Does anyone remember the old egg commercial? The one about “The Incredible Edible Egg”?
Well, I say, bananas have gotten short shrift and should rate their own commercial (and I don’t mean one with some lady dancing around with fruit on her head)!
After all, just look at what one medium banana has to offer:
0g total fat
0 mg cholesterol
0 mg sodium
450 mg potassium
30 g carbohydrates
3 g fiber
19 g sugars
1 g protein
2% of the daily allowance for vitamin A
20% of the daily allowance for vitamin B6
15% of the daily allowance for vitamin C
2% of the daily allowance for iron
0% of the daily allowance for calcium
All that, and it's portable, too!
Why, with that small calorie footprint, a banana should fit into almost everyone’s healthy lifestyle, especially given all the other benefits it provides. Take a look:
Start with the banana’s high potassium content. Potassium is a big benefit because it helps to lower a person’s risk for stroke. Coupled with the banana’s low sodium content, it’s possible that the banana may also help protect against heart disease and high blood pressure.
Bananas pack a potent B6 punch, too, which is key to the metabolism of fats, carbs, and amino acids. B6 also may play a role in reducing the spread of cancer cells and help you sleep better.
Then, there’s the magnesium, which helps relax your muscles – another sleep aid and a preventer of the dreaded charlie horse.
Bananas may be an aid for people who struggle with depression. How? Because they contain high levels of tryptophan, which the body converts to serotonin, which in turn may help with depression.
Eating bananas helps with a few more things: they protect against developing type-2 diabetes, help with the production of white blood cells, and help to reduce swelling.
In addition to all that, bananas contain something called sterols (steroid alcohols), a type of fat that works to block dietary cholesterol from being absorbed into the blood and body.
Still not convinced?
Bananas are flexible! They can be used for baking as a substitute for flour, sugar, cream, and butter!
Finally, bananas are GREAT for people trying to lose weight because they are high in fiber, taste sweet, and are filling, which helps to curb cravings. Another plus: bananas help to maintain blood sugar levels during workouts.
All that from a single fruit AND it comes with its own natural, easy open package, too!
What else could a girl ask for?
How about a healthy banana recipe like Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes?
Or a piece of banana trivia?
Did you know, the correct name for a bunch of bananas is a “hand” and a single banana is a “finger”?
Given all these golden nuggets of wit and wisdom, I hereby declare this fruit: