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Do you prefer your bananas still slightly green, brown and squishy, or in between?
You might think there's only one right answer, but now an online debate about the perfect level of banana ripeness proves there are a lot of different opinions about the best time to eat the yellow tropical fruit.
A new snap that has gone viral on Instagram shared by the account fitness meals, which has 2.3 million followers, shows a bunch of bananas all at different levels of ripeness.
They are all labeled from numbers one through 15, with one being the most under-ripe, to 15 being the most over-ripe.
The image, which has more than 4,700 likes, asks you to pick your 'perfect' banana from the bunch - and fruit fans have wildly different stances on which number they would grab to go.
The majority of banana fans said they would pick numbers 8 through 10 from the bunch. These fruit had no green underripe parts, with number 10 having a few brown speckles on the skin also.
Some opted for a more under-ripe 6 or 7 banana, while some said they would pick a very brown and speckled 11.
However a few said they liked a number 2 banana, aka one that is very under-ripe and is greenish-yellow in color.
Harley Street nutritionist Rhiannon Lambert reveals that bananas are an excellent source of potassium and other nutrients no matter how ripe they are.
However she says that if you are diabetic or have trouble digesting the fruit, it may be beneficial to eat a banana at a specific level of ripeness.
She said: 'Bananas are a fruit that may be limited in a diet prescribed to those who suffer with diabetes due to the high content of free sugars, however, that is at the discretion of the health professional.
'Research suggests that in under-ripe bananas, starch constitutes 80-90 percent of the carbohydrate content, which, as the banana ripens, changes into free sugars. Therefore, people who suffer with diabetes are advised to eat bananas that are not overly ripe as not to spike their blood sugar too much.'
However she says for the average person, a more ripe banana may be easier to digest.
Rhiannon explained: 'When the resistant starch changes to simple sugar, a banana ripens, and studies have suggested that more ripe (yellow) bananas are easier to digest for the average person.
'The higher glycemic index of ripe bananas shows that they are digested more quickly. Think of a tennis player snacking on a banana for a burst of energy.