Bananas contain so-called resistant starch, a form of dietary fiber that may block your body from burning carbohydrates. So says Gail Gedan Spencer, weight loss blogger for Examiner.com (and formerly co-blogger for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel’s cheeky diet blog, The Skinny). Gail writes about resistant starch and its possible relation to the Morning Banana Diet in a post at her Examiner.com blog, which includes a video of Prevention Magazine’s nutrition director discussing this “new power nutrient,” “the next hot nutrition trend,” on the Today show. Prevention says that resistant starch not only increases “your body’s ability to burn fat, but it also fills you up and reduces overall hunger.”
And Gail dug up another, perhaps less neutral, source of scientific support for the Morning Banana Diet: those boffins at the “Dole Nutrition Institute” (is this like McDonald’s “Hamburger U”?). In a detailed Web page entitled “The Morning Banana Diet: Health Impact” the Dole researchers (or Dole’s ad agency’s copywriters — it’s not entirely clear) not only mention resistant starch, but the contribution of nutrients from bananas to satiety and fat burning.
Convinced? I don’t really know what to make of all this. It seems like scientific overkill for such a simple diet.