Whoa, slow down there, cowboy...
I personally don't have a vendetta against bananas! I was simply reminiscing how, for the past 11 years, every three months or so "PB/Bananas/Protein Bars - Friend or Foe?" would be discussed ad nauseum on the guestbook!
BUT since you brought it up - I do agree with you that bananas are a good food with many redeeming qualities. No one disputes this! They are a portable, pre-portioned choice packed with potassium, vitamin B6 and lots of carbs for energy. In terms of getting the best results on a challenge, however, bananas may not be the best choice near the end when one is leaning out. Basically I look at foods in terms of Good, Better, and Best. Are bananas BFL-approved? Absolutely, not going to argue with BP on that. But I have found through my own experience and designing meal plans for many clients that some food choices, including those that are BFL-approved, are better than others and at different stages in one's challenge.
For example: long grain brown rice > whole wheat tortilla > whole wheat bread
Are all three of those approved? Yup. Are all three equal nutritionally? Nope.
What a person uses in their program is a obviously a personal choice based on availability, preference, and a matter of goals. When I'm trying to get super-lean (or if designing a cutting menu for a client), bananas (and PB, while we're at it) are out. When I'm trying at add a bit of muscle, eating for maintenance, or upping my running mileage, bananas are in. Simple as that.
Trust me - it's nothing personal against the banana!!!
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