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Are Dried Banana Chips Healthy?

Posted: Jan 28 in Health And Wellness, Nutrition by

If you seek a convenient, portable snack that doesn’t expire quickly, dried banana chips may appeal to you. They’re always ripe, and you won’t have to worry about fruit flies. However, you might wonder if this food is really as healthy as it may seem.

Health Benefits of Dried Banana Chips

The good news is that these chips deliver several valuable nutrients. For example, a one-third cup serving contains around one gram of protein and another gram of fiber. It also provides magnesium, vitamin A, iron, phosphorus, and potassium in small quantities. These nutrients benefit your eyes and may prevent high blood pressure.

Like most foods, this snack supplies your body with energy. A serving provides about 165 calories. Approximately 58 percent of these calories come from fat. Bananas contain relatively little protein, so the energy may not last as long as you’d like.

Disadvantages of Eating Dried Bananas

This food also has multiple negative aspects that you shouldn’t overlook. Each serving delivers around 10 grams of fat and half as much sugar. Most of this fat consists of the more harmful saturated variety, and you’ll also consume a small amount of sodium. Nonetheless, dried banana chips contain less sugar and sodium than many ready-to-eat snacks.

Comparison of Dried and Fresh Bananas

Fresh bananas offer equivalent nutrition in several ways. They supply similar amounts of calories, protein, sugar, iron, and various vitamins. On the other hand, these bananas contain more fiber and slightly less sodium. Dieters appreciate the fact that they’re nearly fat-free.

Dried banana chips represent a comparatively healthy snack or dessert if you eat them in moderation and remember to brush your teeth afterward. However, fresh bananas allow you to gain the same nutritional benefits without increasing your fat intake. Both foods provide healthier alternatives to candy, pastries and corn chips.

Comments

13 Responses to “Are Dried Banana Chips Healthy?”
  • Jessica says:

    Is there a certain reason I would need to brush my teeth right after eating banana chips?

    • Dr. Lazarus says:

      Well – I had to look this one up 🙂 It is best to rinse your mouth with water after eating these fruits and to not brush your teeth until 30 minutes after you ate the fruit. The natural acid in the fruit that is left in your mouth after you eat it may temporarily soften the outer layer of the tooth.

  • Jcee says:

    Confused on the dried vs fresh banana comparison: “However, fresh bananas allow you to gain the same nutritional benefits without increasing your fat intake.” Why would the dry variety have more fat content? “

    • Dr. Lazarus says:

      I think they are often deep fried to give them that ‘crispy’ texture. Hence the higher fat and calorie content. I believe there are some baked or dehydrated versions but I would still look out for sugar content – as with a lot of dried fruits (but not all) there is often sugar added. Hope this helps!

  • says:

    In theory, however, what if we just cut the bananas and bake them in the oven? Will that affect nutrition? (It shouldn’t though because all ovens do is cook stuff with heat, but just making sure)

    • Dr. Lazarus says:

      I wouldn’t think so – no added sugars / oils / fats / etc. However, We will tend to overeat dehydrated fruit because there is so much less water content – if having dried fruit, careful with the portions!

  • Lisa says:

    Can you bake or dehydrate banana chips is it healthier

    • Dr. Lazarus says:

      Not sure – great question. I think part of the issue is that they are adding things to the banana chips. Nevertheless, just keep in mind that dried fruit has a LOT of fructose! I generally recommend when eating fruit, eat whole fruit – not dried, not smoothies, etc. At least, from a weight management standpoint.

  • Diane says:

    If you dehydrate the bananas yourself, like I do, you don’t NEED to add anything to them. They are delicious by themselves. The only thing I do different is I dip them in organic lemon juice after slicing them dehydrate. The lemon juice prevents them from prematurely turning brown, so they are still the same color as when they are fresh. I highly recommend dehydrating them yourself, very healthy snack! I have trouble keeping them in the house, they go very quickly. And I know I’m feeding my family much less sugar when I dehydrate certain foods (also own beef jerky)

  • Mark says:

    Sorry for prior typo. Please explain the steps necessary To dehydrate bananas. I am a terrible cook,

  • Mary says:

    What type of dehydrator do you have? I want to do some foods for prepping. Can they just be stored loosely in canning jars? Do you have to do anything special to make them last a long time?

  • Stan says:

    Yes, you can dehydrate bananas. I’ve done it before by simply slicing them about 3/16″ thick and placing them on the dehydrator trays. Then run the dehydrator for the amount of time written in the instruction booklet. If you don’t want to buy a dehydrator, you could use your oven on low heat for however long it takes to dry them.

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