Why eat bananas?

banana-1776Bananas are one of our favourite fruits in the UK and with very good reason. High in lots of great nutrients such as magnesium, chromium, folic acid and 6 different vitamins including vitamin B6, bananas are brilliant for keeping us healthy in the winter. But more than anything else, bananas are a wonderful source of potassium. Adults need 3,500 mg of potassium a day and the average banana contains 467 mg of potassium. Potassium is fantastic for improving cardiovascular health, building muscle and supporting bones. Researchers even suggest that people suffering from high blood pressure could benefit from eating a couple of bananas a day due to the high levels of potassium. According to the Telegraph, postmenopausal women who eat foods that are rich in potassium such as bananas are less likely to have strokes

Bananas are also great for anyone trying to lose weight as the fibre in bananas help to curb your appetite and can even hinder the absorption of carbohydrates by the body which forces the body to burn fat instead.

Try slicing a banana onto your breakfast cereal in the morning, or whizzing it up with some yoghurt and berries for a lovely smoothie!

Blog, NutritionClaire Edwards