Health & Benefits
March 31st 2020 ・ 10 min reading
Bananas are well-loved everywhere: they’re the world’s most popular fruit, and health-conscious consumers are increasingly keen to understand the benefits of the foods they’re eating.
A medium-sized Chiquita banana contains about 14 grams of sugar, or around 53% of its overall weight; however, these sugars are mostly natural fructose with small amounts of glucose, sucrose and maltose, rather than the highly-refined ‘added’ sugars that health professionals warn against. Fructose is broken down in the liver, while the sort of sugar usually added to sweet goods begins to break down in the stomach and needs insulin to be fully metabolized.
The natural sugars in Chiquita bananas are good for the body and an ideal choice for people looking to reduce their sugar intake, because they can help to stave off those terrible cravings for unhealthy candy. It’s important to distinguish between the helpful sugar in a Chiquita banana and the kind of sugars added to processed foods that are contributing to obesity.
Chiquita bananas are a great option for those wanting to lose weight and get fit. This is because despite being so sweet, a whole medium Chiquita banana contains just 100 calories or thereabouts. This super fruit also provides a huge number of other benefits such as fiber (over three grams in one medium banana), which helps digestion and lowers cholesterol; important nutrients such as vitamins C and B6; and minerals such as potassium, which helps to maintain muscle function and a regular heartbeat, as well as manganese, magnesium and iron.
That fiber also plays an important role alongside the natural sugar in a Chiquita banana, helping to make you feel satisfied for a long time once you’ve eaten one. The fiber also means that the sugars in the Chiquita banana are digested slowly, which helps prevent spikes in blood sugar levels. This is why, despite Chiquita bananas being so deliciously sweet, they are between low and medium on the GI (glycemic index) scale.
The good sugars in Chiquita bananas also give you a lasting energy boost, which explains why they are so popular with endurance athletes who need slow-release sugars to give them the stamina they need. A study has found that bananas have a far healthier blend of sugars than sports drinks – and they are also very easy to carry in their own tough packaging!
People also say that Chiquita bananas have a great taste, making them easy to eat for those who are unwell and need to be tempted by a healthy treat. With all these benefits, sweet, creamy Chiquita bananas make the perfect snack. The natural, healthy sugars ensure they are nature’s very own candy bar!
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