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3 Major Reasons Why Bananas are so Important in our Diet

We all grew up eating bananas, but we never realized, as we get older, our body requires more daily nutrients. Did you know that bananas are grown in at least 107 countries and are ranked fourth among the world’s food crops in monetary value? That’s amazing! Doctors always say eat an apple a day keeps the doctors away! Well, that is no longer the case. Doctors are advising patients to consume bananas at moderation because of its many health benefits. Everything we eat these days must be done at moderation because studies have found that even when something is good, too much of it can hurt.

Bananas are sold everywhere and are packed with a variety of vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin, Manganese , Vitamin C, Potassium, Dietary Fiber, Protein, Magnesium, Folate, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin A, and Iron. One medium banana (about 126 grams) is considered to be one serving. One serving of banana contains 110 calories, 30 grams of carbohydrate and 1 gram of protein. Bananas are naturally free of fat, cholesterol and sodium. (medicalnewstoday.com)

Are bananas good for us? Yes! Here are 3 major reasons why bananas are so important in our diet.

  • Bananas have many possible health benefits such as lowering blood pressure, decreases the chance of developing asthma, reduces the risk of developing childhood leukemia, a great source of vitamin C, support heart health, may improve blood sugar, treats diarrhea, preserves memory, boost mood and many more. With just a short list you can see how healthy this curved yellow fruit really packs a punch of nutrients.
  • Adding a banana when you are juicing, making a smoothie, a dessert or even a meat dish is just a few ways to consume this marvelous fruit.
  • Bananas are cheap, not expensive and widely available. Even when you travel you can eat a banana a day. So what is the excuse?

With everything that is widely available to us, recommended by doctors, we are always advised to consume them at moderation. The list above provides you with just 3 major reasons to consume a banana a day. Always remember to ask your doctor, do your research and make sure you keep a list of all the fruits and vegetables you can and cannot consume. This way you are sure to have a daily healthy diet.

To start you off with your daily intake of bananas, here are 3 great recipes to try. Don’t forget to browse Caribbeangreenliving.com for many more. Enjoy!

Upside Down Caramelized Banana Cake
Upside Down Caramelized Banana Cake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

plantain-and-banana-puree
Plantain and Banana Puree

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Braised Curried Lamb Shanks
Braised Curried Lamb Shanks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reference:

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

http://foodmatters.tv/articles-1/25-powerful-reasons-to-eat-bananas

http://www.livestrong.com/article/505406-top-ten-health-benefits-of-bananas/

 

 

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