Should You Eat a Banana on an Empty Stomach?

As the saying goes, an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Popular as it may be, if you look around, you likely see more people snacking on bananas than their harder, rounder brethren. 

 As scrumptious as bananas are combined with other foods, however, questions have been swirling around how they stand on their own.

The Benefits of Bananas

Bananas are a fantastic food because, as NYC-based dietitian Jennifer Maeng, MS, RD, points out, they’re a nutritious fruit that’s both delicious and affordable. “

Should You Eat a Banana on an Empty Stomach?

As they ripen, the fiber content decreases, making the banana mostly simple sugar which can spike your blood sugar and potentially cause a sugar crash or mild fatigue.”

The Best Way To Consume Bananas

That’s not to say you can never eat bananas though. It’s just best to pair them with other foods and eat them at the right time to avoid an unintended sugar spike-fatigue effect. 

Fiber, protein, and fat can help slow the absorption of sugar in your body, preventing sharp blood sugar spikes and crashes,” Maeng explains. “

Sometimes your body can produce too much insulin following a large simple carbohydrate meal [like those containing bananas], making your blood sugar drop too low.

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