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Do bananas have fiber?

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A banana contains up to 3.1 grams of insoluble fiber. "Insoluble" means the body does not absorb the fiber, but it adds bulk to the digestive tract.

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Green bananas contain more fiber than riper fruits because the pulp has not yet been broken down into simple sugars. Before a banana has ripened, its fiber is a resistant starch that remains in the colon and is not dissolved by the small intestines. This gives a person the feeling of fullness, decreases the appetite and could help with weight loss efforts.

A banana contains about 14 grams of sugar and 1.3 grams of protein. One banana also provides 25 percent of the daily recommended value for vitamin B6.

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