Have you ever met someone that doesn’t like bananas? I have, and I am not friends with those people. Only joking, but may after reading this, the banana-haters of the world will be convinced of their deliciousness as well. In addition to being one of the most portable, kid-friendly, versatile snacks out there, bananas are also insanely good for you too. So get ready because whether you needed the reassurance or not, you are about learn more reasons the nom on a nanner as we lay out some of our favorite health benefits of bananas.

health benefits of bananas

Vitamins & Minerals – These peel-able portables are packed with potassium, folate, calcium, manganese, iron, magnesium, niacin, riboflavin, and vitamin B6. These nutrients are essential in maintaining a healthy, happy body and mind.

Fiber – Bananas are heavy hitters in the fiber department. The soluble fiber in bananas helps to slow digestion and keep you fuller longer. Include a banana in your breakfast smoothie or top off some toast with the fruit to reap the benefits all day long.

Iron – When we experience deficiencies in iron we tend to fatigue more quickly and our circulation becomes poor. More seriously, iron deficiencies can lead to anemia which occurs when there is a drop in red blood cells. So if you’re feeling sluggish, you’re in luck because bananas are loaded with iron and make for a great afternoon pick-me-up.

Cardiovascular Health – As mentioned, bananas are big on potassium. This particular nutrient plays a huge role in our heart and blood health. Potassium helps to lower blood pressure, regulate the heartbeat, and facilitate healthy blood flow to the brain. Additionally, the sterols in bananas help block the absorption of unwanted cholesterol. And if these reasons weren’t enough, the fiber in bananas has been tied to decreasing the risk of developing serious heart conditions like heart disease.

Digestion – On top of containing fiber to help regulate the digestive process, bananas also contain a type of fiber call pectin. Pectins work to regulate the digestion of carbohydrates and reduce the impact of sucrose on blood sugar levels. Some studies have even shown that eating bananas can increase levels of Bifidobacteria which can lead to fewer gastrointestinal problems and generate healthy bowel movements.

In addition to being one of the healthiest foods on the planet, bananas are also one of the most kitchen-friendly foods. Great alone, in baking, as a topping, and even a dessert, it’s hard to find reasons to not eat bananas. Love banana bread, but don’t have the time to bake some yourself? Take a drive down memory lane when you grab a bag of one of our best sellers – Nana Rama. It’s like biting into Grandma’s original recipe!

 

Sources:
BBC Good Food
World’s Healthiest Foods
NDTV