Bananas are grown in at least 107 countries and are among the most consumed fruit in the world. Some scientists believe that banana would have been the very first fruit in the world. Bananas contain three natural sugars – sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with a large amount of fiber. Eating one banana the body energizes instantly and on long term. Studies have shown that two bananas provide enough energy for an intense 90-minute workout. Therefore, no wonder that this fruit is the favorite of top athletes all over the world. But even if you are not a sportsman, according to nutritionists, eating two bananas per day, after just one month, the state of your health will be significantly improved!
What vitamins and minerals does a banana contain?
Vitamin B6 – 0.5 mg
Manganese – 0.3 mg
Vitamin C – 9 mg
Potassium – 450 mg
Dietary fiber – 3G
Protein – 1g
Magnesium – 34 mg
Folate – 25.0 mcg
Riboflavin – 0.1 mg
Niacin – 0.8 mg
Vitamin A – 81 IU
Iron – 0.3 mg
A medium banana (about 126 grams) is considered to be one serving. One serving contains 110 calories, 30 grams of carbohydrates and 1 gram of protein. Bananas are naturally fat, cholesterol and sodium free.
How do all these substances help us?
- Fibers help the digestive system. Eating one or two bananas quickly solve the problems with the intestines in case of constipation.
- Potassium is great for the regulation of blood pressure and heart health. The researchers found that a daily intake of bananas can reduce the risk of heart attack by as much as 40%. Potassium also stimulates the brain and improves memory.
- Tryptophan is very important for the body, due to the fact that the body uses to turn it into serotonin, the hormone of happiness. Bananas contain this substance, so they help improving our mood.
- Antacid-bananas are an excellent remedy for heartburn because they are a good source of antacid, which regulates this annoying condition.
Banana is a natural remedy for many diseases or disorders. Compared with an apple, it has four times more proteins, two times more carbohydrates, triple amount of phosphorus and five times more vitamin A and iron. These arguments are probably sufficient to change the known saying about the benefits of apples and affirm that “a banana a day keeps the doctor away.”