is a banana simple or complex carb? can't seem to find thisn info so i'll rep someone if they tell me
Thread: banana, simple or complex carb?
12-04-2006, 01:44 PM #1
12-04-2006, 01:46 PM #2
the carbohydrates in a banana are fructose and fiber. Fructose is one of the best carbohydrates you can eat. It does not spike your insulin ( very much). The banana will be digested rather slowly, as it is. It probably does not contain very much fructose, either....maybe 8 grams at the most.
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12-04-2006, 01:58 PM #3
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listen...it's more complicated than that. fructose is a "simple" sugar. however, the fructose contained in a banana, when eaten as a banana, will not spike your insulin levels...it won't cause you to gain fat. It's perfect to eat first thing in the morning, before a workout, after a workout, for lunch, etc. As long as the banana fits in with the rest of your calories. Fruits are so good for you. I wish I could eat more...but I rarely have access to fresh fruit.
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It depends on how ripe or under-ripe it is. Very under-ripe bananas have a lot of starch in them and may be considered to be a complex carb. As the banana ripens, much of that starch converts to fructose and therefore, a very ripe banana would be considered to be a simple carb. But like the other poster said, fructose doesn't spike your insulin levels.***Irish Misc Crew***
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Check out: http://www.weightrainer.net/nutrition/carbs.html
It has an extensive list of how complex or simple e.g. good or bad carbs in various products are.
Banana rates 55 compared to glucose which gives a standardized insulin peak of 100. Lower than 60 and preferably 55 or lower is considered a good carb and won't hurt your physique/fat. There are scales which report 59-60 for bananas so if in doubt avoid them. If they are unripe you can eat them if you can get yourself to swallow them, GI is then 30 which is really low.
The only reason why you would want to stay away from bananas in a cut is because they give around 80 kcal each. Approximately 18.2g out of a total 18.8g carbs are from sugar. But that's not really that bad.
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08-01-2008, 05:29 PM #19
I would have thought they were simple carbs like most fruits, but throw in the high fibre content as well as all the other good stuff and there is no reason to avoid fruit.Donkeyno9: Don't think you're the only one here who suffers from addiction, depression and failure. Winner is an attitude not a body type. Use your inner demons to gain an iron fist on the forces in life that hold you down. Step into the furnace of reality and walk out a hard ass mother fu....