Bananas are most widely consumed fruits in the world.Some scientists believe that the banana may have even been the world’s first fruit.
With the world consuming so many bananas, its unsurprising that people are asking the question: are bananas good for you?
Health Benefits consuming Bananas;
Blood pressure: Maintaining a low sodium intake is essential to lowering blood pressure, however increasing potassium intake may be just as important because of its vasodilation effects.
Asthma: A study conducted by the Imperial College of London found that children who ate just one banana per day had a 34% less chance of developing asthma.
Cancer: Consuming bananas, oranges and orange juice in the first two years of life may reduce the risk of developing childhood leukemia. As a good source of vitamin C, 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.
Heart health: 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, according to Mark Houston, MD, MS, an associate clinical professor of medicine at Vanderbilt Medical School and director of the Hypertension Institute at St Thomas Hospital in Tennessee.
Diabetes: Studies have shown that type 1 diabetics who consume high-fiber diets have lower blood glucose levels and type 2 diabetics may have improved blood sugar, lipids and insulin levels. One medium banana provides about 3 grams of fiber.
Other health benefits of bananas that may help in :
- Bowel problems
- Stomach disorders
- Stomach ulcers
- Excessive thirst
- Peptic ulcers
- Drug addiction
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Fluid retention
Nutrients found in Banana
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin E
- Folic acid
- Vitamin B3
- Vitamin B5
- Vitamin A
A type of medication most commonly prescribed for heart disease, can cause potassium levels to increase in the blood. High potassium foods such as bananas should be consumed in moderation.Consuming too much potassium can be harmful for those whose kidneys are not fully functional.
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Sources: Medical News Today