Bananas are incredibly healthy and delicious. They are among the most popular and nutritious health foods you can eat on earth. They are high in fiber and antioxidants. In particular, the nutrients found in bananas have been found to improve digestions and heart health.
But despite being a highly nutritious fruit, bananas have a reputation for being high in calories and carbs.1 medium sized banana contains about 105 calories and is made up of mostly water and carbs. To be exact, about 90% of the calories in banana comes from carbs, which equals to 27g of carbs in one medium banana.
Even though banana is a moderately high calorie fruit, bananas contain several important nutrients that are beneficial to your health.
Some of its amazing benefits are:
Banana is rich in Antioxidants like Vitamin C, E and beta-carotene that prevents damage of cell from free radicals.
In research, it was found that people eating a banana daily had less risk to get kidney cancer.
Reverses signs of ageing
The antioxidants in bananas helps fight stress and neutralize the free radicals in the body to reverse the signs of ageing. It also maintains proper health of the skin by rejuvenating the skin cells.
Bananas can act as mood enhancers or mild sedatives
Bananas contain tryptophan (although it’s not one of the major sources, a medium still contains about 10.6 mg of tryptophan). Tryptophan is one of the 20 amino acids which are building blocks of proteins. Tryptophan helps the body to produce serotonin – which has a calming effect on the brain (creates a stable mood) and acts as a mild sedative. It should be noted that the only way our our body gets its dose of tryptophan is through our diet – it does not produce tryptophan naturally. Bananas are one of the easiest ways to get it.
Good for athletic performance
Bananas contain carbohydrates, which are broken down into glucose, the body’s main source of fuel. Eating carbohydrates prior to physical activity may help increase endurance. Potassium is lost through sweat, and this decrease in potassium is linked to muscle cramps. Eating a banana during and/or after physical activity will replace lost potassium and restore carbohydrate stores. Remember, it is important to maintain hydration and replace other electrolyte levels as well.
Bananas are one of the best fruits for guaranteeing strong, healthy bones throughout your life. One of the best reasons for this is the presence of fructooligosaccharide, which is a prebiotic and eventually a probiotic, beneficial bacteria in our digestive tract that boosts the intake of minerals and nutrients by the body. Specifically, bananas are linked to increased absorption of calcium. Some bananas also possess short-chain fatty acids, which humans cannot absorb, but the organism that live in our stomach lining can consume those fatty acids, which increases their ability to absorb minerals like calcium. Calcium is the most important element in the production and regrowth of bone matter in the body, thereby reducing the chances of osteoporosis and natural weakness commonly linked to aging.