Superfruit Sunday: Bananas

Banana

Give it up for this week’s super fruit, bananas! Bananas are such a quick, easy, and affordable roughly (40-60 cents per pound) fruit that all families should have as a staple in their kitchen.

What are some of the healthy benefits of bananas?

– Potassium: We all know, or at least hear, that bananas have a lot of potassium…but what does that actually mean for our bodies and health? Potassium is important in maintaining the salt  and water balance throughout our bodies and maintaining the osmotic pressure in our cells. Potassium is also fairly important in the creating strong and sturdy bones. Getting an adequate amount of potassium is crucial for proper kidney regulation and heart health.

-mood calmer: as a great source of tryptophan and serotonin, bananas are a perfect snack to consume before a race, a performance, and even before sleep. the tryptophan, which converts into serotonin, is a hormone that has a calming effect on the brain.

-fiber: the high amount of fiber in bananas helps relieve constipation and keep your digestive system regular.

-vitamin B6: bananas have about 30% of your day’s worth of vitamin B6 in a medium banana, a vitamin that has many roles in your body. From proper cell formation, an anti-inflammatory agent, and an important agent in nervous cell function, bananas are a great addition to a healthy diet!

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