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dear joan,
Can you please settle a nutrition dispute that we're having at our workplace? When a banana is ripe and it has those small brown specks on the peel, does that mean that it has more "natural" sugar or adverse sugar?
--banana brawl


dear banana brawl,

As bananas and other fruits ripen, Mother Nature converts the carbohydrate in the fruit from a not-so-sweet tasting starch into sugar. When you see those little brown spots on the peel, that's when the banana will be the sweetest.

To settle the office dispute, all the sweetness in the banana is from natural sugar. So peel to your heart's content.

Joan

Last reviewed: July, 2005