I need to vent about a little something that I call the banana.
Banana, aka, that yellow fruit that is an on the go snack, a quick breakfast before a workout, an easy to eat snack that comes with it’s own container. Yes. that one.
Bananas and I are in a fight.
So I am working with a new trainer at my gym and for the last few days he’s had me tracking calories, sugar and fiber intake on my food. The first in a series of eye-opening lessons, I’m sure.
Anyway, this morning I kicked off my day at 5:30AM with a banana and a workout with my trainer. Go me, right? Right.
When I got home, feeling like I just conquered the world, I tracked the banana in my new food log and realized that it has 28 grams of sugar.
TWENTY. EIGHT. GRAMS. OF. SUGAR.
More than half of what I would like to consume in a day.
I knew that fruit would be higher in sugar than, say, broccoli, but 28 grams? Holy Moses I am NEVER eating a banana again (unless I get a major leg cramp and then we can be friends again for 1/2 a day). Potassium is your only good quality, banana.
For a mid-morning snack, I ate a clementine, red pepper strips and light ranch dressing. Can we talk about how 1c of red pepper had more sugar than the clementine (by .2 grams, but still).
It’s a PEPPER. I feel cheated.
All of the fruits and veggies that I enjoy are full of sugar and it, quite frankly, pisses me off! I know that they’re healthier than a bag of Doritos, but really, sugar in a red pepper? Wha?
I’m not even stupid, I promise.
I’ve done diets before. Healthy eating, yadda yadda yadda… but I’ve never paid attention to sugar. This is CRAZY, people.
My trainer told me that this would happen. The anger about sugar… He also told me that I wasn’t allowed to fall back on processed food. I can see how that would be tempting when a banana and a Reese’s peanut butter cup are probably comparable in sugar.
I just checked.
[Curiosity killed the cat. I know. I like dogs.]
A package of Reese’s peanut butter cups has less sugar than a banana.
This is going to be a rocky journey.
It’s weird that I am paying money for this, right?
Ok, I realize that fueling my body with fruit, veggies, protein and high fiber goodness is important and will benefit me longer, but when you compare a banana to a Reese’s peanut butter cup, it’s depressing.
A banana. It’s fruit. It’s not even as good as peanut butter and chocolate mixed together!!!
On that note, if you can’t find me for the next few days, I’m crouched in the corner hugging myself and eating quinoa and celery.
I can’t wait until my next “lesson”. Not.
Speaking of bananas… here’s a little PSA. Men, please, please, PLEASE do not EVER ever EVER in your life wear neon yellow shorts without underwear while running on the treadmill. It’s not attractive. In fact, I’m going to go ahead and call it down right gross. Thank you.