Bananas & Diet — World's Most Perfect Power Food
Bananas are the perfect nutrient-dense power food, providing natural energy to fuel active lives. Pack a banana wherever you go and you'll always have a quick, convenient source of nutrition to pick you up and keep you going.
Dietary Guidelines - MyPlate
Chiquita has partnered with USDA to help promote a healthier lifestyle. The USDA's Dietary Guidelines recommend these steps to improve dietary choices:
- Make fruits and veggies half your plate!
- Avoid oversize portions and high-calorie foods
- Choose whole grains and low sodium options
- Replace sugary drinks with water
USDA's MyPlate program recommends eating 1-2 cups of fruit per day, depending on your age and gender. One large (8-9 inch) banana is about equal to one cup of fruit. To determine what amount of fruit is right for your age, gender and activity level, visit ChooseMyPlate.gov and select their SuperTracker.
Tips for getting more Fruits and Vegetables into your diet:
- Sip fruit smoothies - they're a great way to get more fruits into your diet.
- Make fruit pops with cubes of bananas and other fruit, easy and fun to make.
- Keep it colorful - eat a range of fruits and vegetables to get a broad range of nutrients.
Here are some delicious, nutritious recipes to help you meet the MyPlate dietary guidelines:
Bananas are a Dream Food:
- Low in fat and a good source of nutrients.
- The fiber in a banana may reduce the risk of heart disease and some cancers when eaten as part of a diet low in fat, cholesterol, and sodium, and rich in fiber-containing foods like bananas. Low fat diets rich in fiber-containing grain products, fruits, and vegetables may reduce the risk of some types of cancer, a disease associated with many factors. While many factors may affect heart disease, diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of this disease.
- Help you meet the recommended Dietary Guidelines by increasing your intake of fruits and vegetables
An Athlete's Friend - Bananas are the Perfect Workout Food:
- The banana's combination of carbohydrates, simple sugars and dietary fiber provides energy needed for physical activity.
- Bananas are a great source of potassium. Learn more about the potassium in bananas
The Banana Diet
In 2008, the Morning Banana Diet was created by a Japanese pharmacist and it quickly gained popularity. In fact, it became so popular that it led to a shortage of bananas in food stores! The diet recommends eating bananas for breakfast, drinking water, eating a normal lunch, and dinner before 8pm. As with any diet, always consult your doctor or a nutrition expert to find the best food and lifestyle plan for you.