Bananas: More than your Average Fruit?

Bananas are a wonderful thing. I am not exaggerating when I say I eat 3-4 bananas a day, and while I am not suggesting that you do the same, I am suggesting that you open your minds to this wonderful fruit and embrace the many benefits it has to offer.

According to the US Department of Agriculture, bananas are the most vastly consumed fruits in the world. I suppose my rather high consumption of the fruit plays into this statistic. Bananas are full of fibre, potassium, magnesium, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin C, and they also act as an antioxidant to the human body through means of their absorption of free radicals.

One banana has approximately 100-150 calories, depending on its size, and almost 3 grams of fibre, which is why this fruit is more filling than others. Their high potassium content encourages the movement of electrolytes throughout the human body, meaning they are good for heart health. Even better, some nutritionists claim they can boost one’s mood due to their elevated levels of tryptophan, which is converted into serotonin, which is what heightens a persons overall mood and feeling of happiness (http://www.livescience.com/45005-banana-nutrition-facts.html).

In case the numerous health benefits that bananas offer have not yet persuaded you to ingest one today, here are some interesting facts about this mighty fruit, all referenced from www.todayifoundout.com (http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2010/09/15-facts-you-probably-didnt-know-about-bananas/):

(1) There are over 1000 various banana plant types in the world, but a majority of these types are unpalatable

(2) Bananas are the 4th largest agricultural product in the world, only succeeded by wheat, rice and corn

(3) A cluster of bananas is called a ‘hand’

(4) A single banana is called a ‘finger’

(5) Ugandans consume approximately 500 pounds of bananas a year, per person

I think it is safe to say that the Ugandans have me beat in terms of yearly banana consumption, but I am quite content with my love for this fruit and all of its terrific benefits. Grab one for a snack today and make use of its multitude of nutrients!

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