The most popular fresh fruit in the United States and around the world is the banana. Recent USDA statistics indicate that the average annual banana consumption per person exceeds 13 pounds. The world's largest herbaceous plant has various surprising health benefits, which is good news.
While berries and citrus are frequently cited as nutritional superstars, a medium-sized banana (7 to 8 inches long) contains 110 calories, 30 grammes of carbohydrates, and 3 grammes of satisfying fibre.
Bananas are a great source of vitamin B6, providing 25% of the required daily allowance. In addition, they contain around 10% of the recommended value for potassium, vitamin C, and manganese.
Medium bananas include 110 calories, 30 carbohydrates, and 3 fibre. Banana fibre slows digestion, reducing hunger and cravings. Bananas include resistant starch, a type of carbohydrate that aids digestion and keeps you satisfied. The greener the banana, the more resistant starch it contains. Resistant starch improves blood glucose, enhances satiety hormones, and reduces chronic disease risk.
Medium bananas have 422 mg of potassium and no sodium. Bananas and other potassium-rich foods can help regulate blood pressure, says the AHA. High potassium to sodium ratio neutralises sodium's blood-pressure-raising effects. Studies demonstrate that potassium-rich diets lower blood pressure and stroke risk. A medium banana offers 10% of adults' daily potassium needs.
The internet is plenty of misinformation about how bananas may protect against Covid-19, but there's no evidence that's true. Bananas do contain proteins with antimicorbial and antiviral effects. Antimicrobial substances in bananas include ferulic acid, lupeol, and leptin.
Bananas may boost mood. Vitamin B6 boosts serotonin and dopamine. Bananas are one of the few foods that contain the precursor to tryptophan, which boosts serotonin. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics connected low vitamin B6 levels to depression. Since many of us don't receive enough vitamin B6, eating the tropical fruit regularly may help.