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Updated 26 March 2014

Why bananas are good for you

Bananas are a good source of both potassium and vitamin B6. They not only help to maintain bowel health, but are also good energy-boosting snacks.

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Bananas are a good source of both potassium and vitamin B6. They not only help to maintain bowel health, but are also good energy-boosting snacks.

As bananas ripen, their starch is converted into sugar. Bananas help to maintain blood sugar levels and it is also a fruit  which is easily digested.

Boost your immune system

Here's another reason to eat bananas: too little vitamin B6  in the diet can hamper our immune systems by depressing the white blood cells' ability to mature. This could make you more prone to infections like colds and flu.

Bananas can be eaten daily, within limits. A banana weighing 100g contains about 384 kilojoules, and a big banana counts as two fruit portions.

Zap stress

Chronic stress  takes its toll on our vitamin B6 stores. So, eat more bananas when you're stressed.

And eat your bananas ripe - the ripe fruit contain more nutrients.

Fresh, ripe bananas are a very good source of fruit sugars and can give a quick energy boost.

Nutritional facts

Calories62
Potassium270 mg
Vitamin B60.19 mg
Vitamin C7 mg
Niacin0.5 g
Per 100g ready-to-eat, weighed with the skin



(Photo of child eating a banana  from Shutterstock)

 
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