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If you were to pick the most perfect fruit in the world it would be a banana--nutrition content in bananas is almost unbelievable. While it’s common knowledge that bananas contain high amounts of potassium, this is only one of many benefits of this tasty yellow fruit.

To be sure, bananas do contain a goodly amount of potassium and fiber--467 grams of potassium and a incredibly small 1 mg of sodium in every banana. Potassium helps prevent high blood pressure and helps normal heart function. It also helps to prevent atherosclerosis, fat build-up in arteries. For instance, increased fat in arteries of the heart can lead to a heart attack and in the arteries of the brain can cause a stroke. The fiber in bananas also has a positive effect on heart health and in maintaining healthy bones.

Bananas have benefits in the stomach, helping with their antacid effect to prevent ulcers. They do this by stimulating the stomach lining to produce a protective mucus lining. Bananas are also a source of protease inhibitors, eliminating bacteria that can cause stomach ulcers. An additional part of banana nutrition is that it contains pectin, a soluble fiber that helps with digestion and elimination. Bananas are low on the glycemic index as well if you are concerned about their sugar content. Less-ripened bananas can have a score as low as 30. This number will gradually increase as they ripen up to a high of 60 which is in the medium range.

Fruit has been studied in relation to age-related macular degeneration, and results show that eating three servings of fruit a day can decrease loss of vision by up to 36%. Bananas  eaten as at least one of those three fruits can help deliver this benefit as well as the all other positive effects. It can also help with the absorption of calcium which will make your bones stronger. Bananas contain a prebiotic compound, fructooligosaccharide, which nourishes friendly bacteria in the colon. This bacteria is called friendly because it manufactures vitamins and digestive enzymes that help our bodies absorb nutrients like calcium and other compounds that protect us from unfriendly bacteria.

Bananas have also been shown to be of help in protecting against many chronic diseases, including cancers, especially kidney, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Some bananas contain provitamin A cartenoids which are thought to be the reason for this protection. The cartenoids were found to be most present in bananas who edible flesh was the most gold in coloring. Antioxidant phenolic compounds are found in bananas, certain root vegetables and cabbage, and studies have shown these to be of value in preventing kidney cancer.

Not only do bananas have all of these benefits, they taste great eaten alone, in cereal, yogurt, puddings, and many other products. Because of their carbohydrate content they are particularly good for athletes such as runners and cyclists who need to increase their intake of carbohydrates for sustained energy and endurance. You can’t go wrong when you include banana nutrition in your diet plan.


 

 


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