By Randy Fritz
Bananas are healthy for you and that’s a good thing since they are the most popular fruit in North America. Everyone loves bananas. There are more songs, jokes and and silliness with this food than with any other plant on earth. Bananas are powerfoods!
5 Health Benefits of Bananas:
- Normalized Blood Pressure and Heart Function:
1 cup of bananas has a whopping 800 mg of potassium. Most Americans have an imbalanced sodium/potassium balance which is correlated with hypertension, heart disease and diabetes. This is also critical for nerve impulse transmission and muscle contraction.
- Improved Elimination:
Bananas contain significant amounts of pectin, a soluble fiber.
- Low Glycemic Level:
Although bananas have a lot of sugars, these digest relatively slowly with a glycemic index of 30 for unripe bananas and 60 for ripe. This means you get energy without the rapid blood sugar yo-yo.
- Improved Calcium Absorption:
Bananas are high in fructooligosaccharide, a probiotic that encourages growth of friendly bacteria. These friendly bacteria promote proper digestion, including calcium and other minerals. They also reduce the risk of colon cancer.
Bananas are naturally an antacid. Eating a banana helps with heartburn.
- The banana is the largest herb on earth. What looks like a banana tree is not a tree but a herbaceous plant that grows up to 40 feet tall.
- All bananas are slightly radioactive. Along with their high potassium content come small amounts of the isotope potassium-40, found in all naturally occurring potassium.
- The yellow banana you eat is a mutant: a genetic variation on the hundreds of other varieties and rainbow of colors. The yellow banana is the sweetest.
- United States immigrants were given bananas when they reached Ellis Island in New York. Many had never seen a banana before. They didn’t know they needed to peel them and ate them whole.
- Some bananas are fuzzy pink; some when cooked taste like strawberries.
- There are over 500 varieties of bananas; they come in many shapes and sizes, from small finger fruits to big purple plantains.
- Many species of bananas have lower sugar content than the common yellow banana, and are often cooked. These are commonly referred to as plantains.
- Bananas are a rich source of potassium. A 100 g fruit provides 358 mg potassium.
- Bananas have three times the vitamin C as apples.
- There are about 110 calories in a banana.
- Like many fruits, banans are alkaline-forming.
- One banana contains 3 grams of fiber and 1 gram of protein.
- They are a good source of vitamin B6 (pyridoxine).
- Bananas also have minerals like copper, magnesium, and manganese.