Why Bananas are Great for Your Health


Do you know that bananas are the most consumed fruit in the world? Not only do they come in their own bio-gradable packaging, they are packed full of a whole array of nutrients and health benefits.

So let’s take a closer look why bananas are great for your health.

One medium sized banana (about 126 grams) is considered to be one serving. Best of all this long yellow fruit delivers 30 grams of carbohydrates, 2.5 grams of fiber, 1 gram of protein and only about 100 calories. In addition, is it naturally free of cholesterol, sodium and fat.

Lower Chances of Children Developing Asthma:
According to a published study from the Imperial College of London, children who consumed one banana daily were 1/3 less likely to develop asthma symptoms when compared to non-banana eating kids. The reason for this is the banana is a natural source or pyridoxine, as known as B6.

B6 is an important component in the bronchial muscle tissue. Basically, the pyridoxine assists in the production of cyclic adenosine monophosphate and adenosine triphosphate and these important molecules help relax the bronchial muscle tissue.

Heart Health:
Bananas are an excellent source of the electrolyte potassium. Once consumed, potassium is directly absorbed into your bloodstream from the intestinal walls. As the potassium travels around your body it helps to balance the fluid balanced around the cells. This complex process keep electricity flowing through your body and it is required for a beating heart. Under a severe potassium deficiency, your heart may become irregular, which may even lead to death. One banana delivers 358mg (8% RDA) for potassium.

Weight Loss:
Bananas are great for weight loss. Delivering a natural sweetness to help satisfy your sweet tooth while limiting calories, about 100 calories per one medium size banana, it’s a great weight loss food. Also, this yellow fruit contains soluble fiber, which means it absorbs water and slows digestion thus helps making you feel fuller longer. Helping you not over eat, without feeling less hunger pains

Delivering over 2.5 grams of fiber per banana, you’ll soon find your bowel movements easier to pass and softer, too. The combination of the fiber and soluble fiber it helps to clean everything moving as your body passes.

So simply enjoying one banana as a quick snack or cutting it up to serve over breakfast cereal your body will benefit from a variety of vitamins and minerals.

Watch the natural benefits of bananas video to learn about the benefits of this yellow fruit

Helen Thomas
Helen Thomas is an independent writer and writes about the natural health benefits of food, alternative medicine and natural home remedies. She in the process of developing her website sharing the wonders of Mother Nature. Some of her favorite sites include www.TraverseBayFarms.com and www.OrchardofHealth.com