Benefits of Eating the Best Bananas | Chiquita
Are bananas good for you? Of course! Chiquita bananas are one of the greatest healthy eating snacks. Did you know, the scientific name for bananas is ‘musa sapientum’ or ‘fruit of the wise men’. And with all the benefits of bananas (they contain fiber, potassium and vitamin B6) we do, indeed, agree it’s wise to eat as many as you can. Truly one of the best superfoods, the benefits of bananas are really bananas!
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Healthy snacks? Chiquita Bananas has you covered.
Are you looking for healthy snacks that are packed with great healthy benefits, the best taste and excellent quality? Then grab a Chiquita banana and enjoy the world’s most perfect superfood. Why is the banana so perfect you might ask? Bananas are one of the best superfoods. Great for general snacking and as convenient snacks for kids, bananas are a source of essential vitamins B6. Bananas are also one of the best potassium source fruits which make them important for maintaining normal blood pressure, and normal functioning of the nervous system.
Check out more about our bananas here to see what makes Chiquita Bananas the best healthy snack.
Banana nutrition – what’s not to love?
What are the other benefits of bananas? They can actually make you feel good! Dopamine from bananas might not actually cross the blood-brain barrier to lift your mood, but they do act as powerful antioxidants. In fact, several antioxidant flavonoids are found in bananas – most notably catechins – which have been linked to various health benefits. With no fats or cholesterol, bananas are great for general snacking.
Why are bananas one of the healthiest fruits? Because they’re virtually fat and cholesterol free making them a healthy snack option for just about everyone. Chiquita bananas are also a great source of resistant starch, particularly when they are still a little green. This starch is called “resistant” because it resists digestion: our bodies digest it extra slowly. This means far fewer calories can be extracted from a banana than from an equivalent amount of a cookie or candy. Also, if you’re on a special diet (paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, Whole30, grain-free, sugar-free, or plant-based) a Chiquita banana is a great substitute for refined sugar, eggs or flour.
Packed with potassium, bananas are truly one of the best superfoods. Potassium can help lower blood pressure, protect the heart, and reduce the risk of heart disease. It also helps support the nervous system and improves muscle function, enabling you to recover faster from a tough workout. The great thing about bananas is that one medium-sized banana packs a whopping 400 milligrams of potassium, nearly 10 percent of the recommended daily value.
Another benefit of bananas is that they’re crammed full of antioxidants and essential minerals such as riboflavin (vitamin B2) – which helps with cell growth, anemia, cataracts and even cracked lips. Vitamin B2 is also important in maintaining the body’s energy supply and helps us to absorb and activate essential vitamins and minerals. A banana contains 35% of your recommended daily amount of Vitamin B6, and a healthy helping of manganese, magnesium, Vitamin A, iron, and copper. Vitamins E and C are also great for our immune systems and keeping our skin looking and feeling rejuvenated. One of the best superfoods, indeed!
Vitamin C is nature’s incredible all-rounder, helping us maintain a healthy immune system. There are about 10 milligrams of Vitamin C in each banana – so we like to think of bananas as quite the hero when it comes to supporting our body’s natural defenses. Chiquita bananas are a fantastic healthy snack because they’re full of fibre – and the good kind of soluble fibre – that’s great for keeping cholesterol down and reducing the risk of coronary heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
Another great benefit of bananas is their ability to give us energy. Whenever we’re exercising, we need every energy boost we can get. As well as being power-packed with vitamins – bananas also contain simple carbohydrates, which are a great way to get a quick burst of energy. Whether you’re going for a run, playing tennis or about to hit a yoga class, bananas are a great pre workout snack that are easy to digest. With bananas as an incredible source of energy, it’s no secret the running community loves Chiquita bananas. Chiquita partners with many runners and marathons around the world including the famous New York, Disney and Athens races.
Do you really know how to open a Chiquita banana?
Do you see the stem end of the banana that people always try to open, where it was cut from the plant? Well, turn your banana upside down and focus on the nubby, pointed tip at the opposite end. Pinch this between your first finger and thumb — this will split the skin of the banana cleanly, allowing you to peel it back. Easy peel-sy!
Bananas really are the ultimate fast food, as they come in their own handy packaging, which is not only tough – so they travel easily – but also compostable!
The best pre and post workout snacks
Working hard to lose weight and get fit? Try bananas as a pre or post workout snack. Bananas may be sweet but a whole medium Chiquita banana contains only around 110 calories, which makes bananas a low calorie snack and great for diet snacking!
Chiquita bananas are also a great source of resistant starch, especially when they’re still a little green. This starch is called “resistant” because it resists digestion – so our bodies digest it more slowly. This means our bodies extract far fewer calories from a greener banana than from an equivalent amount of sweet foods like cookies or candies.
Why else are bananas the healthiest fruit? They’re full of fiber!
Bananas are hailed as the best superfoods for many reasons. Their good level of fiber and heart healthy fats means you feel fuller for longer – which is great news if you’re on a diet (and why Chiquita bananas are part of many detox and weight loss plans). The fiber is also a special kind of fiber – soluble fiber – that drives down bad cholesterol and reduces the risk of coronary heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
Bananas can aid digestion and help beat gastrointestinal issues (thanks to a helpful amount of soluble fiber) and their natural sugars that provide a long-lasting boost of energy. For a healthy diet you’ll love sticking to, try our delicious and super easy banana bread recipes and other breakfast recipes!
The greatest healthy eating snacks for athletes!
If you’re an athlete, bananas are truly the greatest healthy eating snacks. Their nutrient value can’t be beaten, and when you’re playing sports, you need as much energy as you can get. Bananas also contain simple carbohydrates which are a great way to get a quick burst of energy. Whether you’re diet snacking, just general snacking or you need a healthy snack to fuel your workout, bananas have you covered!
In terms of general health benefits, bananas win hands down compared to many pre-prepared processed snacks. They provide a “good” natural sugar (fructose) and a generous helping of fiber that means the fruit itself is slowly digested and absorbed, preventing the dreaded sugar spike and crash.
Can bananas protect your immune system?
Banana nutrition – it’s a thing! According to the Linus Pauling Institute, the immune system needs adequate protein, essential fatty acids and at least 11 vitamins and minerals that work together to keep it healthy. One medium banana, which is 7 to 8 inches long, has 2% of the recommended daily intake of 5 of the 11 nutrients: iron, zinc, vitamin A, selenium and protein. It also provides larger amounts of four other nutrients essential to a normal immune response system.
Six great reasons to choose Chiquita bananas for your baby
Did you know you can mix all sorts of different foods with bananas for your baby? For example, you can mix bananas with rice porridge, apple sauce, carrot puree (or any vegetable puree) for a naturally sweet and easy to digest meal for your little one. And it’s a taste they probably already love!
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