Banana’s are yet another misunderstood food. I can’t count how many times a client or patient told me that they avoid bananas, because they have too much sugar. Banana’s do not have more sugar than any other fruit. Bananas though are a bit larger than most other fruit, so the serving size of an average banana may be half. A good portion of the carbohydrate content comes from the fiber that banana’s contain.
One medium banana contains 105 calories, 0.4 grams Fat, 422 mg Potassium, 27 grams Total Carbohydrates, 3 grams Fiber, 14 grams Sugar, and 1.3 grams Protein.
Banana’s are also good sources of Vitamin B6, Potassium, Manganese, Vitamin C, Biotin, and Copper.
Like all fruit and vegetables bananas have many health benefits. Potassium rich diets such as the DASH diet have been shown to be effective at lowering blood pressure. Their high fiber content is potentially helpful at lowering heart disease risk and aiding in digestion/bowel function.
Banana’s are a perfect portable snack. The thick skin of the banana provides the fruit with its own container. Banana’s thick skin also protects the fruit from contamination, so you can safely consume banana’s that are conventional (non-organic).