Nutritional Facts Friday: Bananas

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1 large banana counts as 1 cup of fruit

  • Best sources of Potassium! This mineral helps to maintain blood pressure and heart function. Eating a banana a day may help prevent high blood pressure and protect against atherosclerosis.
  • Bone health! Potassium may counteract the increased urinary calcium loss caused by the high-salt diets typical of most americans, thus ¬†helping to prevent bones from thinning out at a fast rate
  • Antacid effects: protect against ulcers and ulcer damage.
  • Eye health: Data reported that eating 3 or more servings of fruit per day may lower your risk of age-related macular degeneration, the primary cause of vision loss in older adults, by 36% compared to persons who consume less than 1.5 servings of fruit daily.
  • Women eating bananas 4-6 times a week halved their risk of developing kidney cancer. Bananas and many root vegetables contain especially high amounts of antioxidant phenolic compounds.

Storing bananas:

  • Bananas should be left to ripen at room temperatures and not be subjected to very hot or cold temperatures. Bananas should not be placed in the fridge as this will interrupt the ripening process.
  • Banans can also be frozen and will keep for about 2 months

Ways to eat banana:

source: wholefoods.com

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