. (Also read, How many calories in an orange?)

Overripe Banana

It is tough to maintain the freshness of already ripped fruit at home. Even at the excellent temperature, black spots will soon appear on the peel, intimating that the fetus is over-mature. There are pluses in this - the flesh becomes more tender and sweet, as well as minuses - the calorie content reaches 125 kcal per 100 gm.

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Dried Banana

The dried banana is five times higher in calories than raw! It is proper for a swift bite and prompt satiety. However, if you want to drop weight, you should ignore dried bananas.

(Also read, How many calories in an Egg?)

Banana Calories Measures

  • 100 gm normal Banana = around 105 kcal.

  • 1 NLEA Banana serving = around 110 kcal.

  • 1 large-cup sliced 150 gm = around 130 kcal.

  • 1 cup mashed 225 gm = around 200 kcal.

What benefits does a Banana to our health?

High potassium content has a beneficial effect on brain activity and cardiac muscle function.

Potassium salts help to remove fluid from tissues, which reduces inflammation. Banana is a vast source of energy. It is recommended for sportsmen, athletes, and people engaged in intellectual work. It lowers cholesterol also effective for atherosclerosis, hypertension, liver and kidney diseases. Pectin and fiber improve digestion. Eating green bananas decreases the risk of bowel cancer. The banana pulp benefits to restore the cells of the gastric mucosa and reduces pain in ulcers. The banana carries tryptophan protein, which is transformed into serotonin - the hormone of joy or happiness. It develops the emotional background, helps to prevent anxiety and enhances mood. Bananas strengthen the immune system, and the aging process, it stimulates wound recovery and improves metabolism.

A Banana wants you to be happy and healthy, look, it's even smiling at you 😋

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