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Benefits of Bananas to Us

Updated on February 16, 2013

Bananas are the bomb! We always have bananas at home. It’s the first thing I eat in the morning.

Bananas are very common here in Asia. It’s an affordable fruit that should be present in every home. Bananas don’t go on trees, like many of us would think. They spring from gigantic herbs, which most of us refer to as banana “trees”.

Bananas have many variations; and many uses. There are spotted bananas; bananas for cooking; and bananas you can readily eat. Bananas are also used in making beers, wines and vinegar in some countries.

Health benefits of bananas

Bananas are highly nutritious fruits; very tasty, especially when ripe; and they’re ready to eat even without washing.

Bananas are great snacks. They are filled with energy building nutrients. The potassium and sugar in bananas boosts up one’s energy level. Notice how athletes have bananas on them, too during a match or a game?

If you’re into weight loss and weight maintenance, bananas are good for you too. They are low in calories (just over a hundred) and provide great support to your metabolism and digestive health. It has no fat and no cholesterol content.

The benefits of bananas also include relaxation. It helps reduce depression with its tryptophan content. This amino acid is converted by the body into serotonin which helps us eases tension or stress.

Bananas are also nature’s very own antacid. Hyper-acidic people (like myself) benefits a lot from this fruit. It helps reduce acidity and gastric irritation.

Spring-rolled bananas or turon! Ahh... what a delight!
Spring-rolled bananas or turon! Ahh... what a delight!

Nutritional benefits of bananas

The nutritional profile of bananas include:

  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin C

Vitamin C is an anti-oxidant with helps strengthen our immune system. The benefits of this vitamin is appreciated during flus, colds and fever.

  • Potassium

The benefits of potassium for the body include cardio-vascular health. It helps regulate high blood pressure and decreases the risk of heart ailments such as stroke or heart attacks.

  • Manganese
  • Fiber

Ripe bananas help move bowels. This is good for the constipated. Unripe bananas on the other hand, are good for those suffering from diarrhea. Bananas help restore the lost electrolytes in the body through its potassium content.

  • Iron

Iron improves the hemoglobin count of our blood. It’s good for the anemic. Iron pumps up our energy level as well. If you’re feeling weak and sluggish, grab a banana and you’ll instantly feel better.

  • Sugar

Bananas contain fructan sugar called fructooligosaccharide. These elements helps with our digestive help by increase the good bacteria in our colons. These probiotics helps us in absorbing calcium which strengthens the density of our bones.

Get the benefits of bananas by adding them regularly in your diets. Whether their plantains, saba, burro, red bananas or yellow bananas, they will give you physical, emotional as well as mental satisfaction.

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    • beingwell profile image

      beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok

      Thanks peggy! I always have bananas at home. I eat them in the morning to soothe my acidic tummy.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Another up and useful vote. We grow banana trees in our backyard. We have yet to have some bananas from them but my mother once had a stalk of many finger sized delicious bananas from a banana tree in her backyard. They were really good! Bananas are a healthful food and good that they are inexpensive.

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      beingwell 5 years ago from Bangkok

      Thanks shruti! It's one of my favorite fruits, actually. :)

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      shruti sheshadri 5 years ago from Bangalore, India

      A great hub, bananas are tasty and delicious... voted up!

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      beingwell 5 years ago from Bangkok

      The nutrition diminishes; but they remain healthy and fibrous.

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      beingwell 5 years ago from Bangkok

      Ohh.. bananas for leg cramps. That's something new to me.

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      beingwell 5 years ago from Bangkok

      I do love bananas! Yummy and delicious.

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      Urmila 5 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

      Yes, everyone loves bananas. My friend eats banana when she gets leg cramps. Very useful hub. Voted up!

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      dinkan53 5 years ago from India

      Sandwich with peanut butter and banana, my favorite food in childhood days. There is a misbelief that bananas are sweet and contains cholesterol! But the truth is , as you said, they contain very little fat and no cholesterol. Thanks for sharing the health benefits of banana. Rated up and useful.