Fruit is typically recommended on most diets as an alternative for sweet snacks, but did you know not all fruit is syn free on the slimming world plan?
Bananas, in particular, are syn free on the slimming world but do have syns once mashed, after mashing you’ll find that you need to syn them at; 4 syns for a small banana, 5 syns for a medium banana and 5.5 syns for a large banana mashed.
To find out more about why mashed bananas have syns on slimming world, some syn values of different banana foods, which fruits are syn free and how to use bananas in SW recipes we’ve put together a guide with everything you need to know below.
Since bananas as a whole fruit are syn free on the slimming world, you might be confused to find out that mashed bananas have syns, this is because SW argues they are easier to overeat once mashed than when they are in their whole form.
We would also recommend eating bananas in moderation since they are high in sugar, with a medium banana having up to 14g of sugar, although this is naturally sourced, moderation is key.
To help you understand which kinds of bananas do and do not have syns, we’ve listed some related products containing bananas along with their syn values below.
The majority of fruits are syn free on the slimming world, with only some having syns or syns when dried/mashed, you’ll also find that some fruit is classed as speed fruit which can help to speed up weight loss.
We’ve listed which ones have syns and are syn free down below to help you stay on track.
If you’ve got some ripe bananas lying around and don’t want to put them to waste, there are plenty of low syn SW recipes to make with them, we’ve listed two favourites down below, one for banana bread and the other for a muffin!
This slimming world banana bread has 7 syns a serving or one healthy extra B and 1.5 syns for fibre, the whole bread makes 3 mini loaves.
This banana muffin recipe has just 3 syns a muffin and makes nine from the recipe.
Overall, banana is a syn free fruit on the slimming world, but only when eaten as a whole fruit, once mashed the banana will have syns according to size, for example, a small banana will have around 4 syns.
To save syn we recommend having sliced bananas only or switching to a syn free fruit, saying that you can still make some excellent low syn recipes out of bananas following our recipes above!