Banana Nutrition Facts And Health Benefits


A banana sitting on top of a table

Introduction-

A close up of a banana

A banana is a sweet tropical fruit that belongs to the genus Musa. Horticulturalists have categorized the different types of bananas by how they’re eaten. We all know that some people love to eat them raw while others prefer them cooked. Bananas have a reputation for being high in carbohydrates and to a certain extent, they deserve it.

Origin-

A bunch of bananas hanging on a wall

The fruit is grown in most of the warmer climate countries like India, Pakistan, Brazilian, the Philippines, and African countries like Kenya, Uganda, and Nigeria. Bananas are available all year round but they are at their best just before they ripen. They ripen on trees so there’s no need to worry about what’s happening around them when they’re being stored.

Banana Nutrition Facts- 

Every 100 grams of bananas contain the following nutrients: 

  • Calories – 89 
  • Iron – 0.7mg 
  • Potassium – 450 mg   
  • Carbohydrates – 23g 
  • Sugars – 14g 
  • Dietary fiber – 3g 
  • Protein – 1g 
  • Vitamin C – 8% 
  • Calcium – 1% 
  • Fat – 0.4g 
  • Magnesium – 10% 

The nutritional value of bananas varies slightly by variety, with the Cavendish banana being the most widely consumed. It is a good source of vitamin B6 and biotin and contains moderate amounts of magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, and zinc. Bananas also contain small amounts of vitamins E, K, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, and folate. People love to eat bananas because they are juicy and sweet which makes it very delicious food for those who like fresh fruits. 

Benefits of Banana-

  • Bananas are rich in Potassium, vitamins A and C, fiber, among other nutrients.
  • Eating 1 banana per day is associated with lower blood pressure levels.
  • Bananas can be used as a natural sweetener.
  • Bananas can help regulate the digestive system, soothe allergies and colds, ease acid reflux and ulcers, and help maintain a healthy weight because they are high in fiber which helps to slow the release of sugars into the bloodstream making us feel full for longer periods.
  • Bananas promote healthy hair growth because they contain the important nutrient of vitamin B6 which promotes bodily cell production including cells in the hair.
  • Bananas are a great source of potassium, which helps maintain healthy blood pressure levels.
  • The high fiber content of bananas makes them helpful in maintaining bowel regularity and can aid in reducing hemorrhoids. When mixed with yogurt or applesauce, bananas become more easily digested, making them useful for gastritis, ulcers, colitis, and diarrhea.
  • Due to their ability to reduce inflammation in the body by promoting circulation, they are useful in healing wounds, preventing infections and rheumatism; they also reduce joint pain caused by lumbago and arthritis because of their antioxidant properties that combat free radicals.
  • Bananas help improve digestion because of their high fiber content (3 grams of fiber per banana) and also because they contain pectin, a soluble fiber that reduces the absorption of cholesterol in the stomach.
  • Bananas can help control blood sugar levels which is especially helpful for people who have diabetes or hypoglycemia.

Conclusion-

In summary, bananas are rich in Potassium, vitamins A and C, fiber, among other nutrients. Eating 1 banana per day is associated with lower blood pressure levels. Bananas can be used as a natural sweetener. Bananas can help regulate the digestive system, soothe allergies and colds, ease acid reflux and ulcers, and help maintain a healthy weight because they are high in fiber which helps to slow the release of sugars into the bloodstream making us feel full for longer periods. Bananas promote healthy hair growth because they contain the important nutrient of vitamin B6 which promotes bodily cell production including cells in the hair. The high fiber content of bananas makes them helpful in maintaining bowel regularity and can aid in reducing hemorrhoids.

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