A Banana A Day…

Children and adults love bananas. It’s almost a comfort food…without the guilt. There is more to this yellow fruit than meets the eye. 

 

Calories

A banana only averages about 110 calories, so if you’re craving something sweet, grab a banana instead of candy or cake. 

Fat and Cholesterol

Bananas are naturally fat and cholesterol free. You can use bananas as a substitute for all or most of the butter when making cookies or other baked goods. 

Potassium

Potassium is probably the most known nutritional benefit of bananas, with over 400 mg potassium in a single medium-size banana. According to Colorado State University Extension, potassium is essential for good nerve and muscle function as well as for maintaining a healthy balance of fluids in the body. Eat a banana after you exercise, the potassium can prevent cramps! 

Vitamin C

As with many fruits, bananas contain a good amount of vitamin C. One banana provides about 10 mg of vitamin C, or about 15 percent of your daily recommended amount. Vitamin C boosts your immune system and cell health and improves the absorption of other nutrients such as iron.

Vitamin B-6

Bananas are an excellent source of vitamin B-6, also called pyridoxine. One banana supplies 35 percent of your daily B-6 requirement. Our bodies need vitamin B-6 to grow new cells.

Manganese

Manganese is an essential for bone health and metabolism. One medium banana provides about .3 mg. Adults need between 1.8 and 2.3 mg of manganese daily. 

Fibre

According to the USDA, one banana has about 3 g of fibre. Bananas can also aid in weight loss. Dietary fibre can help you feel fuller longer and regulate digestion. 

Carbohydrates

Your body uses carbohydrates as a primary source of energy. Eat a banana after a workout to refuel. A banana with breakfast will start your day off right and will give you the energy to make it through to lunch without snacking.

 


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