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Benefits of Eating Banana

Benefits of eating banana
Atefa Noorain
Atefa Noorain
September01/ 2016

Banana is one of the most healthy and popular fruit globally. Banana contains many essential nutrients and is beneficial for proper functioning of the body. Bananas are available all around the world in different sizes, shapes and colours. The most common type of banana available in most of the countries is the yellow banana. This fruits is liked by people of all age groups.

Nutrients in Banana

Banana is known for its nutritional content as it contains a wide variety of nutrients. The important nutrients present in banana are:

  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin C
  • Magnesium
  • Potassium
  • Copper Manganese
  • Carbohydrates
  • Fiber
  • Protein
  • Fat

Eating one banana can provide 105 calories to your body. The fat content is very less in bananas and the very little protein content is present in bananas. The unripe banana contains mostly starch and is converted into sugars after ripening.

Benefits of Eating Banana

There are many benefits of eating banana. The most common benefits are:

  • Increases energy

Bananas are an essential source of energy and it can provide instant energy to your body. Professional athletes generally depend on bananas during the games.  Banana contains natural sugars that are beneficial for your body. Combination of natural sugars and fibers helps in providing instant energy before or after any physical activity. The energy generated by eating bananas is much more consistent than any other candy bars.

  • Lose weight

Banana helps in losing weight and satisfies your sweet craving. The Junk food and candies can be replaced with banana as it contains natural sugars and boost the energy without increase the calorie intake.

  • Improves digestion

Fiber is required for our digestive system to work properly as it will assist the food to travel smoothly through the digestive tract. Bananas contain more of dietary fiber content that improves the digestion process. Banana is also known to improve the bowel movements.

  • Potassium rich food product

Potassium is an essential mineral that helps in regulating your blood pressure and improves proper functioning of heart. The potassium content in bananas also has a positive impact on kidneys and bones.

  • Cure ulcers

Bananas balance the ph of the stomach and improve the protective mucus layer and thus make it thicker. It is also known relieve pain. Eating banana regularly can prevent stomach ulcers and also prevents the damage caused due to hydrochloric acid. The bacteria that are responsible for causing stomach ulcers can also be removed with the help of protease inhibitors present in banana.

  • Vitamin B6

Vitamin B6 is important for creating haemoglobin in the body and it can also control the blood sugar levels in the body. It produces antibodies that help in developing a stronger immune system in the body.

  • Anti-cancerous

The completely ripen banana with dark spots can produce a cytokine TNF-a. TNF-a can increase the white blood cell count and thus boost the immunity to fight against cancerous cells.

  • Reduce stress

The amino acid tryptophan is present in bananas which get converted into serotonin in your body. Presence of proper serotonin levels in the body improves your mood and reduces stress. Serotonin levels can also regulate the sleep patterns.

Atefa Noorain
Atefa Noorain

Atefa Noorain, (Microbiologist) former Head of the Department of Life Sciences, Assistant Professor of Microbiology at Sujatha Degree College for Women. She worked as an Associate Research Analyst at Thomson Reuters and an Associate Editor of two research journals. She has presented her research work in 3 International Conferences. She has written articles for national journals and international journals. She had been felicitated as a Young Speaker in the last conference. She has worked on Nanoparticles as a part of her research project and won the Best Scientist of the Day award.

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