Why bananas are good for you.

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We know that Aussies love bananas. In fact, bananas are among the top selling fruits in Australia and the good news is that bananas do not only taste great but they are choc full of nutrition. When we take a closer look at one of our favourite fruits it becomes apparent that there are a number of reasons that we should also see bananas as one of the most nutrient rich foods out there. Here are just some of those reasons.

1. Bananas are choc full of potassium

A single banana contains a massive 400mg of potassium or at least 10% of the entire amount that an adult needs in a day. The key health benefit associated with a high intake of potassium is that evidence suggests increasing our intake of potassium is a key factor in helping to keep blood pressure controlled. Potassium also helps to control fluid levels in the body and may even reduce the risk of developing kidney stones.

2. Bananas have a special mix of fibre

With a shift towards lower carbohydrate diets, fewer adults are getting the right mix of fibre that is required for optimal gut functioning. Not only does a single banana offer 3g of fibre (we need at least 30g each day) but bananas are unique in that the resistant starch found in green bananas has a number of known benefits for the gut and also helps to control blood glucose levels.

3. Bananas contain more than 10 essential vitamins and minerals

Not only do bananas contain plenty of fibre and potassium but also at least 10 other essential vitamins and minerals including Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, folate and magnesium in a single serve. This means that you get extra bang for your nutrition buck whenever you eat a banana especially for fussy eaters or small children with a poor appetite.

4. Bananas are linked to a reduced risk of developing some diseases

While dietary data looking at specific foods is rare, dietary patterns linking a high intake of fruits and vegetables repeatedly shows that consuming 7-10 serves of fruits and vegetables per day is linked to a reduced risk of developing some types of cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Specifically there is also data that has shown that children who consume a banana a day have a 30% lower risk of developing asthma.

5. Bananas are naturally sweet and convenient

There is a big difference between added sugars and sugars that occur naturally in fresh fruits and vegetables. Bananas are a naturally sweet food that can help to tackle cravings whilst managing blood glucose levels and most importantly they are convenient. They come in their own packaging, help you to avoid an unnecessary trip to the vending machine and offer plenty of other nutrients for just over 100 calories per serve. Maximum nutrition for a minimal calorie intake.

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