It is important to include fruit and veg into your daily diet. Ensuring you get all the nutrients you need, but also aim for your 5 a day. Another key topic to consider when eating healthy foods – Is when are you eat those foods.
APPLE Vs BANANA?
Two great fruits – No auguring there. But which one is the better fruit of choice when hunger strikes?
A typical apple
Energy: 71 kcal
A typical banana
Energy: 154 kcal
If you are one to count your calories, an apple would seem the better choice with around 70 calories to your average apple. Whereas your average banana is over double that, coming in around 154 calories per average banana.
From looking at the numbers mentioned above you can see that both fruits contain a low fat percentage. So if you’re watching your fat intake, apples and bananas are safe.
Alternatively, if you’re looking to increase your protein intake, then banana are your go to with 1.8g of protein, compared to just 0.5g in an apple.
The differences between the two fruits really start to appear through the amount of carbohydrates in each piece of fruit. All fruit contain complex carbohydrates, which derive mainly from the naturally occurring sugars.
A banana contains 34.8g of carbohydrates, compared to less than half of that amount in an apple (15.7g). This is reflected in both fruits glycemic index scores; apples have a low glycemic score of 39, meaning they have a small impact on blood sugar, whereas bananas have a score of 62, so they make blood sugar rise more quickly.
Apples and bananas both contain a variety of vitamins and minerals. However, an apple has a lot less than a banana. If you’re searching for a boost of potassium then a banana is the go to fruit. They contain 10% of your daily allowance compared to just 3% in an apple.
So Which One’s Better?
If you’re looking for a pre-workout snack, a banana is the champion choice as they can provide quick fuel for the body to use whilst you exercise and the extra potassium you get is great for maintaining muscle function.
If you’re not hitting the gym but are in need of an antioxidant boost instead then grab an apple. Studies have proven that their high antioxidant level has been linked to a decreased risk of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, and asthma.
Here at Comfort Health
Here at Comfort Health our team member Flo Dannah offers nutritional advice. She is exceedingly passionate about food and the significance eating well has on your daily health. So if you have any questions or need advice on your diet, please get in contact with us today.
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