The “Morning Banana Diet” has taken Japan by storm – to the point where stores can’t keep up with the demand. The diet is as simple as it gets – beginning with eating a banana first thing in the morning. Here are some other details of the diet:
- You may eat more than one banana for breakfast and have 2 if you like (only raw, uncooked and unfrozen)
- Eat anything you want for lunch and dinner as long as you eat diner before 8 pm. (many dieters report cutting back on rice and fried foods)
- No dessert with meals.
- At meals, eat only until satisfied but not full (The Japanese expression is “Hara hachibu ni isha irazu” – “A stomach eight-tenths full needs no doctor.”
- Drink only water
- Eat mindfully
- You may have an afternoon snack
- Early to bed
- Journal your food intake
- Exercise only if you want
Clearly, the morning banana is the make-or-break factor here! In seriousness, there are some great suggestions there. Unfortunately, they have been relegated to “by-the-ways” whereas they are actually more prominent factors in eating for leanness.
Like its other predecessors, the morning banana diet proponents have assigned magical properties to a single food which it simply does not possess. Here are some more truthful factoids (I think) about bananas:
- A medium sized banana contains about 108 calories, 27g of carbs, 5 grams of fat,
- Known for their potassium, bananas are actually an average source, providing about 13% of the daily intake.
- Bananas are a good source of vitamin B6 and to a lesser extent vitamin C.
- Bananas are an exceptionally rich source of fructooligosaccharide, a compound called a prebiotic because it nourishes probiotic (friendly) bacteria in the colon.
- Bananas contain pectin, which helps proper movement through the digestive tract
- A Bananas glycemic index varies greatly according to its stage of ripeness: Under ripe yields about a 30, while spotted bananas can be well into the 60’s.
Bananas are part of a healthy diet but they do not contain miraculous fat burning characteristics. The traditional Japanese diet is very healthy and has helped Japan secure its reputation for being home to the some of the longest lived citizens in the world. It would be more encouraging seeing those who have strayed from their traditional diets go back to their roots, rather than jumping on the latest dietary fad bandwagon.