There is a reason why Bananas are one of the most popular fruits globally. Not only are they delicious, but they’ve also been linked to lowering blood pressure, reducing the risk of cancer and diabetes as well as helping with digestive problems.
Still not convinced? Well here are a few reasons why you should consider adding bananas to your daily diet.
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Nutritional Facts about the Banana
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One banana has around 105 calories and contains more or less exclusively water and carbs (24 grams). It also holds a very tiny amount of protein (1.3 grams) and almost no fat (0.4 grams). Not to mention it has a decent amount of fiber (3.1 grams) as well as numerous antioxidants; Potassium, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Magnesium, Manganese, and Copper
Bananas help reduce the risk of Asthma
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According to the Imperial College of London, children who eat at least one banana a day reduce their risk of developing asthma by a whopping 34%.
A Better Digestive System
One banana contains around 10% of the required daily intake. Fiber is important because, in order to keep your bowels healthy, you need to consume around 14 grams of fiber for every 1,000 calories you consume.
One form of dietary fiber a banana is rich in is called resistant starch. The reason why that’s important is that for your gut to remain healthy, it needs something called short-chain fatty acid, and guess what increases the production of said acid; that’s right, resistant starch.
A Healthier Heart
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As mentioned above, Banana’s contains potassium, 358 mg to be more precise, that’s around 9% of the recommended daily intake. For those of you who don’t know, potassium is a mineral electrolyte required by the body to keep your heart beating.
Because bananas contain high potassium and low sodium, they can help protect your cardiovascular systems against high blood pressure. In fact, studies have shown that people who consume around 4069 mg of potassium per day have a 49% lower risk of heart disease compared to those who consume around 1000 mg per day.
A good choice to combat Anemia
Because Bananas contain a high amount of iron (260mcg), they’re a smart choice of fruit for those who suffer from anemia.
Anemia, for those who don’t know, is a condition in which there is a deficiency of healthy red blood cells or hemoglobin. Symptoms include fatigue, paleness, and shortness of breath.
This makes bananas, a fruit that contains a lot of valuable nutrients and iron, a good choice of fruit to include in your diet.
The Ideal Food for Exercise
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Planning on going to the gym? How about some endurance based exercise? If so, consider adding bananas to your diet, because according to PLOS One, a banana is not only as effective as a sports drinks but because it contains a healthy amount of easily digestible carbs and potassium.
Because carbohydrates are used to fuel the body and you lose potassium through heavy sweating it’s no wonder Bananas are the go-to fruit for a lot of athletes