Ever wonder what banana nutrition facts have to offer? We all
love bananas, but do we really know what they have to offer? Let's find out below!
First of all what is potassium?
Potassium is a mineral/electrolyte that is very important for the proper functioning of all cells, organs and tissues in the body. It works in the form of fluid within the body, acting as an electrolyte with other minerals such as: chloride, calcium, etc…
Potassium helps to keep major organs functioning properly, such as the: heart, brain, kidney, all of the muscle tissues etc... And one of its most important roles is helping to maintain the nerves system by sending signals to the body’s metabolism telling it to use protein, carbohydrates and fat for energy.
Just one medium sized banana contains around 422mg of potassium. Most people get all of the potassium they need from a well balanced “healthy” diet rich in fruits and vegetables.
Yes, bananas are an excellent source of dietary fiber. Just 1 cup of a freshly sliced banana offers 3 to 4 grams of fiber. Making sure you get enough fiber “daily” is hard; because, most processed foods have little to no fiber. That is one of the reasons why eating a diet rich in raw fruits and vegetables is so good for you = nutrition + fiber.
How does Fiber Work?
Fiber is a term that is used to describe the different parts of foods that cannot be digested. It sounds a little strange, but it is a good thing!
When food is eaten that is rich in fiber, it goes down the throat, travels all the way down to the intestines where it is broken down and the nutrients are absorbed by the body, and then the “fiber” (the indigestible part) carries the leftovers (toxins) out of the body.
So, it is very important that you are getting enough daily fiber to carry the waste out from the leftover food that you ate!
Iron is absolutely essential for the transportation of oxygen to cells for new cell growth. It is part of the hemoglobin which is the oxygen-carrying component in the blood. People who are deficient in iron often tire easily; because, their bodies are being deprived of oxygen due to lack of iron.
Roughly, one regular sized banana contains around .31mg of iron, which if you are looking to up your dietary iron intake – bananas are an excellent addition!
If you want to increase your banana intake...smoothies are an excellent choice.
Creamy, healthy and tasty, a banana smoothie is easy to make, and chances are, all of the ingredients that you will need will be right in your refrigerator. Bananas go well with everything from coffee to peanut butter to any type of fruit you want!
Check out the recipes in the link below!