Bananas make you feel fuller for longer
Bananas are rich in a soluble fibre called pectin – a type of fibre that’s soluble in water. This soluble fibre therefore dissolves in the water in our digestive systems and turns into a gel, which fills the stomach, helping to make us feel fuller. One banana provides about 3 grams of soluble fibre, which is about 10% of the recommended daily intake.
High fibre foods such as bananas make us feel full due to their ability to swell in our stomachs, without extra calories, which is useful if we’re looking to lose or maintain our weight, or resist the urge to snack too often!
The fibre found in bananas is a type of soluble fibre called pectin. During digestion, pectin mixes with the water in our guts, causing it to swell up, signalling to our brains that our stomach is full, without eating an excessive number of calories.