Is banana a "no-no" for people with kidney problem?

October 14, 2008 1:32am CST
Is it true that if you are suffering from a kidney problem, you must not eat too much banana? Why? What about with diabetics, is banana good or also a "no-no?" Thanks for the information...
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@g3n3j0rd (721)
• Philippines
14 Oct 08
Hi RogerCarrie, It is a common belief that a diabetic should not eat banana because it contains sugar, but one does not hesitate to take a plateful of cooked rice because it is not sweet. If one compares the calorific value of banana and rice then only he understands that 4 oz. of rice gives 400 calories whereas the same quantity of bananas, mangoes, apples or oranges liberate only about 80 calories. A diabetic person who is not taking insulin is allowed to consume only about 1550 calories a day. One who is not passing sugar in the urine and he is taking regular treatment by a physician can go up to 2100 calories a day. However, it is therefore, taking a medium sized banana with restriction of other starches does no harm to a diabetic and it is noted that banana appears to be well tolerated by diabetics. It should be remembered that a diabetic is a physician for his own health and must learn what to eat, how much and when. Banana can safely be taken by an obese person instead of sweet and carbohydrates. Taking the diabetic diet also helps the reduction of weight. Cheers!