Healthy habits: These are the health benefits of bananas Healthy habits: These are the health benefits of bananas

3 Surprising benefits of bananas (plus a recipe!)

Bananas, originally from the Musaceae family, are one of the essential foods for maintaining a healthy and balanced diet.

As it is available for consumption throughout the year, it is one of the most widely consumed fruits around the world. It comfortable to carry around as it has its own packaging and it boasts lots of health benefits.

3 Surprising health benefits of bananas

health benefits of bananas // Photo by Charles Deluvio

1. Bananas are packed with nutrients

If something characterizes the banana in terms of its nutritional composition is that it is a source of potassium, carbohydrates, fiber, vitamin B6 and inulin. 

This fruit hardly provides proteins (1.2%) and lipids (0.3%), but its composition stands out for its richness in carbohydrates (20%), much higher than other fruits.

Being rich in minerals such as potassium and to lesser extent magnesium and phosphorus contribute to the normal functioning of the muscles. Therefore, bananas benefit the blood pressure and the muscular system and that is why it is ideal when practicing sports.

Health benefits of bananas // Photo by Louis Hansel

2. Bananas may help with weight loss

The high content of potassium and reduced sodium makes the banana prevent water retention. As for vitamins, it is a source of vitamin B6, which contributes to the normal functioning of the nervous system.

They are also relatively low in calories and help you feel full for longer, which provides support if you are trying to follow a diet. 

3. Bananas are antioxidant-rich

Finally, another property of bananas is that they provide vitamins A and C, which have antioxidant properties and are beneficial for gut health.

Try our no-bake banana bread recipe!

Aniela Dybiec

Aniela is a writer who loves art, makeup, and magick. She is also an amateur illustrator, a wellness fan and a vegetarian.+ info

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