There is no formal definition of the term “superfood” and it’s use is purely subjective, however it is thought that a superfood will be nutrient-dense and provide many compounds that contribute to good health!
It is worth remembering that no food including those labelled “superfoods” can compensate for unhealthy eating. The bottom line is you should get a variety of foods to ensure you get enough of the nutrients your body needs to function properly. Finding the right foods can be challenging but really there are loads of so-called “superfoods” that are inexpensive, easy to find and should be included in everyone’s shopping basket. Bananas are one of natures great snack foods but did you know just how good they are for you? If bananas aren’t regularly included in your weekly shopping list here’s a few reasons why they should be:
Bananas are known for their high potassium content with over 400MG of potassium in a single medium-size banana. This mineral is essential for maintaining proper heart function and regulating normal blood pressure. Research by the New England Journal of Medicine suggests eating bananas regularly in your diet can cut your risk of having a stroke by up to 40%.
Even with the proliferation of brightly coloured “sports” drinks and energy bars it’s not uncommon – if you watch tennis on TV – to see players snacking on a banana between games. If a banana can keep a professional tennis player going, it’s got to rank high in the energy source stakes.
Bananas are naturally sweet and can help curb your sweet tooth. A six-inch banana has roughly 90 calories – about a quarter of the calories you would get from a chocolate bar. Additionally, about half of the fibre content in bananas is soluble. When soluble fibre reaches your digestive track, it absorbs water and slows digestion. If you have a banana before lunch, food is forced to sit in your stomach and you’ll be less likely to over-eat when lunch arrives.
As with many fruits, bananas contain a good amount of Vitamin C. One banana provides about 10MG of Vitamin C or about 15 percent of the daily recommended amount. Vitamin C boosts your immune system and cell health and improves the absorption of other nutrients such as iron.
Bananas are an excellent source of Vitamin B6. One banana supplies 35% of your daily B5 requirement. Your body uses Vitamin B6 to grow new cells.
Bananas also deliver small amounts of other vitamins and minerals. A banana provides Iron, Magnesium, Calcium and Phosphorus as well as Vitamins A and E, Folate, Carotene and Choline. Bananas also contain trace amounts of many amino acids.
I could go on but my point is the banana is a “superfood” that punches nutritionally well above its weight.
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