Why Are Bananas Good for You? – The Benefits and Ways You Can Eat Them…

Bananas are one of the most popular fruits and it’s easy to see why, they are cheap and packed full of great nutrition. At only around 100 calories a banana contained in its own little personal wrapper is a great choice for a quick and easy healthy snack to have anywhere…

why are bananas good for you?
Bananas are generally native to South East Asia but there are actually 50 different recognized species of bananas. They are a naturally sweet energy booster and highly nutritious fruit that is full of goodness and can be used in lots of different ways.

So why are bananas good for you?

Fibre

They are high in fibre which is good for your heart and contain both soluble and insoluble fibre and it’s the soluble fibre that helps slow digestion because when it reaches the digestive tract it absorbs water. This makes you feel full longer and is therefore make it a good snack to include in your diet when trying to lose weight.

Vitamins

Bananas contain vitamin C which is great for your immune system and helps improves the body’s absorption of iron.  Surprisingly bananas are also an excellent source of B6 which is normally found in animal products, this is vital to the body to grow new cells and can also protect you against diabetes as well as helping you sleep.

Minerals

A medium sized banana contains 9% of the Recommended Daily Allowance of Potassium which is essential for nerve and muscle function and can help also prevent muscle cramps after exercise.

Also they have 8% RDA of Magnesium which is needed to help the heart function and protect the blood vessels. Plus 14% RDA of Manganese essential for bone health and metabolism

what are the benefits of bananas

Other benefits…

They have high levels of tryptophan which the body can convert to serotonin, this helps elevate your mood and can therefore help fight depression.

Plus they have lots of Fructooligosaccharides which are non digestive carbohydrates that encourage the growth of good bacteria in your gut.

They are easy to digest so great choice when you are sick and want to get nutrients in your body without upsetting your stomach further.

Plus bananas are the perfect refueling snack after a workout as contain both protein and carbohydrates…

I like my bananas when they are only just ripe and are still a green/yellow colour; luckily this is actually the perfect time to eat them. An unripe banana is mostly starch and contains the fibre pectin, but this pectin decreases and the starch turns to sugar as they ripen. It’s the starch and pectin that fills you up and can also moderate your blood sugar levels and reduce your appetite.

Bananas are the perfect fruit to slice and add to cereal or yogurt, plus are a great addition to throw into your smoothies. Mashed up they can be used for making deserts and more substantial snacks.

Banana Oat Bars

banana-bars

½ dozen small or 3 large ripe bananas
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups oats
1/4 cup chopped sultanas
1/4 cup chopped nuts – I prefer cashew nuts
Teaspoon of ground cinnamon or nutmeg

– Heat the oven and lightly spray a baking dish with coconut oil
– Peel the bananas and mash their flesh in a mixing bowl until it is a soft creamy texture and there are no chunks remaining.
– Stir in the vanilla and then add the oats and stir them in thoroughly.
– Finally add the raisins and nuts and combine into the mixture.
– Put the thick mixture evenly into the baking pan and press down with the back of a large metal spoon
– If desired, sprinkle the top lightly with nutmeg or cinnamon.
– Bake for 30 minutes or until the edges just begin to crisp up.
– Place the baking pan to cool, cut into bars and eat one or two just to try them out.
– Once cooled store any leftover bars in fridge –they will keep for about 5 days.

Final tips

If you’ve got too many bananas to eat before they go off you can keep some in a seal-able bag in the bottom of the fridge to prevent them over-ripening. Plus why not freeze some, the peel will go a yucky brown colour but the insides are great to add to smoothies. If you love your bananas and have an easy recipe idea please share below as I’d love to read them…

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6 Responses

  1. Jeannie Brickley says:

    Hi Emma.

    I’m so glad you are saying bananas are good for you. Seems they have gotten a bad wrap from some lately. I didn’t know they were good for diabetes; since they are startchy and sweet; I thought they weren’t.

    I love bananas! I like to eat just as they are and I love them in smoothies. Peanut butter and banana sandwiches are good too. They can be frozen and dipped in chocolate and nuts and frozen again for a treat. Yummy.

    Your recipe looks delicious. I am bookmarking your site to try it sometime.

    Thanks for a great informative post.

    Jeannie

    • Emma says:

      Hi Jeannie,

      Thank you for your comment and I’m pleased you liked the article.

      Yes bananas contain starch and sugar but a medium-sized banana also contains 3 grams of fibre. Fibre is important for everyone and especially diabetics as it .can help slow the digestion and absorption of carbohydrates, which can help improve blood sugar control.

      As your also a peanut butter fan have a read of my post on why peanut butter is good for you – this also has some recipes for you to try. 🙂

  2. Marie says:

    What a great article a lot of people just don’t realise the benefits of eating bananas.

    I love bananas and a peanut butter and banana sandwich is a great energy boost.
    I also love to top a chopped banana with a fat free yogurt it tastes great.

    I have been including them as part of my weight loss programme for a. Long time now

    • Emma says:

      Hi Marie,

      Thank you for your comment, I’m really glad you liked the article on the benefits of bananas. They are great to have with natural yogurt or as you say with peanut butter on sandwiches.

      If you are also a peanut butter fan you might like to try Trilogy butters which are also quite yummy!

      Good luck on your weight loss journey and please come back for more tips and tricks…

  3. Phil says:

    Hi there,
    This is agreat review and thanks for sharing. I knew all along that bananas were always considered to be a very healthy review and you have given them a serious endorsement here, so well done.
    To me they are still one of my five-a-day and they never fail to dissapoint.
    Cheers and thanks for sharing
    Cheers……Phil Browne

    • Emma says:

      Hi Phil,

      Thanks for your comment and I’m pleased you enjoyed the article. As you are obviously a fruit lover and know the importance of including them in your diet, have you tried any of these healthy exotic fruits yet?

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