As one of your five a day, however healthy it looks there are still calories in a banana. Are bananas good for you though and why you should include in your balanced diet?
Bananas have a whole range of benefits for you and your diet from helping to reduce depression through to helping protect you from diabetes and even kidney cancer. Did you know they are also the most popular fruit in the world?
Probably best known for their ability to release their energy into your bloodstream slowly, they have a low Glycemic index. This means they can help keep your blood sugars stable especially when added to your porridge at breakfast.
As well as their calories, bananas also provide a good source of fibre, meaning for a medium-sized banana there's around 3.1 grams which could be a good 10 to 15% of your recommended daily fibre intake in one shot.
One medium-sized banana (about 125 grams in weight) is considered one serving.
One serving of banana therefore has 110 calories, with 30 grams of carbohydrate & 1 gram of protein.
Bananas are naturally free of fat, cholesterol and sodium.