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The 2010 U.S. Department of Agriculture's new MyPlate food guide recommends you eat fruit with every meal. Bananas are low in calories, high in potassium and a good source of fiber, and are the second-most-commonly consumed fruit in the United States, according to the website The Pulse. However, a fried banana is not a healthy choice. Not only is the banana fried in oil, but it is also coated in flour and sugar, increasing its calorie and fat content.
One medium fried banana has almost twice the number of calories of a medium raw banana. One medium fried banana contains 198 calories, according to the website Food.com 3. In comparison, a regular banana has 105 calories. Both the flour coating and the frying of the banana contribute to its higher calorie content. As a more energy-dense food, the fried banana takes more calories to help fill you up than the regular banana, which may cause you to consume more calories than you need 3.
Although fat does contribute some of the additional calories, the total fat content of the fried banana is fairly low, providing less than 10 percent of the total calories. One medium fried banana contains 2 g of total fat, including 1 g of saturated fat, and 49 mg of cholesterol. However, the fried banana meets 5 percent of your daily value for saturated fat, based on a 2,000-calorie diet for a healthy adult, while a regular banana meets 0 percent. Saturated fat contributes to blood cholesterol levels and risk of heart disease.
The one significant difference between the fried banana and plain raw banana is protein content. One medium fried banana contains 4.5 g of protein, while the raw banana contains only 1 g. Protein is an essential nutrient necessary to help maintain muscle mass, make new cells and support immune health. You should get 10 percent to 35 percent of your total calories from protein.
Most of the calories in the fried banana come from carbohydrates. One medium fried banana contains 43 g of carbohydrates. It also has 3 g of fiber, which is 12 percent of your daily value for fiber. Fiber is an important nutrient for good health, helping to control hunger, improve bowel function and lower your risk of both diabetes and heart disease.
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