Health Benefits of Eating Bananas

Bananas For You

Bananas, they’re the world’s most popular fruit, with an estimated annual crop exceeding 100 million tonnes. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Julia Roberts are just two in a long list of celebrities, who adore bananas and regularly enjoy the health giving properties they have to offer. Eating two of them provides enough energy for a 90 minute workout in the gym, and it’s reckoned that more than 35,000 of them are consumed every year by players and officials during ‘Wimbledon fortnight. Alexander the Great is credited with having introduced the banana to the western world and until recently there was a misconception that bananas were fattening. However, with an average specimen (4 - 6 ounces) containing just 140 calories, a host of vitamins and minerals, 4.0 grams of fibre and a mere 36 grams of carbohydrate, the banana is now considered to be one of the healthiest, readily available fruits. They’re virtually fat-free and are regarded as the perfect fruit for those wishing to maintain a healthy lifestyle, or for those trying to shed a few pounds.

bananas and potassium
bananas and potassium

But did you know that eating the humble banana can also help to reduce your blood pressure, aid your fight against depression, assist you to quit smoking and even cure your hangover?As well as being a good source of iron (which aids in the production of haemoglobin),

an average banana contains 602 milligrams of potassium and only 2 milligrams of sodium (salt). Having too much salt in your diet has been linked to high blood pressure, which in turn can increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes. The almost salt-free banana is the ideal food to combat high blood pressure. In fact the US Food and Drug Administration has recently permitted the banana industry to make official claims, mentioning the banana’s ability to lessen the risk of high blood pressure and strokes.

Your Potassium's Worth

Potassium is an essential mineral, vital in maintaining proper health. It not only aids muscle growth and nerve cell function, but also helps maintain a regular heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates the body’s water balance. When you’re stressed, due to a rise in your metabolic rate the potassium level in your body decreases. Eating a potassium-packed banana restores your body’s natural balance and regular consumption of the fruit has proved to be effective in overcoming stress.

Also, eating bananas can be beneficial for women who are pregnant, or who suffer from Premenstrual Tension. Low and fluctuating blood sugar levels are recognised as being contributing factors in both of these ailments. Bananas are rich in vitamin B6, which helps to regulate blood glucose levels. Snacking on bananas will keep your blood sugar level high, thus helping you to avoid ‘morning sickness’ and mood swings.

Persons suffering from mental health disorders such as depression or Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), can benefit from eating bananas too. Bananas contain tryptophan, a protein that the body converts into serotonin. Serotonin is a natural mood enhancer that has been proven to induce a feeling of well being.

Bananas And Ulcers

Those trying to stop smoking may be surprised to discover that eating bananas can ease the anguish of starting a nicotine-free life. Bananas contain vitamins C, A1, B6 and B12, as well as magnesium and potassium, all proven to be extremely successful in aiding the body to recover from the side effects of nicotine withdrawal.

Students studying for exams may find that eating bananas will help improve those all important grades. Research carried out at a school in England showed that eating potassium-rich food such as bananas, can assist learning by increasing students concentration and alertness.

In addition, people suffering from ulcers or intestinal disorders may find that eating bananas can ease their discomfort. Bananas are known to neutralise acidity and their soft texture protects the lining of the stomach, reducing irritation. Indeed, bananas are the only raw fruit that can be eaten without causing distress to chronic ulcers.

Finally, if you’re prone to having an aching head following a night on the town, bananas could be the answer to your prayers. A milkshake of banana and honey is one of the best cures for a hangover. The soothing effect of the banana helps to settle the stomach, the honey helps to replace depleted blood sugar levels, whilst the milk re-hydrates your body.

 But remember you don’t need to be ill to enjoy the smooth texture and unique flavor that a banana has to offer. They’re the ideal fruit for picnics or children’s lunchboxes and are delicious when sliced, then added to your bowl of breakfast cereal. However, they are perhaps best served with warm chocolate sauce and lashings of freshly whipped cream!

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afriqnet 4 years ago from Nairobi Kenya

Very informative article. I was surprised to learn that banana can help ease the anguish of quitting smoking. Thanks


wwolfs 4 years ago

Nice hub. Interesting information on bananas. A great snack with many health benefits. Some I didn't know about. Thank you for sharing.

Voted up and useful!


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adrienne2 5 years ago from Atlanta Author

Thanks Thelma!


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Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

Great information. I love eating bananas. Thanks for sharing.


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marimccants 5 years ago

Great information.


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adrienne2 5 years ago from Atlanta Author

Hi Cheneats, That's interesting you trie eating banana peels. I have never heard of eating the peels, I really didn't think any nutrition was in the peel. Thanks for sharing!


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cheneats 5 years ago from Sunshine State

Thank you adrienne2 for the information. This year I try eating banana peels in smoothies. And believe it or not, I can't taste any unpleasant flavor at all. Check my hub at http://hubpages.com/food/I-Eat-Banana-Peels


kojo 5 years ago

I am a crusader of bannana eating. I always eat them during my lunch break instead of hooking on to those junk foods at the returants. I enjoy eating bannanas with peanuts/groundnuts and am introducing my kids into enjoying eating them as well. Am yet to be warned of eating too much of them,then I can stop eating them. We need to form an Association of Bannana Eaters(ABE).


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P.S. has any body seen the gainomax commercial about bananas? :)


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adrienne2 6 years ago from Atlanta Author

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Thank you all for commenting, I love my nanas! :)


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InfinityVal 6 years ago from NNY

Thanks for reminding me to eat bananas. Sometimes I crave one.


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Bluehoop 6 years ago

Some great information here, and good to know too! Having just eaten a banana (and 1 this morning!) I'm feeling instantly better!


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eventsyoudesign 6 years ago from Nashville, Tennessee

Good article. I will read more articles. I agree bananas are great for you. I love them with peanut butter too. Thanks for sharing.


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adrienne2 6 years ago from Atlanta Author

Yes banana are great for a number of health benefits. For me it is the potassium that they have in keeping my pressure under control.


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fucsia 6 years ago

Thanks for these informations... I did not know that banana is good for who want to stop smoking. Very interesting!


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Chantel C 6 years ago from Arizona

Nice article. I voided bananas in my diet for awhile because of the sugar content but every-once-in-awhile they just fill what seems to be missing. They are a great source of energy before a run :)


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HuffmanFamilyof4 6 years ago from Western Michigan

i can tell you that bananas do in fact lower your blood pressure as i eat plenty and it shows when i go to the doctors office to have mine checked


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st lucia for sale 6 years ago from St Lucia

Bananas are so good. I'm happy they're good for me!


sam 6 years ago

bananas rock my socks off..especially in peanut butter banana sandwhiches!!


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Gorgeously 6 years ago from United States

Thanks for the great info


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adrienne2 6 years ago from Atlanta Author

Hi Goji, I love bananas with peanut butter as well I agree with you there.


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GojiJuiceGoodness 6 years ago from Roanoke, Virginia

Good hub. I love bananas so it's good to know they are healthy! I think the best way to eat them is with peanut butter.


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adrienne2 6 years ago from Atlanta Author

Hi Sandy! Thanks for commenting.


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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

Thanks for the information.

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