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    Question Bananas - after training?

    Hi,

    I keep hearing that it's good to eat bananas immediately after lifting weights. Is this true? Is so, why?

    Also, I do a lot of jogging, is it good to eat bananas after cardiovascular training?

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    Bananas are good for you. Any time is a good time to eat them.

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    I add bannanas to my lo carb, lo fat, hi protein pancakes and waffles, along with some non-dairy, no refined sugar, chocolate chips. makes for a good tasting dinner

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    I freeze my bananas and then eat them. Will doing this eliminate any of the bananas nutrition?

    Also, is it ok to eat bananas as nighttime snack?

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    I always have two bananas in my post-workout shake because they are a good source of Potassium.I use to cramp up alot after a hard workout and was told that my sodium/potassium levels were low.since including them in my post-workout meal, I have not experienced any cramping whatsoever.

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    Baumer, sounds good. How many grams of each do your waffles have and what's the recipe?

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    ....I mix bananas in my post work out shake...together with honey..
    sometimes i eat raisins....i ve read on some other topic...that fruit sugar isn t good source of simple carbs after workout,,?

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    Question

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    How much potassium do bananas contain?
    What benefits does potassium have for the body?

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    Most people eat bananas after their weight training to help in glycogen recovery, Problem is as Twinklebell poited out they are not the best source of simple sugars to replace glycogen after a workout, I believe due to the fact that fructose is not taken up as quickly by the system as Dextrose or Maltodextrin (Plus a banana is just not a high GI carb). I usually have a dextrose containing beverage immediately after my workout and then a protien shake with maltodextrin about a half an hour later. Both of those will create an insulin response which can help keep cortisol levels to a minimum after weight lifting.

    Other than that, Bananas are great any other time of the day to keep potassium levels up. And plus there yummmmy!
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    Originally posted by Foodio:


    How much potassium do bananas contain?
    What benefits does potassium have for the body?
    Bananas, orange juice, potatoes, avocados, lima beans, cantaloupes, peaches, tomatoes, flounder, salmon, and cod all contain more than 300 mg of potassium per serving. Other good sources include chicken, meat, and various other fruits, vegetables, and fish.

    Potassium is one of the major electrolytes in your body, along with sodium and chloride. Potassium and sodium work together like a molecular seesaw: when the level of one goes up, the other goes down. All together, these three dissolved minerals play an intimate chemical role in every function of your body.


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    Mighty King,
    I use Carbolite brand zero-carb bake mix which is made from mostly soy protein isolate, it has no carbs, no fat, 96 calories, and 24 grams of protein per scoop. I use 3 scoops to make a batch of waffles or pancakes. Then I cut up a bannana and add slices of that and I buy non-dairy chocolate chips from the health food store, they have no refined sugar and have 4 grams of fat and 9 grams of carbs per 2 tablespoons, I usually use 1 1/2 Tbs per batch. Lately, I've been adding a scoop of organic multigrain pancake mix to the recipe to add some carbs. It usually makes like 6 pancakes or 2 1/2 belgian waffles. I top it all off with a little of the Aitkens choc. syrup, and some no carb, sugar free maple syrup. It's a great hi protein, moderate carb, lo fat meal.

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    Good thinking Twinkle

    Banana's are bad post workout because they are all fructose which goes straight to liver glycogen stores and not muscle glycogen where the glucose is needed post workout.

    Eat some high GI glucose.

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    Does this go with all carbs? what kind of carbs are high GI? like pasta or oatmeal cereal..things like that?

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    meant does this go with all fruits.

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    well how about honey as source of simple carbs..in postworkoutshake..?

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