Banana is Good for the Health

Since the past weeks that I started a diet program, I always see to it that there are always bananas in our kitchen. Sometimes, I only eat a banana or apple during lunch time. Eating these fruits makes me feel good. Beside, it is disposed very easily from our body. It is maybe because they are rich in fiber. I miss eating fresh bananas that is only pick-up in our backyard before.

Banana belongs to herbaceous plants. Its belong to genus Musa. I can’t remember now how many kinds of bananas are grown around the world. In my home country, I always see and taste different kinds of this fruit. I believed I can also say, “A banana a day, keeps the sickness away”.

Potential health effects

Along with other fruits and vegetables, consumption of bananas may be associated with a reduced risk of colorectal cancer and in women, breast cancer and renal cell carcinoma.

Individuals with a latex allergy may experience a reaction to bananas.

Bananas contain moderate amounts of vitamin B6, vitamin C, manganese and potassium,possibly contributing to electrolyte balance.

Bananas also help increase dopamine production due to the amino acid tyrosine which is present in the banana.

In India, juice is extracted from the corm and used as a home remedy for jaundice, sometimes with the addition of honey, and for kidney stones.

taken in a supermarket we visited last week.
Cavendish bananas are the main commercial banana cultivars sold in the world market.

Banana, raw, edible parts Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)

Energy 371 kJ (89 kcal)
Carbohydrates 22.84 g
Sugars 12.23 g
Dietary fiber 2.6 g
Fat 0.33 g
Protein 1.09 g
Vitamin A equiv. 3 μg (0%)
Thiamine (Vit. B1) 0.031 mg (2%)
Riboflavin (Vit. B2) 0.073 mg (5%)
Niacin (Vit. B3) 0.665 mg (4%)
Pantothenic acid (B5) 0.334 mg (7%)
Vitamin B6 0.367 mg (28%)
Folate (Vit. B9) 20 μg (5%)
Vitamin C 8.7 mg (15%)
Calcium 5 mg (1%)
Iron 0.26 mg (2%)
Magnesium 27 mg (7%)
Phosphorus 22 mg (3%)
Potassium 358 mg (8%)
Zinc 0.15 mg (1%)

One banana is 100–150 g.
Percentages are relative to US recommendations for adults.
Source: USDA Nutrient database

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