How Many Calories in a Banana?


How many calories in a banana  and what is the quality of those calories?  How should the banana be prepared? 
There are about  118 calories in an average size banana.

Ruler showing length of average banana

The quality of the calories in a banana is excellent if the banana is eaten raw. Yes, you should eat the banana raw. Much of the vitamins and pytochemicals will be destroyed if the banana is cooked. For example a banana is a good source of vitamin C in the raw form, but much of this vitamin is lost when the banana is cooked.
Suggestions: Just because a banana is really good for you does not mean that you should eat as many as you want. When it comes to these water soluble phytochemicals and vitamin C, once the body gets enough, it excretes the rest. They cannot be saved in the body forever.  Why eat more than one banana?  If you really love bananas, it is better to eat one in the morning and one in the evening than it is to eat two bananas at once.  I like a banana with peanut butter for breakfast, and a banana with one melted dove chocolate for dessert at super. 
Another factor to think about is will the calories in the banana fill you up? How long will it be before you get hungry? Considering how few calories there are, the food of one banana will last awhile. Both the little bit of fiber and the water will fill you up and stay with you for a little while, but you must be cautious because like most fruits bananas are high in sugar and so they will not fill you up for long. For breakfast when you have time, an egg and a piece of whole wheat bread will last longer.
Do not want a plain banana. Try slicing sprinkling it with a bit of cinnamon. You could even add a half a teaspoon of sugar to make it a desert. Other easy toppings include: caramel, cheese, almond butter, chocolate, and yougurt.

Calories in a Banana Chart

Bannana Raw Whole , medium (7" to 7 7/8" long) Banana raw sliced Banana bread, prepared from
recipe, with margarine
measure 1 banana 1 cup 1 slice
weight (g) 118 150 60
water (g) 74 74 29
calories (kcal) 109 138 196
Protein (g) 1 2 3
Total fat (g) 1 1 6
saturated fat (g) 0.02 0.03 1.3
monounsaturated fat (g) Tr 0.01 2.7
polyunsaturated fat (g) 0.01 0.01 1.9
Cholesterol (mg) 0 0 26
Carbohydrate (g) 28 35 33
Total dietary fiber (g) 2.8 3.6 0.7
Calcium (mg) 7 9 13
Iron (mg) 0.4 0.5 0.8
Potassium (mg) 467 594 80
Sodium (mg) 1 2 181
Vitamin A (IU) 96 122 278
Vitamin A (RE) 9 12 72
Thiamin (mg) 0.05 0.07 0.1
Riboflavin (mg) 0.12 0.15 0.12
Niacin (mg) 0.6 0.8 0.9
Accorbic acid (mg) 11 14 1

Calories in a Banana List with Nutritional facts (pdf)

Healthy Banana Desert Recipe

A healthy low calorie chocolate banana dessert

This is a very simple healthy banana dessert recipe.

Step 1.  Melt the chocolate of one small dove (40 calories)

Step 2.  Squeeze onto banana. Hot pad needed.

No mess (low mess) way to melt a dove chocolate

Do you have a simple recipe you would like to share?

Banana invitation

Here is one of my favorite breakfast meals:

A great way to start your day at only about 250 calories. 
1 banana
2 eggs
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla

It makes one huge pancake and it needs no extra sugar.


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