Alas! They meet again. The super sweet banana versus the awesome avocado. We love nicknaming our foods, it adds excitement to the ring! Okay, here’s the skinny on these fruits: if you are like me, and always thought the banana was high in potassium and necessary to eat on a regular basis, or that eating an avocado will bring on the calories and loads of fat, you may be surprised. Once Again.
So I’ll just kill the suspense right now, and tell you what the better pick is. Definitely the AVOCADO. Now here’s why:
Bananas have a glycemic index of about 55. The glycemic index measures how quickly the carbohydrates in the food get digested and turned in to blood sugar. This means that bananas get turned in to sugar pretty fast. Bananas contain three natural sugars: sucrose, fructose and glucose. Which is especially dangerous to a diabetic.
Still not convinced? Don’t take my word for it. Dr. Kota Reddy, Cardiologist and author of best selling book Eat This Lose That! has this to say, “Avocado contains a significant amount of monounsaturated fats (the good fats!). People who eat avocados regularly had an average of 17% drop in their total blood cholesterol. Also their LDL (bad) cholesterol level went down, while their HDL (good) cholesterol level went up. Overall, these effects decease the risk for heart disease. Avocado is the ONLY fruit I recommend. It’s a huge source of fiber, potassium and folate that are beneficial for preventing certain cancers, high blood pressure, and life threatening birth defects of the spine and brain in pregnant women.”
Researchers also found that the more ripe banana, the higher its glycemic index. This is thought to be because the starch makes up about 80 to 90% of its carbohydrates. As the banana gets riper, it changes to free more sugars.
Go bananas over avocados! Not literally. In the figurative sense.
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