Bananas are one of the most popular fruits all around the world, due to their unique taste and high amounts of nutrients. They are rich in minerals, vitamins, and other nutrients, but low in calories and contain no fat or cholesterol, so they offer countless health benefits.
We give you 10 great reasons to start eating bananas on a daily basis:
— Bananas improve sleep, treat depression and anxiety since they are high in tryptophan, a precursor to serotonin
— Bananas are low in sodium but rich in potassium, so they lower blood pressure and prevent cardiovascular problems
— Bananas control blood sugar levels, so you can prevent glucose spikes by eating a banana
— Bananas prevent the formation of kidney stones
— Bananas are rich in fiber, so they improve digestion, prevent indigestion and bloating, and normalize the bowel movements.
— Bananas are abundant in potassium that improves the function of the brain
— The high vitamin B6 content of bananas fights inflammation and prevents joint issues
— Bananas are a rich source of iron that supports the production of new red blood cells and treats anemia
— Bananas improve the calcium absorption in the body and strengthen the bones
— Bananas can help you increase your energy levels and nourish the muscles with the needed minerals and vitamins
Here are several fun facts about bananas you probably didn’t know, even if you are a banana lover:
- Bananas have been mentioned in ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs.
- In the past, bananas were grown in Florida and southern California, but now, Hawaii is the only place in the U.S. where bananas are grown commercially. Therefore, most of the bananas we buy are actually brought from Latin America and South America, including Costa Rica, Ecuador, Colombia, Honduras, Panama, and Guatemala.
- The bananas we buy in the supermarket are from the type known as a Cavendish banana
- The scientific name for these fruits is Musa Sapientum, meaning “fruit of the wise men.”
- Bananas float in water, just like apples and watermelons.
- 51 percent of bananas are eaten for breakfast at home.
- Bananas don’t grow on trees, in fact, they grow on large plants, classified as herbs, and members of the same family as lilies, orchids, and palms.
- Bananas are technically berries
- Some wild banana varieties include green-and-white striped bananas with pulp the color of orange sherbet, bubblegum pink bananas with fuzzy skins, and bananas that taste like strawberries when cooked.
- In Japan and some other cultures, the fiber in bananas is used for the production of fabric and paper