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Apr 1, 2013 06:10 PM

Are Bananas As Bad For You As Cookies?

I Leave You With This.

Cookies? Bananas? You decide.

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  1. Interesting article, thanks for sharing.

    Another important consideration is the potassium content of bananas. A person needs approximately 4700 mg of potassium a day; bananas contain about 433 mg. 11 bananas a day meet the average person's requirement, which is good news for banana afficianados. Unfortunately, too much of a good thing can harmful, even deadly. Awful as it is to imagine, a person can overdose on bananas. :-(

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    1. re: jlhinwa

      I just read something about this on - a PhD cautions against overeating bananas, tells a thrilling and fascinating anecdote about her friend who "ate 7 bananas as part of a weird man-challenge" and then poses the question to her readers, "How many bananas do you think it takes to poison you with potassium?"

      There are currently 197 comments on her informative and thought-provoking post! I have not read them all.

      Here's the link

      1. re: jlhinwa

        Because I have chronically low potassium I have to be careful to make sure I eat the right amount of potassium-heavy food each day. The one time I came close to having a low potassium crisis my doctor told me to drink 1 full glass of orange juice and eat 2 bananas... immediately. I can't imagine how anyone can eat more than that.

        1. re: Gio

          Gio: Coconut water is a great source of potassium and is a nonfat option.

          1. re: globocity

            I didn't know this...thank you globocity!


        then these delicious cookies must be evil! ...but they really are deliciously evil.

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          1. I wonder if there are other fruits that are equal to bananas in terms of sugar crash. That being said, it's not surprising - most low carb diets all emphasize cutting out fruit in various measures or making sure that the value of the nutrients (like in blueberries) compensate for the sugar.

            1. So, in other words, eating a cookie is like eating fruit? And I should have 5 servings of fruit/cookie per day? Good to know.

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              1. re: ferret

                Just keep making and eating these and your health will never be better

                1. re: ferret

                  Just as long as one doesn't eat more than 7 or 8 cookies and takes care that they're not accidentally injected intravenously.

                2. Formula for generating traffic: subject that will appeal to dieters whose strategy essentially consists of 'find magic bullet; do not adjust eating; do not exercise'; analysis that is misleading or stupid, because it was calculated to produce an apparently paradoxical headline, and so induce readers to click on the article; and cute infographic to package the misinformation, because, hell, we all know that dieters of that kind really do struggle with whole words.