Bananas are sweet fruits which give instant energy and are available all year round. They have made it to a list of super foods in many health magazines so make sure you get your banana intake. Here are some of the benefits of bananas.
A first type of cardiovascular benefit from bananas is related to their potassium content. Bananas are a good source of potassium, an essential mineral for maintaining normal blood pressure and heart function.
- Good for digestion
Fiber is a nutrient which helps in passing foods along the body and regulate digestion. One banana has 3gm of fiber which means a few bananas a day can really fix an upset stomach.
- Powerful anti-antioxidants
Bananas contain beta-carotene and vitamins A, C and E, lutein, and selenium. The riper the banana, the higher the antioxidants – so don’t throw them out when they start to turn brown.
- Loads of energy
A 2012 study of distance cyclists found that eating the equivalent of about one half a banana every 15 minutes of a three-hour race was just as good at keeping energy levels steady as drinking an equivalent amount of carbohydrate and minerals from a processed sports beverage.
- Source of calcium
Bananas are very useful for prevention of muscle cramps. They help your body to absorb calcium and other vital nutrients that promote healthy bones.
You can do so much with a banana. Peel it, cut it and add it to anything from yogurt to French toast to cereal. Bananas are so versatile they taste amazing on their own as well can be used in delicious desserts.