Bananas are extremely healthy and delicious.
They contain several essential nutrients and provide benefits for digestion, heart health, and weight loss.
Aside from being very nutritious, they are also highly convenient snack food.
Other than being rich in vitamin B6, bananas are a good source of vitamin C, dietary fiber and manganese. Bananas are also fat-free, cholesterol-free and virtually sodium-free.
so, here are some science-based benefits of eating bananas:
1. Bananas Contain Many Important Nutrients
Bananas contain a fair amount of fiber, as well as several antioxidants. One medium-sized banana (118 grams) also boasts
- Potassium: 9% of the RDI
- Vitamin B6: 33% of the RDI
- Vitamin C: 11% of the RDI
- Magnesium: 8% of the RDI
- Copper: 10% of the RDI
- Manganese: 14% of the RDI
- Net carbs: 24 grams
- Fiber: 3.1 grams
- Protein: 1.3 grams
- Fat: 0.4 grams
Each banana has only about 105 calories and consists almost exclusively of water and carbs. Bananas hold very little protein and almost no fat.
The carbs in green, unripe bananas consist mostly of starch and resistant starch, but as the banana ripens, the starch turns into sugar (glucose, fructose, and sucrose).
2.May Improve Digestive Health
Dietary fiber has been linked to many health benefits, including improved digestion.
A medium-sized banana has about 3 grams of fiber, making bananas a fairly good fiber source.
Bananas contain two main types of fiber:
- Pectin: Decreases as the banana ripens.
- Resistant starch: Found in unripe bananas.
Resistant starch escapes digestion and ends up in your large intestine, where it becomes food for the beneficial bacteria in your gut
3. Gives you energy
Bananas contain three natural sugars – sucrose, fructose, and glucose – giving you a fat and cholesterol-free source of energy.
As such, bananas are ideal, especially for children and athletes, for breakfast, as a midday snack or before and after sports.
4. They are good for your skin
One medium-sized banana provides approximately 13% of your daily manganese needs.
Manganese helps your body make collagen and protects your skin and other cells against free radical damage.
5 May Aid Weight Loss
However, they do have several attributes that should make them a weight-loss-friendly-food.
For starters, they have relatively few calories. An average banana has just over 100 calories — yet it is also very nutritious and filling.
Eating more fiber from vegetables and fruits like bananas have repeatedly been linked to lower body weight and weight loss
6.Bananas Good for the Heart
Potassium is a mineral that is essential for heart health — especially blood pressure control.
Despite its importance, few people get enough potassium in their diet
They are a great dietary source of potassium. One medium-sized banana (118 grams) contains 9% of the RDI.
A potassium-rich diet can help lower blood pressure, and people who eat plenty of potassium have up to a 27% lower risk of heart disease
Furthermore, they contain a decent amount of magnesium, which is also important for heart health.
7. Bananas Contain Powerful Antioxidants
Fruits and vegetables are excellent sources of dietary antioxidants, and they are no exception.
They contain several types of potent antioxidants.
These antioxidants are linked to many health benefits, such as a reduced risk of heart disease and degenerative illnesses
8.Improve Kidney Health
Potassium is essential for blood pressure control and healthy kidney function.
As a good dietary source of it, they may be especially beneficial for maintaining
Eating a banana several times a week may reduce your risk of kidney disease by up to 50%.
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