Do bananas make you feel bloated?
Foods rich in potassium—like bananas, plus avocados, kiwis, oranges, and pistachios—prevent water retention by regulating sodium levels in your body and can thus reduce salt-induced bloating. Bananas also have soluble fiber, which can relieve or prevent constipation.
Adults should consume about 3,500mg of potassium per day, according to the UK's National Health Service. The average banana, weighing 125g, contains 450mg of potassium, meaning a healthy person can consume at least seven-and-half bananas before reaching the recommended level.
- The tasty fruit is a super food powerhouse that can give our bodies all the good stuff that it needs to thrive. They are packed full of nutrients, fiber, vitamins, and natural sugars such as sucrose and fructose. That is why eating 2 bananas a day can help to keep the doctor away.
- Bananas are a conundrum when it comes to constipation foods to avoid. It's a matter of timing: Unripe bananas can cause constipation; ripe bananas can help relieve constipation. Bananas also contain fiber (pectin), which draws water from the intestines toward the stool.
- There's no conclusive evidence that bananas make you gain or lose weight. As with all foods, the question of whether eating a banana is going to pack on the pounds or melt them off comes down to the number of calories they contain and how many calories you're burning.
Updated: 2nd October 2019