Bananas for Diabetics – Yes or No?

Banana is a tasty fruit that is easily available across India. Owing to the high content of free sugars, diabetic patients are often restricted to have banana.

An average sized banana contains around 27 to 30 grams of carbohydrates. More than half of these are made up of sugars. The larger the banana, the higher the sugar content is.

But besides the sugar, bananas also contain fiber, potassium, vitamin B6 and vitamin C.

Therefore, bananas are a healthy choice for most people with diabetes.


Bananas score between low and medium on the glycemic index (GI) scale. Unripe bananas have a GI of about 42, while ripe bananas with brown specks have a GI of around 48 to 51. The riper the fruit, the GI value is higher.


Eating whole fruits, including bananas, has been linked to a decreased risk of type 2 diabetes, revealed a study published in the August 2013 issue of British Journal of Medicine.

The starch in unripe bananas might improve blood sugar levels as well as insulin response, observed a study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health in 2015.


Dr. Trupti Shirole

Ayurvedic Physician

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