Bananas are one of the world's most popular fruits, commonly available across the globe to eat on their own, sliced up and on top of cereal, in smoothies and many Indian dishes like sheera, kheer, and malpua. This natural "fast" food is not only convenient and easy to take on the go, when you eat one, you'll be flooding your body with all sorts of important nutrients to support better health.
Originally grown around Malaysia, bananas made their way to India and eventually to the West, but it wasn't until 1876 that they reached America's shores. There are many types of bananas, which vary in size, color, and shape, though the most common types if the yellow banana, which is actually green before it ripens.
The average, medium-sized banana contains just 105 calories but is jam-packed with nutrients, including vitamins A, B6, C, potassium, magnesium, copper, manganese, a good amount of fiber and even a small amount of protein.
Here's a look at just what happens to your body when you eat a humble banana.
1. You'll Improve Your Digestive Health
The average banana contains about three grams of fiber. A ripe banana contains pectin fiber, while an unripe banana contains resistant starch. As dietary fiber is known to help improve digestion, when you eat a banana you'll be supporting your digestive health. In addition to aiding digestion, the pectin in ripe bananas helps to eliminate heavy metals and toxins in the body.
The high amount of fiber in bananas also gives the fruit the ability to address problems like constipation by normalizing bowel motility. On the opposite end of the spectrum, they also soothe the digestive tract to aid in restoring lost electrolytes after a bout of diarrhea. Bananas are also considered to work as a potent natural antacid, offering relief from issues like heartburn and acid reflux.
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