Health & Benefits
March 31st 2020 ・ 10 min reading
Packed with loads of vitamins and minerals, bananas are indeed one of the world’s best superfoods, and win hands down as a healthy snack compared to other highly processed foods. Bananas provide plenty of “good” natural sugar – fructose – and a generous helping of fiber that helps the sugar break down more slowly preventing those dreaded sugar spikes and crashes. Their modest amount of good, metabolism-boosting carbs (about 30g per medium banana) means they are even recommended in some diabetic diets to satisfy sweet cravings.
Another benefit of bananas is their high level of fiber which keeps you feeling full for longer. The fiber is known as “soluble fiber” – that can also help drive down bad cholesterol and reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and type 2 diabetes. With the high fiber content in bananas (making them a long lasting source of energy), it’s no wonder endurance athletes and runners around the world love Chiquita bananas. We partner with many marathons around the world including the famous New York, Disney and Athens marathons.
Bananas are also crammed with antioxidants and essential vitamins such as riboflavin (vitamin B2) – which helps to prevent anaemia, cataracts, cracked lips, and keeps your skin looking great. B2 is also important in maintaining the body’s energy supply and helps us absorb and activate other beneficial vitamins and minerals our body needs to function properly.
When bananas are still a little green, they’re a great source of resistant starch. This starch is called “resistant” because it resists digestion, meaning our bodies digest it more slowly. Our bodies extract far fewer calories from a banana than from an equivalent amount of a processed sweet treat – like cookies and candy. What’s more, bananas are a great healthy snack for most kinds of diets such as paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, Whole30, grain-free, sugar-free, or plant-based diets. Even better yet it can be used as a sugar substitute for baking given that is a natural sweetener.
Bananas are so useful and easy to add to any healthy snack or breakfast recipe. For a “grab and go” breakfast, peanut butter and bananas are a match made in heaven. Banana smoothies, banana bread and banana fruit bowls, or simply sliced on top of cereal adds a wholesome and nutritious boost to your morning routine.
Bananas are great to buy in bunches (or two) as you never have to worry about them getting too ripe. You can easily peel and freeze overripe bananas and use them in delicious banana smoothies or baked banana recipes (like everyone’s favorite banana bread) at a later date and they serve as a natural sweetener to your bake goods.
These eight reasons to eat bananas are just the beginning! The benefits of bananas extend well beyond these eight reasons. They’re not just a healthy snack, they’re one of the world’s best superfoods, but can also be used as a natural sweetener. And when it comes to convenient, biodegradable packaging – nothing beats the trusty banana!
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