If you've been patting yourself on the back for starting your day off with a seemingly healthy banana, I have some bad news for you. Eating bananas for breakfast isn't as healthy as you may think.
In fact, it turns out that consuming this yellow fruit as an AM snack could actually be sabotaging your entire diet.
Yeah, I know. I felt pretty betrayed by my beloved bananas when I found out about this too.
While bananas may have a pretty good rep, due to their abundance of potassium, magnesium and fiber, nutritionist Dr. Daryl Gioffre recently gave Byrdie the inside scoop on why bananas are such a bad breakfast choice.
He explains that bananas have a super high sugar content and a moderate acidity level, which results in a quick sugar-fueled energy boost, followed by a crash that leaves you tired and hungry.
If that's not bad enough, Gioffre also revealed that bananas aren't the best snack for keeping your digestive system on track, either. Dr. Gioffre told Byrdie,
When sugar is consumed in any form, it undergoes the process of fermentation, like beer and wine, and turns into acid and alcohol in your body. This clogs up your digestive system.
But don't worry, you don't have to banish bananas from your diet altogether.
You just have to eat your favorite yellow fruit with something that will neutralize the acid and slow down digestion, like a healthy fat, for example.
According to Dr. Gioffre,
Without balancing this banana breakfast with a healthy fat, many of banana's benefits are lost, while spikes in blood sugar and acid are gained.
So next time you're craving a banana for breakfast, simply pair that bad boy with some peanut butter, oatmeal or sugar-free yogurt and you'll be good to go.