It is to be included in our daily diet
Bananas are rich in vitamins and fiber; secondly it is also virtually free from fat, cholesterol and sodium.
Bananas are an excellent source of vitamin B6 and contain moderate amounts of vitamin C, manganese and dietary fiber. Ripe bananas were also found to contain serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine. Although bananas are commonly thought to supply exceptional potassium content, it actually is relatively low compared to some other common foods such as beans, milk, apricots, carrots, bell peppers and sweet potatoes. (1)
Benefit of Eating Banana:
As mentioned above banana is rich in Vitamin B6 and it is easily absorbed in your body. Vitamin B6 is also good for pregnant women as it helps meet their baby’s development needs.
A normal banana meets quarter of B6 daily requirement.
Vitamin B6 benefits are:
It metabolizes carbohydrate and fats into energy and it also metabolize amino acid.
It helps in production red blood cell in your body, it also maintain healthy nervous system
Banana is also one of the sources of vitamin C: A normal medium size banana can meet 10% requirement of our daily vitamin C, protects our body against cell and tissue damage, enhance iron absorption. Help in producing collagen a protein which holds skin, body and bone together. It also has role in brain health by producing serotonin that’s helps in managing sleep cycle and mood elevator.
Role of Potassium and Manganese: A normal size banana contains 320-400 mg potassium which meets 10% of our dietary needs where as it is low in sodium. This combination of low sodium and high potassium helps in regulating blood pressure and secondly Potassium is good for the health of heart.
A medium size banana provides 12-15% of our daily manganese need. It helps our body to produce collagen which is good for our skin in shape of providing protection
Banana role in managing digestion and digestive system
Singapore’s Health Promotion Board recommends a daily dietary fiber intake of 20g for women and 26g for men. Banana which is normally found in Indo-Pak contains 10-12 % of fiber.
Banana helps in managing issue of heartburn, stomach ulcer and constipation.
Banana contains both soluble and insoluble fiber. They both play an important role in managing health. Soluble fiber it helps our body to control blood sugar level and get rid of fatty substances such as cholesterol. Whereas insoluble fiber good for softness to stools, making it easier for you to have regular bowel movements. This helps to keep your gut healthy and safe from harmful bacteria. Bananas, especially newly-ripened ones, contain starch that does not digest (resistant starch) in your small intestine and is able to pass into the large intestine. Such bananas help you manage your weight better as you stay full for longer. (2)
Banana provides energy to our body:
It contain three natural sugars such as sucrose, fructose and glucose, secondly providing us fat and cholesterol free source of energy. Bananas are ideal, especially for children and athletes, for breakfast, as a midday snack or before and after sports.
– by Mahmood Hussain, 29 September 2015