The Banana

 

This sweet never-out-of-season fruit is everywhere around us, grocery stall, fruit vendor’s, even right outside your car or matatu window when you are stuck in traffic!

A full medium sized banana gives your worn out self great energy to carry you til the next real meal you plan to have.

As sweet as it is, you will be surprised to learn what it can do for you today:

  • The potassium content in bananas is very beneficial in controlling blood pressure and has been seen to have very positive effects in persons trying to control their high blood pressure. A medium sized banana as approximately 420mg of potassium, about 10-12% of your daily required potassium intake!
  • The banana also has sterol, a type of fat that is similar in structure to cholesterol. This similarity to cholesterol actually means that it will reduce the body’s uptake of cholesterol, thus helping to keep the levels in check. This makes the banana a great fruit for heart health.
  • This might come as a shock, but the banana is a low GI fruit! GI is the glycemic index, meaning the rate at which a carbohydrate is broken down and its impact on blood sugar levels. The banana has a GI of 51, which is considered low, and which means that its sugar is released slowly in to the blood stream; therefore it’s good for the control of blood sugar levels.
  • The banana contains a group of carbohydrates called Fructooligosaccharides (FOS), which are very important to our digestive system. They are not usually broken down by enzymes in our digestive tract, but instead move along the tract till they get to our lower intestine, where they are metabolized by bacteria. This helps in maintenance and growth of ‘good bacteria’ (Bifidobacteria) . These maintain the health of our digestive systems
  • A full medium sized banana has about 105 calories and 27g of carbohydrates. So those thinking that it is a culprit for weight gain, think again, because it is not much different from other fruits. For example: 1 medium pear has 103 calories, 1 cup blueberries has 80 calories, 1 cup of fresh pineapple has around 85 calories

There you have it! Have you been scared of that attractive yellow banana? You can go on and eat it now!

 

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