The Banana

Whether they’re blended in smoothies, eaten raw, or as a topping on a hot fudge sundae, bananas pack a big punch of vitamins and minerals. 

One medium size banana is about 110 calories and contains 28 grams of carbohydrates, 15 grams of sugar, 3 grams of fiber, and about 400 mg of potassium. 

Bananas are a good source of fiber and are classified as a resistant starch. They are digested slowly and therefore less glucose enters the bloodstream.  This in turn causes a lower and steadier rise in blood glucose which stabilizes blood sugar. 

This reminds me of when I seen a renowned Endocrinologist for persistent hypoglycemia and he told me to eat bananas!  My first reaction was, “yeah I always carry a banana with me!  Sure enough he was right!

Bananas are heart healthy and an excellent source of potassium.  Potassium is an electrolyte that is needed in order for the heart to beat regularly and enables the muscles to contract. 

Going back twenty something years I had an arrhythmia and was given potassium.  Cardiologist recommended bananas!

Bananas contain no cholesterol and almost no fat.

According to Harvard Health, “too little potassium and too much sodium can lead to high blood pressure.  Potassium helps the body flush out excess sodium in the urine and eases tension in the blood vessels “. 

Keep in mind too much potassium is not good and some experts recommend not eating more than two bananas a day. 

Bananas are not fattening! Again, according to Harvard Health, “there is no evidence that bananas contribute to weight gain despite popular belief”.

Minerals found in bananas: 
Potassium:  400mg Magnesium:   32mg Iron: 0.31 grams (low but worth mentioning).

Vitamins found in bananas:
Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin A (provitamin-carotenoids)

Interesting banana fact: contrary to popular belief, the serotonin found in bananas cannot cross the blood brain barrier and therefore do not boost mood. (Source: Journal of Psychiatry & Neuroscience: JPN)

Bananas can be frozen without losing nutrients. 

Bananas are a convenient healthy snack on the go or in a recipe.  What’s not to love!

Thanks for reading!

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