Bananas are great. They’re portable, have their own wrapper, tasty, go well with peanut butter or ice cream or chocolate, make an awesome cake, and to make things even better, they are really good for you, too.
Everyone knows that bananas contain lots of potassium but what other nutrients do we get from them?
Bananas are loaded with both simple and complex sugars (carbohydrates) that provide energy. That makes them great as a pre-workout booster.
There’s also plenty of dietary fiber inside, which helps make you feel full, so bananas can be used to stave off cravings for less healthful snacks.
Tack onto these benefits 15% of your daily requirement of vitamin C and 20% of your daily value of B6. The vitamin C aids your immune system by helping with iron absorption, healing and the manufacture of blood, while the B6 assists the body in synthesizing antibodies.
As members of the fruit group, bananas count as one of your daily fruit and veggie servings. They make a perfect complement to any breakfast, a quick and easy between-meals treat, or healthy dessert dishes, whether all by themselves or in combination with other fruits and berries.
On average, a banana provides about 100-110 calories with 450mg of potassium, 3g of soluble fiber, and 30g of carbs. That may seem like a lot of carbs for one serving, and it is, but this is because bananas are starchy by nature—a benefit for those using up lots of energy exercising.
Carbohydrates are essential if you want natural, sustained energy for a workout. Although commercially produced energy drinks and energy bars can provide a nice intense, but short, burst of energy, research has shown that a single banana can give you a 20% energy boost for 2 hours.
What’s more, for replenishing energy throughout the day, cheap and tasty bananas can hardly be beat, especially when you consider the comparative cost of power bars, energy drinks and supplements—one more good reason to go bananas!
Alfablue, January 2013