The Health Benefits of Bananas
Let’s take a few minutes to talk to you about the health benefits of bananas. This curved yellow fruit is one of the most widely consumed in the world. There are multiple species, but all are elongated and curved. Bananas used for cooking may be referred to as plantains.
Potential Health Benefits (many related to potassium and fiber content)
- Reduce blood pressure
- Reduced risk of cardiovascular disease
- Reduced risk of stroke
- Asthma (1 banana per day reduces risk by 33%)
- Colon cancer (fiber content)
- Maintain muscle mass
- Preserve bone mineral density
- Reduce kidney stone formation
- Potentially preserve memory, mood
Interestingly, bananas are often thought of as having a very high potassium content and are consumed as such. They actually rank relatively low in terms of potassium content compared to a lot of foods.
In summary, bananas are a readily available food that are nutritionally dense and absolutely packed with minerals, vitamins, and fiber. They also appear to provide a variety of health benefits especially related to heart and vascular disease. More research is required to really identify the exact benefits of bananas.