It’s not just apples; a banana a day can keep the doctor away.
Bananas sometimes get a bad rap for having lots of calories and carbs, but they’re actually one of the best foods you can choose — both for health and weight management. Eating one a day provides your body with a lot of powerful nutrients, so go ahead and buy a bunch. Keep reading for more about why you should chow down this tropical tree-fruit:
- 105 calories
- 27g carbohydrates
- 1g protein
- <1g total fat
- 0g saturated fat
- 3g fiber
- 14g sugar
- 422mg potassium (12% DV)
- 32mg magnesium (8% DV)
- 10.3mg vitamin C (17% DV)
- 0.433mg vitamin B6 (20% DV)
Health Benefits of Bananas
All those vitamins and nutrients can do major good for your body and mind. You’re snacking toward these benefits every time you eat one:
- Lower blood pressure: The potassium and magnesium in bananas can help decrease this almighty number.
- A healthier heart: The blood pressure-lowering effects in turn reduce your risk of heart disease.
- Stronger bones: Potassium has been found to protect against osteoporosis, and magnesium plays a part in bone formation.
- Better digestion: Bananas provide about 12% of your daily fiber needs, promoting regularity.
- A sharper mind: The vitamin B6 in bananas may help prevent cognitive decline and reduce mood-related symptoms of PMS.
Now that you’ve got the basics, these are the questions (and answers) nutritionists get about bananas all the time:
How many can I eat and what should I eat them with?
About one per day can help you meet your needs for produce and pack some serious health benefits. We love them paired with a source of lean protein and healthy fat; try five fun recipes that we love: