Bananas are a rich source of nutrients. The most abundant minerals and vitamins found in bananas are Vitamin B6, vitamin C and potassium. Other nutrients include vitamin A, Vitamin B including thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, and folic acid. In addition, it also contains proteins, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, manganese and trace amount of iron and zinc.
In summary, one medium banana contains 105 calories including 1.29 grams of protein, and 3.1 grams of dietary fiber. Specifically, a medium banana contains 23% of the daily requirement of potassium, 41% of Vitamin B6, 33% of the vitamin C requirement, and 23% of required fiber intake. Due to high sugar content in bananas, people with diabetes should avoid this fruit.
Bananas come in a variety of sizes and colors like yellow, purple and even red. They are mostly eaten raw and green ones are generally cooked first. Bananas are also fried and served as desserts with ice cream.The distinct taste of banana is due to the presence of isoamyl acetate.
In addition to the fruit, the flower from the banana plant is used for cooking soups and curries in South India. Some families also cook the core of the plant’s trunk. Incidentally the juice from the core of the trunk is sued to treat kidney stones and high blood pressure, in some countries in the East.
Bananas contain a bundle of energy, and have a lot of health benefits, which are listed below.
It is helpful for digestion, and helpful in diarrhea and constipation.
The presence of Vitamin B in banaas helps ward off pre menstrual symptoms in women.
Bananas are useful also in the treatment of arthritis and gout.
For people deficient in iron, bananas should be an important part of their diet as they stimulate the production of hemoglobin.
Bananas are also a good choice of fruit for people suffering from ulcer, as it helps neutralize the acidity of gastric juices.
Since it is high in potassium, it is good for people suffering with hypertension.
Most of us do not know that bananas also contain tryptophan which is required for serotonin synthesis in the body. Serotonin is an important neurotransmitter which regulates moods and sleep patterns.
All fruits are loaded with nutrients. The list includes watermelon and papaya, both, high in Vitamin C, carotenoids and fiber, oranges and grapefruit also loaded with vitamin C, folate and fiber, apples and apricots, rich in vitamin C and iron, and many more.