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What Are Health Benefits Of Bananas?

Updated on June 6, 2021
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Hi, I'm Sam, I enjoy writing about nutrition and health-related topics, especially alternative and plant-based remedies.

As exercise enthousiast, bananas have been a major part of my diet. My mother ingrained in me a desire and preference for this fruit. I never knew exactly why this fruit was so popular among competitors until I decided to research their benefits for myself.

What I found has solidified my faith in the numerous health benefits of bananas. Not to mention that they taste sweet and are easily portable, bananas are the zenith among fruits for assisting with athletic performance as well as everyday activities and vibrancy.

It is no wonder why starting your day with a banana encourages a happier and healthier lifestyle, as bananas are directly responsible for improved mood as well. I encourage you to become a fan of the banana and experience these benefits for yourself.

How Many Calories Are In A Banana?

Bananas are a compact and portable fruit. They provide a powerful punch of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals whether on-the-go, or as part of a sit down meal. Anytime is a good time for a banana. How many calories are in a banana? 1 medium banana around 7 inches long ranges around 105 calories. This fruit can easily satiate your sweet tooth without the unnecessary weight gain.

On a diet? Grab a bananato satisfy your temptations. The natural sugars range low on the glycemic index, meaning that the body will release the sugars slowly over time, and not affect your internal system aversely like artificial sweeteners and other processed sugars. This slow release of energy makes bananas an ideal source for sustained energy over time. They fuel your body throughout the day, curbing cravings, and supporting proper weight management.

Banana Nutrition, More Than Just Another Energyboost?

Along with aiding in weight management, bananas also can assist with mental stabilization because they contain tryptophan acid. Tryptophan acid has been proven to help reduce stress, boost your mood, and manage depression. In addition to being a prime source of vitamin A and beta-carotene (which supports eye health), they also provide 20% of your daily recommended amount of Vitamin B6 (which aids in the growth of new cells), and 15% of your daily recommended amount of vitamin C (which boost your immune system).

Benefits Of Bananas For Atheletes?

My endurance relies most heavily on bananas due to their manganese content. Manganese is a mineral that jumpstarts the metabolism, encourages wound healing, and aids in recovery from soreness. The Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University has proven bananas to be one of the best sources of manganese. It’s no wonder why coaches and athletic trainers across the country advocate for their consumption. Working the body takes a toll on the muscles, and bananas provide the exact necessary minerals that facilitate proper recovery.

Health Benefits Of Bananas Are Numerous

The nutritional benefits of bananas are extensive. As you feed your body properly, with natural foods, your whole system begins to function to best serve you. You will find that super foods, like the banana, pack a powerful punch of essential vitamins and minerals that are integral to a proper diet and longevity.

Next time you need a snack, reach for a banana. Your body will thank you. Please consider fairtrade and consider the origins of your product. The people cultivating this fruit deserve this much.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2016 Sam Shepards


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