This handy yellow fruit may be the most popular fruit in the world. In addition to being convenient, bananas are chock full of nutrients and health-boosting benefits. Here are just a few that will make you even more happy to eat bananas.
According to the USDA, one banana has about 3 g of fiber, helping you feel fuller longer and keeping the digestive system flowing.
Bananas are a rich in vitamin C. One banana provides roughly 13 percent to 16 percent of your daily recommended amount of vitamin C. This nutrient aids in the growth and repair of tissues of your body. It helps your body make collagen and repair wounds and helps maintain bones and teeth. Those who consume bananas carry a lower risk for developing high blood pressure than people who eat a poor diet. Vitamin C can also stop the progression of atherosclerosis — hardening of the arteries.
Consuming bananas, oranges, and orange juice in the first two years of life may reduce the risk of developing childhood leukemia. Bananas can help combat the formation of free radicals known to cause cancer. High fiber intakes from fruits and vegetables like bananas are associated with a lowered risk of colorectal cancer.
The fiber, potassium, vitamin C and B6 content in bananas all support heart health. An increase in potassium intake along with a decrease in sodium intake is the most important dietary change that a person can make to reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease.
High potassium intakes are also associated with a reduced risk of stroke, protection against loss of muscle mass, preservation of bone mineral density and reduction in the formation of kidney stones.