Bananas are fruits native to regions in South-East Asia and are a member of the Musaceae family of plants. Bananas are one of the most cultivated tropical fruits in the world and most popular foods in the world.
When ripe they have a yellow exterior sometimes with brown patches which covers the yellow sweet flesh which has a mushy texture.
- Contains good levels of Vitamin C and in particular the antioxidant, gallocatechin, which protects you against free radicals and fight infections. (1)
- A single banana contains 23 percent of your recommended daily intake of potassium, which is important for controlling your heart rate and blood pressure. (2)
- Contains antifungal, antibacterial and antibiotic properties and traditionally used to stimulate bowel movement. (3)
- Supplies vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) which provides around 25 percent of what is needed daily to help prevent anaemia, coronary artery disease and metabolise fats. (4)
- Plentiful in fibre which helps to lower cholesterol levels in the bloodstream. (5)
- Contains magnesium which helps strengthen your bones and protects your heart. (6) When magnesium combines with potassium it is a natural cure for a hangover as it replenishes depleted electrolytes. (7)
- Very low in sodium which helps to regulate blood pressure levels. (8)
|Banana Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 100 grams, raw
|Calories from Fat||3|
|Total Fat||0 g||1%|
|Saturated Fat||0 g||1%|
|Total Carbohydrates||23 g||8%|
|Dietary Fibre||3 g||10%|
|Vitamin A 1%||Vitamin C||15%|
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie intake.
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