While it may be tempting to grab the 19 cent Trader Joe’s bananas, if they’re bigger than a single serving and you’re watching your calories, they may not be the best option for your diet—despite the added nutritional value.
Acerra also pointed out that due to the varied sizes offered in stores, it can be almost impossible to differentiate what a medium-sized banana should look like when browsing and buying. But fear not, HealthierYou offers a quick tip to determine if you’re buying the size you think you are, noting you should “stretch your thumb and pinkie finger. If your banana is bigger than that, it is larger than 1 serve. Or if you have a pencil handy, the length of the average pencil will give you the right size”.
There are some upsides. Bananas contain immense nutritional benefits, including, as the Harvard School of Public Health notes, “vitamin B6, fiber, potassium, magnesium, vitamin C, [and] manganese”.
And for those who do realize they’ve got a few bananas that are larger than the recommended serving size, there are so many recipes to choose from to add the leftovers to, like one of the 17 desserts Tasty recommends. Zero waste, here you come!