Bananas

Bananas are one of the best sources of potassium, which is important for maintaining normal blood pressure and heart function. A banana could help prevent high blood pressure and protect against atherosclerosis. Also, bananas have been found to have antacid effects that protect against stomach ulcers and ulcer damage. Diarrhea  can quickly deplete your body of important electrolytes. This fruit can also replenish your stores of potassium which is one of the most important electrolytes which helps maintain fluid balance. Bananas also contain pectin which is a soluble fiber to help normalize movement through the digestive tract and ease constipation. Bananas are also a rich source of fructooligosaccharide which is a prebiotic. These beneficial bacteria produce vitamins and digestive enzymes that improve the ability to absorb nutrients and compounds that protect us against unfriendly microorganisms. This can also help absorb calcium.

Bananas are a very good source of vitamin B6 and a good source of vitamin C, potassium, dietary fiber, and manganese.

Three servings of fruit a day might sound like a lot, but by simply tossing a banana in a morning smoothie, slicing it in your cereal, having a peanut butter and banana sandwich, or even putting it in a cup of yogurt or green salad can help you reach your goal!

Source: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=7

Amount per serving (1 Medium Banana)
Calories 105 Calories from Fat 4
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 27g 9%
Dietary Fiber 3g
Sugars 14g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A 2% Vitamin C 17%
Calcium 1% Iron 2%
Thiamin 2% Riboflavin 5%
Niacin 4% Pantothenic Acid 4%
Vitamin B6 22% Potassium 12%
Phosphorus 3% Magnesium 8%
Zinc 1% Copper 5%
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