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.

 

 

Health Benefits

 

  • 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

  Amt. Per
Serving
% Daily
Value*
Calories 89
Calories from Fat 3
Total Fat 0 g 1%
Saturated Fat 0 g 1%
Trans Fat
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 1 mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 23 g 8%
Dietary Fibre 3 g 10%
Sugar 12 g
Protein 1 g
Vitamin A 1% Vitamin C 15%
Calcium 1% Iron 1%

*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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