Health Benefits of Banana

Health Benefits of Banana

by: Arlene Gentallan

        Banana is a popular fruit around the world. It's available year round. Perfect to be eaten raw, but with a wide variety of culinary application.

Based on USDA, here is the nutritional content of Banana:

1 medium Banana (118g) = 422mg Potassium
                                           = 1mg Sodium
                                           = 105 calories
                                           = 3.1g Dietary fiber
                                           = 0 mg Cholesterol
                                           = 1.3g Protein
                                           = 14g Sugar
                                           = 0.4mg Vitamin B-6
                                           = 76 IU Vitamin A
                                           = 10.3mg Vitamin C

1. High Blood Pressure
        Banana is an excellent source of potassium while very low in sodium. Foods high in potassium has been shown to benefit cardiovascular health since it lowers blood pressure and aids in the removal of excess sodium from the body. Too much sodium can pull water into the circulation thus further increasing blood pressure so it's crucial to take this mineral in moderation.

2. Minimize stroke Death
        In a study by Barrett-Connor and Kay-Tee Khaw published on New England Journal of Medicine, consuming banana as part of daily diet can reduce risk of dying from stroke by up to 40 %.

3. Banana makes you Happy :)
        Banana contains "tryptophan" which is converted inside the body into neurotransmitter "serotonin." Serotonin is important in maintaining mood balance as it uplifts the mood. Did you know that a deficiency in serotonin can result to depression?

        Stress out? Munch a banana instead of artificial sweets.

4. Energy Booster
        One piece of medium sized banana contains about 105 calories. That'll keep you up during the morning. It's also a great alternative nutritious snack. Did you know that consuming high calorie fruits can prevent your from craving. Also, a medium size banana contains no cholesterol. That'll be a help to maintain or lower your weight.

5. Hyperacidity & Heartburn
        Banana acts as a natural antacid. So it's a good practice to eat banana after a meal.

6. Diarrhea
        Banana is recommended for people suffering from diarrhea. It's part of the BRAT diet (bananas, rice, apple, and toast.) It's rich in electrolyte potassium and non-irritating to the stomach.

7. Constipation
        Banana is a good source of dietary fiber, the bulk that absorbs water in your colon. Fiber is essential to prevent gastrointestinal problems like constipation and colon cancer.