The American Heart Association suggests that bananas are part of a healthy diet, because:
1. They contain no fat, sodium or cholesterol.
2. They are high in potassium and B6, so eating a banana a day can reduce your risk of high blood-pressure and stroke.
3. They are a good source of Vitamin C, magnesium, and fiber.
4. They are also a great source of iron and can stimulate production of hemoglobin in the blood.
5. They can help replace electrolytes lost due to diarrhea (and they’re good if you ‘re constipated, too).
Some people are concerned that if you eat bananas, you’ll gain weight. But as a diet food, bananas are great because:
6. They’re low in calories – a 7 to 8 inch banana only contains 105 calories.
7. Many dieters don’t get enough potassium; as mentioned above, bananas are a great source of this.
8. They are a cheap fruit, easy to transport, and available year-round.
9. For most people, they’re easy to digest.
10. They contain glucose, fructose and sucrose – making them great as both a prolonged and immediate source of energy. Bananas are considered a great snack for endurance athletes.
Unless you’re in the small minority who are sensitive to sugar, you can and should eat fruit … including bananas! They can even help you sleep.