Banana is an edible fruit which varies in size, color and firmness. Banana is one of the most widely consumed fruits in the world, its rich in minerals and vitamins, 126 grams of banana contains 110 calories, 30 grams of carbohydrate and 1 gram of protein, other nutrients include:
• Vitamin B6 – .5mg
• Manganese – .3mg
• Vitamin C – 9mg
• Potassium – 450mg
• Dietary Fiber – 3g
• Magnesium – 34mg
• Folate – 25.0mcg
• Riboflavin -.1mg
• Niacin – .8mg
• Vitamin A – 81 IU
• Iron – .3mg
Eating banana can provide your body with the following health benefits
Weight Loss: Banana is rich in fiber, eating fiber can be linked to lower body weight and weight loss and banana also contains starch which may reduce appetite.
Heart Health: Banana is rich in potassium, potassium helps maintain fluid levels in the body and regulates movement of nutrient and waste products in and out of cells, it lowers blood pressure, keeps the heart beating regularly and also reduces the risk of kidney stone. Banana also contains magnesium which is also good for heart health.
Improve Insulin Sensitivity: Insulin resistance is linked with type 2 diabetes. Unripe banana contains resistant starch; resistant starch may improve insulin sensitivity and prevent diabetes.
Improves Digestion: Banana contains two types of fiber called pectin and resistant starch. Pectin is found in ripe banana, it aids digestion and may protect against colon cancer. Resistant starch is found in unripe banana, it serves as food for gut bacteria in the large intestine.