Are bananas really as healthy as some say? We looked at the evidence.
Bananas are packed with vitamins and nutrients, and when you eat them regularly, they help maintain and improve your overall health. In other words, eating a banana a day is definitely the way to go to stay healthy.
However, it's important to remember not to overdo it with your daily banana intake. According to Healthline, you should stick to the recommendation of one or two bananas per day, but no more. Eating too much food, even as healthy as bananas, can lead to weight gain or nutrient deficiencies. There are many benefits to your body when you eat a banana every day, and for more healthy eating tips, be sure to check out our list of the 7 healthiest foods to eat right now.
1 You will support your gut health.
Today more than ever, we see the importance of gut health to overall well-being. There are many strategies for eating better for your microbiome, but it can start with a banana. According to a 2017 study review published in Nutrition Bulletin, bananas contain resistant starch, which works to increase the production of short-chain fatty acids, essential for gut health. So, we can thank bananas for stabilizing our gut and providing nutrients to our microbiome.
2 You can lose weight.
One benefit that is never underestimated, eating bananas on a daily basis can help us achieve our weight loss goals. Packed with fiber and protein, bananas will keep you fuller for longer, even though they contain just over 100 calories each. They even made Healthline's list of the 20 most weight loss foods on the planet. So, the next time you go to the grocery store, be sure to buy a bunch of them.
3 You can improve your skin.
When you think of foods that improve your skin, you probably think of salmon, avocados, or maybe nuts, but bananas can be a game-changer when it comes to skin health. This is all due to the vitamins and minerals in bananas, especially manganese which increases collagen levels. Whatever your skin difficulties - acne, wrinkles, dry skin - eating a banana a day can help. Healthline even suggests that a banana face mask might help do the trick, but I think we'll continue to eat our bananas instead.
4 You will improve your energy level.
Especially when consumed before or after a workout, bananas can help boost your energy levels and keep you from feeling fatigued throughout the day. Results from a 2012 PLOS One study of male athletes found that those who refueled with a sports drink every fifteen minutes, as opposed to a banana and water, overall performed worse in long distance cycling races. Therefore, there was a direct correlation between eating a banana and increasing energy levels on performance.
5 You will get a boost in potassium, which supports heart health.
Bananas are known for their potassium, but did you know that potassium can help strengthen your heart? Well, it is absolutely possible, so eating a banana a day can lead to a healthy heart. Most people don't get enough potassium in their daily diet, which can often have a direct impact on blood pressure control and other components of heart health. Additionally, Healthline explains that a diet high in potassium - AKA eating a banana every day - can lower your risk of heart disease by 27%. So now is the time to add this favorite fruit to your daily routine.
6 You will improve your vision (day and night).
As reported by the National Institute of Health, bananas contain vitamin A, which attempts to supplement three things, protect your eyes, follow ordinary vision, and further develop vision at night. So there is no compelling reason to try too hard with your use of carrots and risk your skin turning orange. All other things being equal, the decision is definitely to stick with a banana daily, given that in addition to improving your vision, it has many other medical benefits as well.
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