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Bananas are a popular herb

Bananas are a popular herb

Bananas are the most consumed fruit in the United States. Bananas are tasty, portable, and also very nutritious and versatile.

Bananas are actually a large herb, with fruits that develop from female flowers. There are over 300 kinds of bananas that mainly grows in tropical and subtropical areas of Africa, Asia, America, the Canary Islands, and Australia. The version we think of as a classic banana is a Cavendish, or dessert banana.

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Banana nutrition facts

A medium banana provides the following nutrients:

  • Calories: 105
  • Protein: 1.29 grams
  • Fat: 0.389 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 26.9 grams
  • Fibre: 3.07 grams
  • Sugar: 14.4 grams
  • Vitamin B6: 0.43 mg (22% of the Daily Value - DV)
  • Vitamin C: 10.3 mg (17% of the DV)
  • Potassium: 422 mg (12% of the DV)
  • Magnesium: 31.9 mg (8% of the DV)
  • Manganese: 0.319 mg (16% of the DV)

A medium banana contains about 100 calories.

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Banana benefits

Banana benefits

  • Bananas are high in potassium. Potassium is an electrolyte that supports a steady heartbeat and allows nerves to function and muscles to contract. It regulates blood pressure and is a natural diuretic.
  • Bananas are rich in polyphenolic substances that possess antioxidant properties known to reduce inflammation and cell damage, such as arthritis, diabetes and artery hardening.
  • Fructooligosaccharides in bananas serve as probiotics that help the body absorb calcium while feeding good probiotic bacteria.
  • Bananas contain serotonin that supports a good mood.

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Other banana products

  • Banana peels are edible. The peels are higher in antioxidants than the pulp
  • Banana flour. Green banana flour is linked to positive outcomes related to gastrointestinal symptoms, diseases, insulin metabolism, weight control, and kidney and liver complications.
  • Banana milk is made from filtered water, bananas, and sunflower oil and can be added to smoothies and coffee.

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Ways to enjoy bananas

  • Bananas can be consumed as is or blended into smoothies, added to cereal, oatmeal and pancakes.
  • Spices such as ginger and cinnamon can be added to pureed bananas.
  • Frozen bananas can serve as an ice cream alternative.
  • Bananas can be dipped into melted dark chocolate, rolled in nuts, and frozen as a healthy treat.
  • Bananas can also be incorporated into desserts, cakes, pies, and banana splits.

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