With a unique taste and high nutritional profile, bananas are definitely one of the most popular fruits ever! They are just a powerhouse of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients.
They contain no fat or cholesterol and are low in calories. They have a long list of health benefits, but today we will reveal 10 reasons why you should incorporate this fruit into your diet.
10 reasons to start eating bananas every day:
- Bananas are high in potassium and low in sodium. This means that they can reduce your blood pressure and prevent cardiovascular problems
- They are a great source of tryptophan, a precursor to serotonin that can improve sleep and treat anxiety and depression
- Due to their rich content of potassium, bananas can improve your brain function
- They strengthen the bones and improve the calcium absorption
- They are packed with iron that can treat anemia and support the production of new red blood cells
- Bananas contain vitamin B6 that has the ability to prevent joint problems and fight inflammation
- As a rich source of fiber, bananas can improve digestion, prevent bloating and indigestion and regulate your bowel movements
- They prevent the formation of kidney stones
- Bananas have the ability to regulate your blood sugar levels and prevent glucose spikes
- They have many vitamins and minerals that can boost your energy and supply your body with the essential nutrients.
Fun facts about bananas
- It may sound strange but bananas have been mentioned in ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs
- There is a name for the bananas that are found in the supermarkets-their name is Cavendish banana
- According to their scientific name (musa sapientum), the meaning of this fruit is “fruit of the wise men.”
- Many years ago, bananas were grown in Florida and southern California. However, today, bananas are grown commercially only in Hawaii. So, this means that the bananas that we eat today come from Latin America and South America, including Columbia, Panama, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, and Ecuador
- 51% of bananas are consumed for breakfast at home
- Just like watermelons and apples, bananas float in water
- Bananas are technically berries
- Japanese culture uses the fiber in bananas to produce fabric and paper
- Bananas do not grow on trees. Actually they are classified as herbs and belong in the same group as orchids, palms and lilies and grow on large plants
- Bananas come in many varieties-bubblegum pink bananas with fuzzy skins, green and white stripped bananas with pulp the color of orange sherbet, and bananas that have the same taste as strawberries when cooked.
Source: Healthy Food Experience