I have anywhere from 3-4 bananas per day (when I have bananas). Is that too much? And if so, why?
Eat as many as you want dude. 3-4 is just fine especially if you are trying to gain some muscle. Eat most of them after your intense workouts.
I ate 5 today for my lunch since I was out and about and was by a grocery store. It's the first time I have ever done this and I would most definitely do it again. A hell of a lot better than McDonalds.
They are perfect in smoothies so eat up! And, they are cheap so if one is on a budget then he or she should allow more bananas in.
I'd say up to 2 bananas a day are ok. From wikipedia: "Dr. Haas concluded that bananas enabled the breaking up of starches and the conversion of cane sugar into fruit sugar". So basically, except potassium, bananas have a special property that can break up "complex" carbs, so our gut can deal with such foods, reducing inflammation. Think of bananas as a digestive enzyme for other carbs. Therefore, they should not be eliminated, but I think 4 bananas a day is a bit too much. If you just like eating fruits, by all means do so, but maybe add some variety in there too?
It depends on how you feel about fructose/starch/calories.
According to Dr. Mercola, you should limit your fructose intake to less than 25 grams per day. Also according to Mercola, 1 average sized banana is about 11 or 12 grams. So, if you subscribe to Dr. Mercola's view, you're eating about double what you should.
My opinion would be "whatever you feel good on".
I love bananas as they are comfortable on my inflamed intestines.They are easy to digest and good to have before a workout in a smoothie!Limit depends on activity levels and insulin sensitivity.
Sugar from fruit is probably much better than added sugar. That said, fruit contains a lot of sugar so I would limit it to 1 a day, assuming you're eating a variety of other fruits and sweet foods (chocolate, sweet potato, etc).
My reason is simple: I think it's better to be safe than sorry. Plus, the yanomami are a bit chubby... :)