Heart-shaped banana
Heart-shaped banana

Get your heart pumping this Valentine’s Day

Health & Lifestyle
09 Feb 2018

It is time to start thinking about what your heart truly desires. And no, this doesn’t mean a box of chocolates or a romantic weekend away with your loved one—although, no doubt that would be nice too—this means consuming the right nutrients to keep your heart healthy. Whether you’re a lover or a hater of the Valentine’s Day celebrations, it’s impossible to overlook those red, foil covered, heart-shaped sweets everywhere you go. Let’s just consider them as a friendly reminder from your local shop keepers to love your own heart.

According to an article by the World Health Organization: The top 10 causes of death, heart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide, and has been the leader for more than 15 years. Let’s make a change. With a Chiquita banana in hand, tackle the month of February while focusing on your heart health!

Foods high in potassium, like bananas can stop fatal blockages and inhibit the narrowing of arteries. Studies have found that people with high potassium intake have 24% reduced risk of stroke. Official National Health Service recommends a daily consumption of 3,500mg of potassium. A quarter of which could be met by eating two bananas. The potassium received from bananas helps the heart muscles work properly for efficient blood flow throughout the body.

Bananas are rich in magnesium, another heart-loving nutrient. The average banana contains 8% of magnesium. Magnesium is important for the normal functioning of every organ in the body, above all, the heart. It is essential for a normal heartbeat as it counteracts the action of calcium, which increases spasms. It is often the main treatment for those suffering from irregular heartbeat. Food is medicine, and it’s good for the soul.

Both potassium and magnesium play a crucial role in reducing blood pressure. Potassium counteracts the effect of sodium in the blood, therefore, increasing the amount of blood reaching the heart and allowing more oxygen to reach the cells. Magnesium helps to dilate blood vessels, supporting a strong blood flow. Not only does magnesium lower blood pressure, but it also regulates your heartbeat.

Animal products are commonly linked to heart disease. They are high in cholesterol and saturated fats, building a layer of fatty substance around the arteries that travel to and from the heart. A diet high in cholesterol will create strain on the heart. However, most animal products are also full of the much needed Vitamin B. It may come as a surprise that bananas can act as a replacement! They are a great source of vitamin B-6. In fact, one banana supplies 35 percent of your daily requirement. So, out with the saturated fats, and in with the heart nurturing Chiquita bananas for your source of vitamin B.

Studies have shown that the best way to benefit from these nutrients is to consume it naturally through whole food sources. Not only are bananas incredibly healthy, they’re also one of the most convenient snacks around. Plus, they come neatly packed in their own wrapping paper. So they’re ready to be unwrapped by your loved one this Valentine’s Day.

Chiquita Bananas are tasty, convenient, packed with heart healthy benefits and they truly love you inside and out.