14 Reasons You Should Be Going Bananas Every Week

Bananas are an quick and easy go-to snack or addition…I love a banana sliced up and added to a bowl of cereal! 

Bananas fall onto the Power Foods list for many many reasons:

  1. Most commonly known for being high in Potassium –
    • essential for good heart health
    • helps maintain healthy blood pressure levels
    • Potassium also helps you be more mentally alert
  2. A great source of fiber (about 3grams per medium banana)
    • helps aid and regulate digestion
  3. A calcium rich fruit
  4. Low in sodium
  5. Low Fat
    • Bananas do contain a type of fat called sterols though, which helps keep blood cholesterol levels controlled by blocking the absorption of dietary cholesterol
  6. High in vitamin B-6
    • helps in the production of white blood cells
    • strengthens the nervous system
    • studies have shown it to help in protecting against Type 2 Diabetes
    • helps reduce swelling
    • Aids in weight loss
  7. They are high in antioxidants
  8. Bananas are high in pectin
    • Pectin helps with digestion and gently removes toxins and heavy metals from the body
  9. Contains high levels of trytophan which converts to serotonin (the happy good feeling chemical in our brain)
  10. Are high in magnesium
  11. Higher in sugar with approx 14-15 grams of sugar per medium banana, but the sugars are of low glycemic value.
  12. Contain fructooligosaccharides which act as a natural prebiotic
    • helps maintain good bacteria in our lower intestines
    • supports overall digestive health
  13. Are a natural antacid
  14. They help restore electrolytes to the body

So to sum it up they are a yummy treat that helps keep your gut healthy, your sugars in check, and give you energy!

Here’s my Grandmother’s Banana Bread Recipe for you to try too : Throwback Thursday Recipe Post – Grandma’s Banana Bread

 

 

* Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist or a medical professional. These are healthy suggestions based solely on personal experiences, personal opinions, and light research. 

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