7 Health-related Reasons You Should Eat Banana

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Banana (Musa cavendishii) is one of the fruits that you can find in Nigeria all year round. It is always a nice fruit to have any time.

Aside from the pleasure you derive when you eat it, banana is loaded with nutrients that are beneficial to your body.

We know that it is full of health benefits for you and this is why we sock this fruit in our outlets all year round.

Most importantly, everyone needs potassium for proper blood pressure control and the fruit is rich in potassium.

Here is the nutritional fact of the fruit.

Bananas contain a fair amount of fiber, as well as several antioxidants. One medium-sized banana (118 grams) has;

Potassium: 9% of the (Reference Daily Intake) RDI
Vitamin B6: 33% of the RDI
Vitamin C: 11% of the RDI
Magnesium: 8% of the RDI
Copper: 10% of the RDI
Manganese: 14% of the RDI
Net carbs: 24 grams
Fiber: 3.1 grams
Protein: 1.3 grams
Fat: 0.4 grams

Aside from these nutrients it also contains other antioxidants and compounds that are very beneficial to you.

It contains both  water-soluble pectin (WSP) and acid-soluble pectin (ASP). The ASP reduces as ripening progresses while WSP increases.

The fruit also contains a strong water-soluble antioxidant – dopamine which is of the catecholamines.

Also, it has resistant starch which is very high in green and unripe banana.

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These components put together make banana a great food to add to your diet.

With these components banana is said to have the under listed health benefits.

1.     Banana Is Good For Weight Control

People who want to lose some kilograms or keep a healthy weight may consider adding banana to their diet.

This is because Banana contains soluble fibre which makes you feel full  when you eat it.

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The digestion process takes longer because of the fibre and this makes it great for persons who want to maintain a healthy weight.

2.     May Improve Kidney Health

Fruits and vegetables are powerful sources of antioxidants and banana is one of those.

It contains dopamine which is a feel-good chemical in your brain. It could help regulate mood.

Another component of banana that is helpful to your body is pectin.

According to research, pectin is an antioxidant, antitumor, and anti-inflammatory agent.

This component helps in fighting free radicals that may have come into your body.

3.    Banana Contains Nutrients That Modulate Blood Sugar Level

The pectin in the fruit is a type of fiber that is responsible for the spongy structural form of the flesh.

Another component, resistant starch, which helps in ensuring that digestion and transfer of sugar to the blood is slowed down.

4.     It Can Improve Gut Or Digestive Health

According to researches, banana is great for gut health.

The Resistant starch in banana is a carbohydrate that resists digestion in the small intestine and ferments in the large intestine.

As the fibers ferment they act as a prebiotic and feed the good bacteria in the gut.

5.     Supports Heart Health

Banana is rich in potassium and this nutrients is essential in your body.

Potassium helps regulate fluid balance, muscle contractions and nerve signals.

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Studies have shown that diets that are high-potassium may help reduce blood pressure and water retention.

6.    Beneficial For Your Kidney

Interestingly, potassium in banana also protects against stroke and prevents osteoporosis and kidney stones.

7.     Good For Diabetics

Unripe banana is a rich source of resistant starch and this has been linked to improvement of insulin resistance.

Insulin resistance is a major risk factor for many of the world’s most serious diseases, including type 2 diabetes.

But resistant starch helps in this regards and persons who are diabetic could add unripe banana to their diet.

A 2011 study says resistant starch helps improve insulin sensitivity.

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