Monday, November 10, 2008

Folks in Japan are going bananas

Apparently grocery stores in Japan can't keep their banana shelves stocked ever since the popularization of Japan's Morning Banana Diet. The diet claims up to 43 pounds can be lost in ten weeks but... I find that hard to believe, but love bananas nonetheless.

Here's how the diet "works" - When you wake up in the morning, eat a nice fresh, organic banana, and drink a glass of water. Then eat whatever you'd like (barring no dessert foods) for lunch and dinner (of course a balanced meal is suggested) Make sure to eat dinner by 8PM and be in bed before midnight.

I'm a big fan of bananas and definitely eat at least one a day but I don't necessarily believe that doing so has that much of an impact on weight. I do, however, believe that is has an impact on health. Eric Leech, for treehugger, wrote, "The banana has been claimed by some to be considered as close to the perfect food as you can get. It provides a lot of nutritional benefits such as carbohydrates (for energy), potassium, vitamins (C, B6), protein (not a significant amount, but respectable), 0 fat, 0 cholesterol, 4 to 7 g fiber, and approximately 110 calories for a medium sized banana."

Find criticism and comments about banana diet here.

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