FOOD FIGHT! Banana v. Twinkie

It was an interesting day at the gym today.  Not once, but TWICE a banana became a source of momentary drama. 

I know what you’re thinking….”Wow, this guy really leads an intriguing life.”  

Well if your here right now that means you’re either hard up for some entertainment or you know that I will deliver the goods….or perhaps you thought there would be real pics of Banana’s and Twinkies dueling to the death in Tijuana cage match.

Anywhoo…

SITUATION 1: SCENE: Your pal Chris snacking on a banana between clients in the employee break room.

Chris: “Nom, nom, nom.”

Enter: Another trainer:  See’s me eating banana, has a look on her face like I’m Hannibal Lecter enjoying a meal.

Other Trainer: “You shouldn’t be eating that.”

Chris: “nom, Why..nom..not?”

Other Trainer:  “Too much sugar in it.”

Silently I’m thinking to myself “She’s lucky I have a mouth full of banana right now.”

SITUATION 2: Talking with a husband/wife pair of clients just before training starts.  The benefits of eating a banana came up in regards to the nanner’s’ potassium count and easy digestibility.   Male client tells me a story about a Dr. that told him he might as well “eat a Twinkie considering how much sugar is in a Banana.”

A moment of sanity please.

A Doctor actually said this……I guarantee it wasn’t Dr. Zaius….

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or Doctor Who.Image

Come on,,,,it’s a FREAKING BANANA!  Unless you are eating King Kong sized portions of them, I highly doubt anyone got fat eating bananas.  If that were true, Uganda would have the highest obesity rates on the planet since the Ugandans eat 500lbs of bananas per person yearly.

So tonight I’ve decided to stage a food fight. 

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VS

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The Stats

Banana

Serving Size: 1 Medium (can be bought singular, usually part of a bunch)

118g (more than 3 times the size of 1 Twinkie)

Calories: 105

Calories from fat: 3

Saturated Fat: 0g

Total Fat: 0g

Cholesterol: 0mg

Sodium: 1mg

Carbohydrates: 27g

Dietary Fiber: 3g

Sugar: 14g

Protein: 1g

 Nutrient Profile

Vitamin A:  2%

Vitamin C: 17%

Calcium: 1%

Iron: 2%

 Good source of dietary fiber, Vitamin B6, C, Potassium and Manganse

http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/fruits-and-fruit-juices/1846/2

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Fun Facts:

Most bananas eaten in 1 minute: 7.5

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRur81Y6NXk

Best Archaeological  estimates place the domestication of bananas to 8,000 BCE in New Guinea.

Bananas are grown in 150 countries and there are believed to be 1000 different types.

The banana plant is not a tree, it is an herb.

 

Twinkies

Serving Size: 1 Twinkie cake (although they are often sold and consumed in pairs)

38.5g

Calories: 135

Calories from fat: 41

Saturated Fat: 2.5g

Total Fat: 4.5g

Cholesterol: 70mg

Sodium: 220mg

Carbohydrates: 27g

Dietary Fiber: 0g

Sugar: 18g

Protein: 1g

Nutrient Profile

Vitamin A: 0% 

Vitamin C: 0%  

Calcium: 0% 

Iron: 2%

37 separate ingredients go into creating a Franken-Twinkie. http://www.today.com/id/38872091/#.UnnBg3Copjs

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The Health Benefits of Twinkies

 

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Fun Facts:

The world record for eating Twinkies was 14 cakes in one minute.

http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/news/2012/1/kobayashi-bags-new-twinkie-eating-record-on-wendy-williams-show/

According to Hostess.com, Twinkies were in born in 1930.

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The Twinkie in the above photograph is 37 years old.   I know people that don’t look that good at 37!

 

Twinkies were discontinued in the USA in the same year that Marijuana started gaining legalization….conspiracy you say?

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Twinkies have an estimated shelf life of 25 days…..although I have my suspicions………

STOP THE BLOG….It turns out my suspicions were spot on!  The “New Twinkies” have indeed changed!

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 Twinkies were originally filled with BANANA CREAM.

http://science.howstuffworks.com/innovation/edible-innovations/twinkie2.htm

Fight Breakdown

Size: Although bananas are more three times the weight of a single Twinkie, they have less sugar and  slightly less calories.

Edge: Banana

Nutrients: The Twinkie does not have much to offer in terms of nutrients.  Banana’s on the other hand have an array of micro-nutrients including potassium and the amino acid Tryptophan…which together work as a natural depression medication.  

Edge: Banana

 

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Social Acceptance:  Ladies/Gentlemen: You never seem to know where to look when eating a banana.  Gentlemen: You won’t feel as bad if you get caught staring at a woman eating a Twinkie.

Edge: Twinkie.

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Not a single chapter on banana eating.

Endurance: On your kitchen counter, a banana will last about 2-7 days before it becomes inedible.  A Twinkie will remain edible for a month and half (Officially), possibly longer

Edge: Twinkie?

Availability:  Banana’s are available in nearly every country in the world in many varieties.  Twinkies is Twinkies.

Edge: Banana.

 

                                                                                  WINNER: BANANA!

 

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Coming Soon: Chris takes on the  “Fruit makes you fat” debate!  

 

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