The banana. Tasty and healthy according to many. They taste sweet and contain various vitamins, fibers and minerals. But … are those bananas really that healthy?

Over the past year, we have been able to help many people by maintaining their glucose levels stable. A lot of data is available, due to the fact that participants have recorded their meals and blood glucose on a daily basis. This allows us to test the knowledge of science against our own data, in order to advise our participants even better in the future. In this blog, we’ll give you an insight into the average response to a banana, what it means, and a preview of our latest feature to see at a glance whether a meal is good or not so good for you.

Our blood glucose after eating a banana

One thing has become very clear from our data: Clear participants love bananas! We have anonymously analyzed hundreds of individual responses to a banana. The graph below shows the average difference in blood sugar in the 30 minutes before intake, up to 2 hours after eating a banana. This average response to a banana is considered a good response.

Difference in response

Does this mean that everyone reacts that way to a banana? Not really. We see that there are generally 3 different reactions to a banana among the participants. In the graph below you see a group that does peak (gray), peaks a little (orange) or hardly (black) peaks on a banana. The group that hardly peaks on a banana also experiences a drop in glucose. A drop in glucose can lead to a new feeling of hunger and an energy dip.

The Clear Food Score; good or bad at a glance

Such a curve can be quite difficult to understand. In order to better interpret such a glucose curve, we have developed the Clear Food Score. You will soon be able to use this Food Score in our mobile app. With this you can see at a glance whether a meal is good, or less good for you.

Example of a good food score:

Example of a bad food score:

To make this possible, we analyze the glucose pattern in the two hours after eating a meal. We look specifically at the increase in glucose levels compared to the time of intake. Both a peak and a longer period of higher glucose levels after eating a meal are undesirable. Clear translates this blood glucose value into a “score”. This score falls between 0 (bad) and 100 (good). This means that the higher the blood glucose value, the lower your number in the Clear Food Score. For example if your banana curve gives a score of 70 or higher, then a banana is healthy for you. But do you receive a score of 21? Then we will give you tips to adjust this meal.

It is certainly not the case that the people who do not peak on a banana do not peak on anything else. It is also not the case that people who do peak on a banana always have a higher glucose result than those who do not peak on a banana. We’ll cover this in the next post.

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Healthy greetings, Team Clear