7 October 2016
Eating a diet high in fruits and vegetables is linked to a lower risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer and type 2 diabetes. Adults need at least 2 cups of fruit per day and are encouraged to make half their plate at each meal fruits and vegetables. Bananas are a nutritious way to add fruit to your diet.

Macronutrients
One medium-sized banana contains 110 calories, 1 gram of protein and no fat or cholesterol. Bananas are made up mostly of carbohydrates, supplying 10 percent of your recommended intake of this macronutrient. In total, one banana contains 30 grams of carbohydrates, 19 of which come from of sugar.

Fibre
One banana contains 3 grams of fibre, which is 12 percent of the daily recommended intake. Adult women need 25 to 28 grams of fibre per day, while adult men need 31 to 34 grams. Fibre is important for digestion and helps prevent constipation. A diet high in fibre is associated with a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease, colon cancer, haemorrhoids, irritable bowel syndrome, diverticulitis and Type 2 diabetes.

Vitamins
Bananas are an excellent source of vitamin C, providing 9 milligrams per banana and contributing 15 percent of your daily recommended intake. Vitamin C is important to protect your body against illness by helping your immune system function properly. Vitamin C helps to keep teeth and gums healthy, and it aids in healing of cuts and wounds. Bananas provide other essential vitamins including vitamin B-6, folate, riboflavin, niacin and vitamin A.

Minerals
One banana supplies 2 percent of the daily recommended intake for iron. Iron is a component of the protein that regulates oxygen transport in your blood. It is also required for cell growth. Bananas are also a good source of potassium, manganese and magnesium.

Other ‘uses’

  • Chuck your old banana skin on your roses – they are potassium rich and great for flowers and are also meant to keep aphids away.

  • Clean your shoes and silver with a de-stringed peel, (I don’t know if it works! – just read it, let me know if it does).

  • Lastly….rubbing a wart with the inside of the peel is supposed to get rid of it.