Healthful Food Series: Benefits of Bananas

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Does anyone else out there like cold bananas!? I love putting them in the refrigerator and if you’ve never tried them this way I highly recommend. Anyways, below are some health benefits of this beautiful yellow fruit!

Heart Healthy

Bananas are a strong source of important nutrients like Vitamin C, fiber, and potassium, all of which may help reduce the risk of heart disease. Potassium is highly recommended and can help with high blood pressure, particularly if you follow a low sodium diet.

Good Source of Fiber & Keeping You Regular

Like any foods with a solid fiber content, bananas can help keep you regular in the bathroom (if ya know what I mean). Fiber also helps keep off hunger by making you feel full longer, so a banana is a great snack choice!

Workout Recovery

If you exercise and are looking for a healthy snack option, look no further! Bananas are a great post-workout snack as they are said to help with muscle recovery following a sweat sesh! Your muscles need protein as well, so toss a banana and your favorite protein powder into a blender to make a delicious and nutritious smoothie.

Ways to Enjoy Bananas

  • Dipped in chocolate – yum.
  • Sliced and served on toast or rice cakes with peanut butter.
  • As a cereal topping!
  • Literally in any smoothie.
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Please note that I am not a certified nutritionist. You should always consult your doctor with any diet changes or questions.

References

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/11-proven-benefits-of-bananas#section4

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/271157.php

https://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/health-benefits-bananas#2

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