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by 0 · August 12, 2014 at 4:15 AM

Hello, everyday I have a banana smoothie, made up of yogurt, one small banana and a bit of milk, with half an avocado. I have been on the diet for a week and haven't lost any weight though. I'm wondering if this is the reason? Every other meal I... (more)

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GiGiEats 0 · August 12, 2014 at 4:15 AM

Bananas are one of the highest in sugar fruits out there! If you want a fruit smoothie in the AM, you should try using berries... And I would use EITHER milk OR yogurt, not both. The avocado is a great addition though!

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by 0 · July 13, 2014 at 8:57 AM

I've been paleo for 2 1/2 months. I have egg allergy issues and can't eat bananas, they HURT ME TERRIBLY. All of a sudden I'm having issues with nuts. They cause me severe stomach pain and diarrhea. I'm not sure why I'm having these issues. But... (more)

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moors 0 · July 13, 2014 at 8:57 AM

Also you may have developed an intolerance that can go away after a break from the nuts

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by 0 · April 21, 2014 at 2:09 PM

Hello, I have been belching almost nonstop for quite awhile, believing it to be the result of leaky gut syndrome. I am sure that I have that condition, but yet, the belching doesn't seem to stop. I thought it might be aerophagia, which I am... (more)

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glacierkn 0 · April 21, 2014 at 2:08 PM

Maybe look into HCL/stomach acid deficiency? I went through a period of belching, and at one point I ended up getting stomach ulcers and read up on it. I took some HCL supplements for a week or so, and I think my levels came back up--I'm not... (more)

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by 0 · September 16, 2014 at 8:10 PM

I started doing paleo after having severe gastrointestinal problems, and have been doing well with it for quite a while. I will usually switch between a few different diets, mostly just a modified paleo friendly vegetarian diet (homemade almond... (more)

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Klod 0 · June 04, 2013 at 6:31 PM

I for a long time experienced what I thought was heartburn from bananas as well as some other foods (canned tuna, raw fish, beer, wine, kombucha, melon etc.) but started to realize it may be eosinophilic esophagitis. It's not quite the same as... (more)

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by 342 · September 16, 2014 at 8:09 PM

I eat about 2-3 bananas almost everyday. I'm wondering if this is good or bad thing, since they are a fruit and are loaded with carbs? I usually eat paleo pancakes for breakfast (just eggs and bananas mixed together and fried up. sometimes I add... (more)

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TruthinessInc 0 · May 31, 2013 at 10:30 AM

What you eat and how you eat it are dependent on you, and any goals you've set for yourself as well as how you define Paleo for your personal needs. So...how do you feel eating 3 bananas a day? Is your energy good? Have you noticed your clothes... (more)

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by 10 · September 16, 2014 at 8:09 PM

Hi guys, I want to know if it's bad to eat bananas if my main goal is to tone up, aside from performing well while exercising. Before I did cross fit i use to go to a gym and i had a trainer. I remember he told me to avoid eating bananas and... (more)

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O_Siodhachain 0 · May 14, 2013 at 11:14 PM

Try dropping them for two weeks and replacing it with equal calorie-amount fat (1 tbsp butter or oil should do it). Add them back in. See if it makes a difference. We can't really assess your body like that for you, though I can say I feel great... (more)

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by 187 · September 16, 2014 at 8:08 PM

hello there. so i like to have the occasional 2-ingredient-banana-pancake that is raved about in paleo food blogs... previous to today, i've been using only ripe/slightly overripe bananas to make the pancakes. the pancake always ends up falling... (more)

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greymouser 0 · May 03, 2013 at 11:45 AM

The difference was definitely the levels of starch (and resistant starch) v. sugar levels. There is nothing that will hurt you in an underripe banana that can you hurt any differently that a ripe one hypothetically might. If you can stand the... (more)

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by 2302 · September 16, 2014 at 8:07 PM

I'm not sure if the title is clear but I've come close enough to my fat loss goal (after a couple of bad months due to injury) and am looking to add some good muscle. I'm not skinny or weak now, but hoping to bulk up muscle-wise only. NOTE: I... (more)

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greymouser 0 · April 11, 2013 at 3:41 PM

I agree with the exclusiveness theme of the previous two answers: healthy, carb-dense foods will not necessarily make you more fat if eaten further away from a workout. This assumes a healthy & active lifestyle in general. However, I wanted... (more)

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by 40 · September 16, 2014 at 7:58 PM

I am hoping for some clarification about carbohydrates. On the advice of paleohacks, I recently started eating more carbohydrates as I was eating next-to-none and it was making me feel ill. I am now feeling much better, having added bananas and... (more)

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borofergie 0 · November 25, 2012 at 11:42 AM

I like Paul Jaminet's calculations in his "Perfect Health Diet" book. Where he comes to the conclusion that most non-athletes use no more than 150g of glucose a day. "Glycogen makes up 1-2% of the mass of muscle or about 300-500g. The liver has... (more)

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by 173 · September 16, 2014 at 7:58 PM

What kind of desserts, Paleo-ify-ed, would taste good when sweetened wholly with bananas?

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Elizabeth_15 0 · November 25, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Chocolate custard 1 ripe banana 2 tbsp almond butter 2 tbsp cocoa powder 1/4 cup coconut oil Splash of vanilla extract Mash banana with fork and blend in rest of the ingredients. Store in the fridge for one half hour. So good!

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by 173 · September 16, 2014 at 7:57 PM

Just curious to know whether you guys eat bananas regularly on paleo as a starch source. I don't, not really, 'cause I don't really like how it tastes but I'm looking to alternative starch sources, so... Bananas on paleo. Thoughts?

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Thomy 0 · November 09, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Hi, I eat them almost every day. As a natural food I doubt the carbs do any harm. Anyway you probably should stay away from 30 bananas a day

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by 70 · September 16, 2014 at 7:54 PM

I love banana and know it is a good choice of nutrients, including potassium. In one book the author spoke of pureeing banana and freezing it. I know how high the carb content is in a banana. Anyone have any thoughts on how to incoorate it on paleo? (more)

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CC_3 0 · September 26, 2012 at 3:39 AM

If you're wondering about when to eat it or how to eat it without gaining weight / how to optimize the carbs and sugar in bananas, I would treat it like a dessert and eat it like any other food that has a lot of glucose and fructose - after a hard... (more)

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by 28 · September 16, 2014 at 7:52 PM

Let me ask several questions this time. I can't tolerate any white rice and corn. They seem to be similar foods and it makes sense. Yet, why do I have an issue with bananas? Besides being white like rice, there seems to be no connection. I have... (more)

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VB 0 · August 24, 2012 at 6:01 AM

Last fall I was diagnosed as gluten intolerant. At first I thought it was "celiac" but my doctor explained that no, I did not have celiac sprue, I was just gluten intolerant. As soon as I went gluten-free, I have developed... (more)

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by 15400 · September 16, 2014 at 7:50 PM

I am currently trying RAW Paleo. I eat all my vegetables raw, occasionally raw sashimi, but I also have some cooked meat as well. I felt like I needed some starch because eating raw cucumbers and raw carrots does not fill me up. So I have been... (more)

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JoeB 0 · October 03, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Jicama (a tuber) is excellent raw, and if you really want to wake up your taste buds squeeze some lime juice on it and add a little salt and chili powder!

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by 60 · September 16, 2014 at 7:49 PM

Can I safely have a banana a day? Hemp seeds? Chia seeds? Unlimited raw cocao beans? 100% dark chocolate unlimited? I hear if you are going to eat fruit berries are best. Is that so? I've been eating the above in moderation, not excessively,... (more)

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Joseph_S_ 0 · July 11, 2012 at 9:46 PM

I like hemp seeds a lot. I usually add a teaspoon or so to my salads and kefir/yogurt. Chances are, you're not eating enough of them to make a big difference either way, so if you like the taste and they make you happy, go for it. I love cacao... (more)

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by 418 · September 16, 2014 at 7:49 PM

I used to eat bananas all the time. But in my early 20's I cannot seem to tolerate them. I get real bad abdominal or stomach pains. It feels like my body cannot digest it. I tried this several times months and even years later. Same problem. They... (more)

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paleoguy11 0 · July 10, 2012 at 11:51 PM

I used to eat em no problem but not i get pain in my hands. Avoidance is our only option i guess.

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by 600 · September 16, 2014 at 7:49 PM

Hey guys, I've been paleo for around 3 months now. My current weight is 70kg and I'm 161cm tall I've been in ketosis for 5 days and intend on staying in it for 7 weeks I've been craving a banana smoothie all day and I'm just wondering if it's... (more)

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Gerg 0 · July 10, 2012 at 2:47 PM

I say just go for it. Eating it after a workout will have the least impact, but seriously we are talking about ONE banana here there are far worse things you could be eating instead.

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by 14877 · September 16, 2014 at 7:47 PM

Do bananas classify as a starchy carb? THey feel kind of starchy to me and I prefer them for energy over any other fruit. Are they part starch?

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Sol 0 · June 12, 2012 at 4:34 PM

I think the answer to your question is that it depends on how ripe the banana is. I think of what we call plantains to be the starchier version of what Americans think of as bananas. Wikipedia makes this point: Bananas are a staple starch for... (more)

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by 1670 · September 16, 2014 at 7:43 PM

I am trying to keep my carb level pretty low right now, but after crossfit I usually eat some carb like sweet potato or banana mashed in coconut milk. Which one causes less of an insulin spike and is digested better? Although both starchy, is... (more)

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Nance 0 · April 22, 2012 at 12:13 AM

Do you own a blood glucose (bg) meter? If not, it's a practical and relatively inexpensive tool. In reality, other people can share general opinions and assumptions but only you can experiment and measure what YOUR reactions are. For example, I... (more)

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by 40 · September 16, 2014 at 7:41 PM

Greetings! I have celiac disease and RA, I am of the autoimmune protocol. The doctor advised me to avoid coconuts and bananas, as they are distant relatives of some grains. Has anyone heard about this, something to tell? What is your reaction to... (more)

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Marcy_1 0 · April 05, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Yesto, I have also heard to avoid coconut products for the autoimmune protocol. I haven't heard that about bananas, but I will do some more research. Also, my brother follows primal and has Celiac. Without being aware of the protocol, he... (more)

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by 3742 · September 16, 2014 at 7:41 PM

Wikipedia claims that bananas have the same type of fiber (resistant starch) as grains. A few Paleo books have made the claim that the type of fiber in grains is bad for the gut, scratching and tearing it along the way. Does banana fiber do the same? (more)

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Mscott 0 · March 16, 2012 at 1:20 AM

When discussing resistant starch, there are various forms. Bananas have the form RS2, which has been shown to improve insulin sensitivity in several studies. Whole grains usually contain the resistant starch RS1 or, if well cooked/prepared, RS3.... (more)

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by 423 · September 16, 2014 at 7:40 PM

So, I was reading on Rob Wolf's website, that (for weight loss) fruit should limited to 1 serving/day. I have a few questions about that idea: Does that seem to be true? What constitutes 1 serving (clearly, I assume 1 small apple, plum, etc. for... (more)

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Mystery_Man_X 0 · March 11, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Assuming Wolf actually says this...The utterly absurd notion that more than one piece of fruit a day will "stall weight loss" is a classic example of why some folks refer to paleo-gurus as paleotards.

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by 255 · September 16, 2014 at 7:40 PM

Possible Duplicate: How many bananas per day is too much? Hi! I eat between 3 and 6 bananas a day. I'm male, active (WODs at least 5 times/week plus weekly boxing and yoga classes) and eat a well-balanced paleo diet, aside from my... (more)

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Shari_Bambino 0 · March 01, 2012 at 6:32 PM

The biggest possible issue I see is the foods are you may not be eating in favor of the bananas. Do you eat other fruits or only bananas? Are you eating good quantities of veggies? I think a quest for variety in the diet is important so I'd... (more)

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by 1720 · September 16, 2014 at 7:32 PM

Are they healthy? Are organic bananas better than non-organic? Especially if the peel is edible? Do the peels have lots of pesticides on them? What else could I use the peels for, if not eaten?

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Kewpie 0 · November 03, 2011 at 11:04 PM

Yes they are edible, and yes they are healthy. I would opt for organic if you want to eat them to avoid the pesticides. If you don't want to eat them you can compost them.

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by 1204 · September 16, 2014 at 7:27 PM

Is there such a thing as developing sudden intolerance to bananas? My wife loves bananas, but has been unable to eat them for a few months without severe gut cramping and a sprint to bathroom with a toddler chasing after her. The other latex... (more)

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Alchemille 0 · August 09, 2011 at 2:11 AM

I have had banana intolerance for a while. I used to eat 1 banana everyday (I now know that we you eat too much of a food you can become allergic) until I ate an banana that wasn't fully ripe. Then I got some nasty stomach cramps and felt unwell... (more)