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Calories in a banana

DanK1988DanK1988 Member Posts: 13 Member Member Posts: 13 Member
I see calories in many places for bananas, but I want to know if that's for weight with the peel on. Basically I need some advice on how many calories are in a banana and how you weigh them. Thanks!
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  • Nikion901Nikion901 Member Posts: 3,058 Member Member Posts: 3,058 Member
    Oh this is a good question! I generally find the banana's in the database that go by measurement ... like small 6-6.75 inches for eating the fresh fruit.

    I do keep peeled bananas in the freezer and when I eat one of those I weigh the peeled banana.
  • jemhhjemhh Member Posts: 14,291 Member Member Posts: 14,291 Member
    Use the entry matching this.

    https://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/foods/show/2159?manu=&fgcd=

    Weigh what you eat.
    edited September 2016
  • Alatariel75Alatariel75 Member Posts: 17,639 Member Member Posts: 17,639 Member
    Calorie counts are for the bits you eat. Weigh the banana, eat it, weigh the skin. Log the difference.
  • DanK1988DanK1988 Member Posts: 13 Member Member Posts: 13 Member
    Thanks Everyone. Pretty sure I got it now.
  • nowine4menowine4me Member, Premium Posts: 3,985 Member Member, Premium Posts: 3,985 Member
    I don't weigh/log bananas anymore because I don't want a bunch of random entries in my diary for the same thing. But I do try to buy generally the same size from week-to-week and log them at 100 calories.
  • GadgetcinGadgetcin Member Posts: 1 Member Member Posts: 1 Member
    I have a question not about the size of a banana but why does it not show any potassium intake?
  • jemhhjemhh Member Posts: 14,291 Member Member Posts: 14,291 Member
    nowine4me wrote: »
    I don't weigh/log bananas anymore because I don't want a bunch of random entries in my diary for the same thing.

    I don't understand what you mean by this.

    @Gadgetcin , potassium is listed under Minerals at the link above.
  • lpaigewilsonmfplpaigewilsonmfp Member Posts: 7 Member Member Posts: 7 Member
    i usually just weigh out 100 g to keep it simple and throw out or save/freeze rest ( I buy small bananas though)
  • mlee981mlee981 Member Posts: 18 Member Member Posts: 18 Member
    You weight em without the peel on a scale ...

    But honestly ... It's not the bananas you need to worry about .

    It's hbe processed food , the meat, the dairy , the JUNK.
  • mlee981mlee981 Member Posts: 18 Member Member Posts: 18 Member
    AnvilHead wrote: »
    mlee981 wrote: »
    You weight em without the peel on a scale ...

    But honestly ... It's not the bananas you need to worry about .

    It's hbe processed food , the meat, the dairy , the JUNK.

    No. What you need to worry about is the calories. Calories in < Calories out. It's that simple. The rest of the diet is all about context and dosage, there's no need to demonize any particular food or food group.


    Yeah okay man. Do you really think the body utilises the calories in a banana the same way as a donut ?
  • fr33sia12fr33sia12 Member Posts: 1,258 Member Member Posts: 1,258 Member
    Gadgetcin wrote: »
    I have a question not about the size of a banana but why does it not show any potassium intake?

    Most people don't enter the potassium amount into the database as they don't track it. You're better off entering it yourself and then you can enter all the info.
  • QueenmunchyQueenmunchy Member Posts: 3,380 Member Member Posts: 3,380 Member
    nowine4me wrote: »
    I don't weigh/log bananas anymore because I don't want a bunch of random entries in my diary for the same thing. But I do try to buy generally the same size from week-to-week and log them at 100 calories.

    If you look up "USDA banana" and log the grams one day, the next time you weigh your banana, you can change the gram size on that day using the same entry. It shouldn't give you a separate entry.
  • Kelbelb75Kelbelb75 Member Posts: 90 Member Member Posts: 90 Member
    I weigh without the skin now. When I first started tracking, I weighed skin and all!
  • Alyssa_Is_LosingItAlyssa_Is_LosingIt Member Posts: 4,690 Member Member Posts: 4,690 Member
    mlee981 wrote: »
    AnvilHead wrote: »
    mlee981 wrote: »
    You weight em without the peel on a scale ...

    But honestly ... It's not the bananas you need to worry about .

    It's hbe processed food , the meat, the dairy , the JUNK.

    No. What you need to worry about is the calories. Calories in < Calories out. It's that simple. The rest of the diet is all about context and dosage, there's no need to demonize any particular food or food group.


    Yeah okay man. Do you really think the body utilises the calories in a banana the same way as a donut ?

    Yes.
  • Alyssa_Is_LosingItAlyssa_Is_LosingIt Member Posts: 4,690 Member Member Posts: 4,690 Member
    DanK1988 wrote: »
    I see calories in many places for bananas, but I want to know if that's for weight with the peel on. Basically I need some advice on how many calories are in a banana and how you weigh them. Thanks!

    You weigh without the skin and use an accurate entry that is in grams.

    Entries that say "medium banana" or "small, 6.5 inches" or something similar are not good enough. What is a medium banana? Are you measuring your banana? Bananas are pretty calorie dense, so it's important to get an accurate measure.
    But honestly ... It's not the bananas you need to worry about .

    It's hbe processed food , the meat, the dairy , the JUNK.

    Disregard this. Bananas have calories, and those calories DO count, just as much as the calories in "junk food."
  • amusedmonkeyamusedmonkey Member Posts: 10,197 Member Member Posts: 10,197 Member
    mlee981 wrote: »
    AnvilHead wrote: »
    mlee981 wrote: »
    You weight em without the peel on a scale ...

    But honestly ... It's not the bananas you need to worry about .

    It's hbe processed food , the meat, the dairy , the JUNK.

    No. What you need to worry about is the calories. Calories in < Calories out. It's that simple. The rest of the diet is all about context and dosage, there's no need to demonize any particular food or food group.


    Yeah okay man. Do you really think the body utilises the calories in a banana the same way as a donut ?

    Yes and no. For energy purposes (weight loss/gain/maintenance) yes. For nutrients, both food substances have different nutrients, so no. I know when I was pre-diabetic bananas caused a much sharper blood sugar spike than a doughnut. It surprised me and made me a bit sad because I love bananas, doughnuts not so much.

    A side note: yesterday I had about 200 calories in bananas and 50 calories in cookies, so in retrospect the bananas had a larger impact on my calorie allowance than the cookies.
  • Alyssa_Is_LosingItAlyssa_Is_LosingIt Member Posts: 4,690 Member Member Posts: 4,690 Member
    Jakep2323 wrote: »
    Jakep2323 wrote: »
    mlee981 wrote: »
    AnvilHead wrote: »
    mlee981 wrote: »
    You weight em without the peel on a scale ...

    But honestly ... It's not the bananas you need to worry about .

    It's hbe processed food , the meat, the dairy , the JUNK.

    No. What you need to worry about is the calories. Calories in < Calories out. It's that simple. The rest of the diet is all about context and dosage, there's no need to demonize any particular food or food group.


    Yeah okay man. Do you really think the body utilises the calories in a banana the same way as a donut ?

    Lol - don't go down this road. I did yesterday and lived to regret it. There are those that believe calories are all that matters and all food is healthy as such. You can eat junk food as part of a healthy diet apparently. I agree with you - but don't go down this road....its a long long road...

    Yeah, it always sucks to hear actual logic in the forums.

    Best to just plug your ears and continue to place certain foods into arbitrary categories and assign magical properties to foods like kale.

    So there are no 'superfoods' such as kale, broccoli and blueberries? Answer the girls question - is a banana healthier than a donut?....let me guess - it is about "context"...no, the banana is healthier and that is scientific fact love

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    edited September 2016
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