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Are Bananas as bad for you as Cookies? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Snack time! Decisions decisions… Grab the fruit or the muffin?

We all think we know what the healthy option would be, but with so much information and mis-information it can be difficult to make a good decision.

Ever heard the rumours that bananas aren’t that good for you? Yellow fruit fans will tell you they are packed with potassium and fibre (and they are). Surprisingly though, they are no better at allaying hunger pangs that the more indulgent chocolate chip cookie.

This informative infographic designed by our friends at Column Five, developed for Massive Health, gives some insightful tips on food choices. Combining data for satiety index (how full a food makes you feel) and the glycaemic index (whether you will have a ‘sugar crash’ or not) it lets you can compare your favourite foods.

Put simply, the foods in the top right hand corner of the table below are much more likely to leave you feeling fuller for longer:

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Bananas vs Cookies infographic

About The Author:


Doctor Stu is editor of Guru Magazine. He originally trained as a medical doctor before deciding to branch out into lecturing and a spot of writing. He edits Guru magazine - the world's first digital 'science lifestyle magazine'. He also drinks far too much coffee, eats lots of ice cream and has a bizarre love of keeping fit. When given the chance, he likes to boast about being shortlisted for the 2011 Guardian Science Writer of the Year (when not regaling friends with 'fascinating' science factoids). You can check out Doctor Stu’s blog at realdoctorstu.com. Here's his

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5 Responses to “Are Bananas as bad for you as Cookies? [INFOGRAPHIC]”

  1. Hey Stu! I’m curious about my favorite snack – cheese! I’m guessing it’s right there with french fries. Plus you eat cheese with crackers which is even worse.

    Ugh hate diets. *sighs*

    Posted by Suzanne Butler | March 20, 2012, 3:36 pm
    • Done some research for you. Cheese has a pretty terrible satiety index – 146. White bread is 100, so that would put cheese beneath white bread.
      Interestingly though cheese doesn’t have a glycaemic index – as it has so little carbohydrate in it. It won’t ever give you a ‘sugar crash’ as it doesn’t change blood sugar levels. It just won’t fill you up much. (It should probably sit in the bottom right corner – which is a bit weird).
      Putting cheese with crackers will be diagonally down and right a bit of crackers on the chart.
      Don’t let that stop you enjoying it though!

      Posted by realdoctorstu | March 20, 2012, 7:06 pm
  2. I liked the chart – some surprising comparisons on there. I didn’t think rice would come out as poorly as it did – I guess this is because it is nearly all carbohydrate.

    Two things:
    - does glycaemic index always mean a sugar crash? I assumed that starchy foods would be better than sugary foods maybe because of a slower peak in blood sugar?
    - the chart doesn’t seem to take fat content into account at all, which might be worth thinking about if you were trying to decide whether to eat a banana or a biscuit…

    Posted by Tim Sloan | April 2, 2012, 6:39 pm

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