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Posted by: Azure Agony, Monday, February 14, 2011, 4:19pm
Hi,

Bananas are a superfood diamond for me on my SWAMI, however I was wondering if others (that can eat them) eat them with foods to balance the blood sugar, since they are at the high end of medium on the G.I. scale. I appreciate that this is already one of the many criteria for testing a food so perhaps I am concerned over nothing but nevertheless, I am curious.

Thanks.  :)
Posted by: C_Sharp, Monday, February 14, 2011, 4:33pm; Reply: 1
I have one O friend that thinks bananas require almond butter to go with them.
Posted by: balletomane, Monday, February 14, 2011, 4:36pm; Reply: 2
I don't think it is required, but I like to have these two together sometimes as a special treat  ;)

Otherwise, I don't have any problem with the blood sugar just eating banana alone. I think it is best to try eating one on an empty stomach and listen to your body. Find out if your heartbeat starts to race shortly afterwards. If not, you're probably alright.
Posted by: Wholefoodie, Monday, February 14, 2011, 4:49pm; Reply: 3
I start nearly every day with a banana, all by itself, on an empty stomach so it can digest quickly and without interference. This works beautifully for me but might be different for you.

I sometimes add nut butters for a treat during the day, but by then, I am on my "second banana."
Posted by: amyflood, Monday, February 14, 2011, 4:52pm; Reply: 4
i haven't had any blood sugar issues with straight up bananas, but i almost always have them with almond butter. it keeps me satisfied longer.
Posted by: Susana, Monday, February 14, 2011, 5:00pm; Reply: 5
Best time for me to eat bananas is 15-20mins before exercise. I tend not to have a problem with them but sometimes, if I have them as a snack and remain seated I tend to be hungry 20 mins after. My bananas are different from yours. Mine are smaller, tastier, and sweeter so I wonder if they have a higher GI.

I also have them 15 mins before breakfast when I do not have pineapple.

:K)

PS. I have just realized you come from the UK. I do not know if you have South American bananas or ours (Canary Islands) .
Posted by: O in Virginia, Monday, February 14, 2011, 8:36pm; Reply: 6
Bananas are diamond on my SWAMI.  I usually eat one a day, in the afternoon as a snack when I get hungry.  I haven't noticed any blood sugar surge & subsequent crash.  I guess I'm ok on them.

I agree that almond butter and banana are good together.  :)
Posted by: Jenny, Monday, February 14, 2011, 9:23pm; Reply: 7
I'm always curious to know what you mean when you say 'having a blood sugar surge' or words to that effect? Symptoms or glucose testing?
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Monday, February 14, 2011, 10:43pm; Reply: 8
I usually have a handful of nuts when I eat a banana (or any other fruit for that matter.)
Posted by: O in Virginia, Monday, February 14, 2011, 11:12pm; Reply: 9
Quoted from Jenny
I'm always curious to know what you mean when you say 'having a blood sugar surge' or words to that effect? Symptoms or glucose testing?


For me, it's a feeling like a surge of energy, almost too much...boing!...and a fidgetiness, later followed by a low, cranky feeling (and hunger).
Posted by: Debra+, Monday, February 14, 2011, 11:48pm; Reply: 10
Quoted from C_Sharp
I have one O friend that thinks bananas require almond butter to go with them.


This is excellent...pumpkin seed butter too...I like to dip the banana in a nut butter and then into some carob nibs.  A nice crunch to it.   WOW...soooo yummilicious.  ;) :D

Debra :)

Posted by: Jesi, Tuesday, February 15, 2011, 3:47am; Reply: 11
Wow, we O's sure like our bananas!! And with almond butter too! lol. I don't have any sugar problems with it either (or with anything). I usually stick a banana in my purse when I know I'm going to get hungry later. It's the perfect food to stick in your purse (or briefcase), lol.

I also used to eat a banana on an empty stomach for a while in the am and had no problem. But I have pretty low blood sugar.

Is your sugar normally high?
Posted by: Goldie, Tuesday, February 15, 2011, 10:18am; Reply: 12
I never thought about my ating bananas unil I read that it ought tobe a once in a while food for certain persons.. I ate one two or more and never thought about it one way or the other, .... now I don't eat them any more, and am fine with that also.

I never felt full when I ate it by it self.., but today I would eat it with nuts..

BUT I HAVE a question.. for diabetes,, WHY eat the sugars or banana in the first place? and adding nuts just adds more foods, it does not REDUCE the sugar, just reduces the uptake,, I ask why eat it in the first place?  It's just something I don't understand.. who can explain?

I ate a delish meal with chicken, sliced banana cooked in banana liquor and honey .. so is that the same idea.. eating the honey/banana and protein will balance itself?

it's a question of guilt for me? or doing serious damage.. ?  
Posted by: jaff77, Tuesday, February 15, 2011, 11:23am; Reply: 13
I liked bananas a lot, but since I'm in BTD I can't eat. This is one of my great sorrows.  :-/
It doesn't matter, I'll give them to my O-son
Posted by: Azure Agony, Tuesday, February 15, 2011, 12:28pm; Reply: 14
Thanks for the replies, very interesting to read. Yeah, I too have always preferred to balance out the sugars with preferably fats, or some protein (though a too high level of sugar would obviously contribute to glycation). I guess I'll just carry on, where possible, eating bananas with (like I did this morning) ground almonds. Best to be safe than sorry.

Oh and another thing, do Hunters share an impressive apetite? Must be partly due to the stomach acid levels, I swear I could eat for England some days.  ;D
Posted by: Wholefoodie, Tuesday, February 15, 2011, 12:39pm; Reply: 15
Yes, Azure, we have discussed the hefty hunter appetite on the boards. I am right there with ya and keep up with the guys when I eat, although not gaining any weight.
Posted by: balletomane, Tuesday, February 15, 2011, 1:14pm; Reply: 16
Me, too, I am a short and tiny Hunter with an enormous appetite! I always eat much more than my Type "A" Viking husband on a typical day ;D, probably 3 times as many calories :o.
Posted by: Patty H, Tuesday, February 15, 2011, 2:16pm; Reply: 17
Quoted from Goldie
I never thought about my ating bananas unil I read that it ought tobe a once in a while food for certain persons.. I ate one two or more and never thought about it one way or the other, .... now I don't eat them any more, and am fine with that also.

I never felt full when I ate it by it self.., but today I would eat it with nuts..

BUT I HAVE a question.. for diabetes,, WHY eat the sugars or banana in the first place? and adding nuts just adds more foods, it does not REDUCE the sugar, just reduces the uptake,, I ask why eat it in the first place?  It's just something I don't understand.. who can explain?

I ate a delish meal with chicken, sliced banana cooked in banana liquor and honey .. so is that the same idea.. eating the honey/banana and protein will balance itself?

it's a question of guilt for me? or doing serious damage.. ?  


Goldie, isn't the banana liquor and honey a no, no for you?  Losts of sugar in both of those.

I can eat banana on its own, but I prefer it for an afternoon snack rather than first thing in the morning.  Banana is, however, the perfect food when you are in a rush.  Grab and go . . .
Posted by: Jane, Tuesday, February 15, 2011, 2:48pm; Reply: 18
Patty,
I sent you a PM.
Jane
Posted by: deblynn3, Tuesday, February 15, 2011, 3:31pm; Reply: 19
They're black dots for gatherers, I like them but don't really miss them and haven't eaten one for some time now.
Posted by: Debra+, Tuesday, February 15, 2011, 6:15pm; Reply: 20
Quoted from deblynn3
They're black dots for gatherers, I like them but don't really miss them and haven't eaten one for some time now.


It could depend on your swami too.  ;)  They are neutral for me.  With nut butter and carob nibs...it makes for a nice superfood snack/meal. :D  I don't get cravings from them.  :D

Debra :)

Posted by: ruthiegirl, Tuesday, February 15, 2011, 6:21pm; Reply: 21
The point of eating bananas or other fruit is that they're  whole foods, full of vitamins and other nutrients.  Bananas in particular seem to be more filling than many other fruits are. However, adding nuts to the meal makes the whole thing digest more slowly, leading to more stable  blood sugar following the snack.
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