Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The Mystery of the Banana

Bananas. I love em! I think they're the perfect energy food and I've been known to consume them in ridiculous amounts.

But did you know......

.....that bananas can deplete your Vitamin D levels? This is especially dangerous to us Canadians who don't get nearly enough Vitamin D in the winter months. How, you ask? Well.....bananas are high in potassium and sugar, which tricks our bodies into thinking it's the summer, a time when Vitamin D isn't as necessary, so our bodies don't hold onto the D that we do have, thinking it's readily available.

Cool, eh? Apparently eating seasonally is very important. I went to a nutrition lecture tonight and it was really interesting, and made a lot of sense. The name of the lecture was "The Secret to Warding Off the Winter Blues" and gave lots of tips on how to eat in order to keep your body functioning happily and healthily, even when it's     -30 out and sunlight and warmth are scarce.


  1. Bananas are really high in sugar also. I still love them. Any other tips they gave.

  2. Ack! So more pumpkin bread during fall and winter and save the banana bread and smoothies for spring and summer (or just limit to summer)

    Bummer :(

    (or increase my vit D intake)

  3. very interesting......I knew the potassium aspect, but the rest is new...any more tips for us?!?! I struggle severely with energy levels

  4. never been a fan of eating bananas. I do like banana bread and muffins though!