By Sarika Rana
A quick and easy meal-on-the-go option is bananaThe contents of the fruit are known for promoting a healthy heartWhether it's a good breakfast option on an empty stomach is debatable
Of all the meals, breakfast is the most important one, which should be eaten like a king, including wholesome and nutritious ingredients in the platter. However, most often, it ends up becoming a meal on the go and we tend to grab one of the easiest options, which is a banana, as it requires no washing. Banana of course comes with a bevy of health benefits. The contents of the fruit are known for promoting a healthy heart and reducing fatigue in the body, besides maintaining blood pressure, reducing depression, constipation, heartburn and ulcers and provide a cooling effect to the body. It is also high in iron content that helps in stimulating the production of hemoglobin and helps in curing anemia. While it makes an excellent source for maintaining a healthy body, whether it makes a healthy breakfast option on an empty stomach is still debatable."Bananas are an excellent source of potassium, fiber and magnesium, hence fulfilling the need of various nutrients in your body. It boosts your energy and reduces hunger pangs. One must consume bananas every day," shares Dr. Shilpa Arora, Nutritionist, Macrobiotic Health Coach (UK). The 25 percent of sugar in banana gives you the much needed sugar rush and a burst of energy to carry out various activities of the day. Other nutrients that bananas contain include iron, tryptophan, vitamin B6 and vitamin B.
According to various sources, we find that bananas, despite being full of potassium, fiber and magnesium, are not a good option to consume on an empty stomach. Some of the reasons include:
The high amount of natural sugars present in bananas that boost energy could also make you feel drained after a few hours.
Bananas temporarily fill you up leaving you sleepy and fatigued.
Bananas are acidic in nature; hence, it may cause bowel problems if consumed on an empty stomach.
According to Dr. Anju Sood, a renowned Bengaluru-based nutritionist, "Bananas are acidic in nature and have high amounts of potassium. They are good to start off with in the morning but not on an empty stomach. You should team it with soaked dry fruits, apples and other fruits to minimalise the acidic content in the body." The high magnesium content can cause imbalance between calcium and magnesium in the blood, which may further have an adverse effect on the cardiovascular system.
What Does Ayurveda Say?
According to Ayurveda, one must avoid consuming fruits in the morning on an empty stomach. Ayurveda Expert, Dr. BN Sinha explains, "Technically, not only banana, but fruits should be avoided. Nowadays, natural fruits are hard to find. What we buy is artificially grown and should not be taken right in the morning. The chemicals present in these fruits are way harmful than we think. One way to avoid consuming fruits directly can be mixing it with other foods so that the effect subsides with nutrients in them."