benefits of bananas

Bananas are one of the world’s most well known and loved fruits, and with good reason.

They’re delicious, they’re convenient, they go well with a variety of foods and they’re very, very healthy.

Bananas contain a whole bunch of essential nutrients and can aid you with anything from digestion to heart health, making them convenient in more ways than one.

Do you want to find out what makes bananas so nutritious?

Keep reading to find out!

Bananas Can Help Improve Your Digestive Health

Bananas are a really good source of fiber and resistant starch, two crucial substances that maintain the beneficial gut found in your intestines.

This can help regulate your digestive tract health and even improve it, if you have certain gut flora related issues.

Not only that, but the fiber found in bananas can help prevent, and even solve, moderate cases of constipation.

Recent studies have also suggested that the pectin found in bananas can help prevent certain forms of cancer, like colon and stomach.

Bananas Are Packed With Goodies!

While it might not seem so at first sight, bananas are amongst the healthiest fruits out there because they’re packed with vitamins and nutrients.

Potassium, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Magnesium, Copper, Manganese, Fiber, Dopamine,  and even Protein. Banana really seems to have it all.

These powerful vitamins and antioxidants aren’t just for show either:

  • The potassium and magnesium found in bananas are crucial for heart health, as both of these minerals help regulate your blood pressure and can even improve it. In fact, people with potassium-rich diets can have up to 27% less risks of heart disease, making bananas a definite winner.
  • The dopamine and catechins found in bananas are powerful antioxidants that help prevent cell degeneration. This, in turn, can help prevent free radicals which are linked to various cancers.
  • Another key benefit of potassium is the fact that it aids in kidney function, with people who eat bananas 4-6 times a week being almost half as likely to develop kidney issues, compared to those who don’t eat this delicious fruit.
  • The fibers found in bananas (pectin and resistant starch) can help you regulate blood sugar levels, particularly after meals. They’re not the lowest in the glycemic index, but they’re not known for causing major spikes in sugar. 

Bananas Can Improve Your Workout!

Few people love bananas as much as athletes and people who are dedicated to fitness. This is thanks to the convenience of this delicious fruit, as well as the large quantiles of mineral and vitamins it packs.

That said, there’s another good reason why bananas are so popular in the fitness circle and that’s because it can help relieve and even prevent muscle cramps and post-workout soreness.

Bananas are also very filling and a healthy and reliable source of carbs, making them a great pre and post workout snack!

Bananas Are Convenient

We’ve dropped the word “convenient” several times in this article so it’s time for us to explain ourselves.

Bananas are not only convenient in the sense that its peel protects them from being banged around and makes them easy to carry. The peel also protects them from pesticides and other pollutants.

The ease of transport means that even people with hectic schedules can carry this delicious fruit around, and the popularity of this fruit makes it relatively easy to find, making bananas one of the easiest foods to include in your diet.

If that weren’t all, bananas can be used in a variety of ways: Sliced into your cereal, chopped into your yogurt, blended into your smoothie, frozen into a delicious lollipop or frozen and grinded into a healthy, world-class ice cream.

There are many more ways people can enjoy bananas and all their health benefits, so next time you’re at a supermarket make sure to grab a bunch.

They’re affordable, they’re convenient and, as this list has just shown you, they’re very good for you.

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Emma Claire

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I’m Emma, founder of Cook Novel and I’m absolutely in love with food blog. I’d like to share the interesting recipes, food tips and top lists of kitchen gadgets. I’m a foodie at heart but being the mother of 3 kids, it’s not always easy to keep up with fancy dinners… so I rely on the support of other blogging moms like me to help along the way.

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1 COMMENT

  1. Green bananas are the best source of resistant starch. As bananas ripen, the starch turns into sugar. The yellow banana with brown spots that you showed in the picture would have very little resistant starch and a LOT of sugar. In contrast, a medium sized yellow banana with green on the ends would have 7 or 8 grams of resistant starch in it. They would give very different results on a glycemic response test.

    In December of 2016, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration approved a qualified health claim that limited evidence demonstrates that resistant starch improves insulin sensitivity and helps to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. This is a very BIG deal and the strongest evidence of any nutritional on maintaining blood sugar health.

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