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Banana: why you should eat it every day

Remember this article about not feeding monkeys in the zoo any banana? One zoo in the UK banned the use of banana to feed their monkeys. This is because they said that eating bananas are bad for the monkeys’ health. This news stirred the banana loving humans.

Though the zoo claimed that this ban should not in any way affect humans, some of us are of course, rattled by this.

So, if you’re still wondering if eating a banana every day is still good for you, read on:

Banana Health Benefits

Potassium

We all know that bananas contain potassium, and a medium-sized banana has 422 mg potassium. This is 12% of the daily recommended consumption. If you consume potassium closer to the daily recommendation, then you are at a lower risk for stroke.

Natural sports drink

Did you know that a study was conducted in athletes comparing the effect on consuming bananas and a sports drink? And what’s the verdict? Not only can you eat a banana as an alternative to drinking, let’s say Gatorade, but it’s natural too. One banana can give you 102 calories, 17% of daily recommended vitamin C intake and 3 g of fiber. A banana can also give you 27 g of carbohydrates.

So next time you work out and require a sports drink, take a banana instead. It’s also cheaper.

Happy chemicals

Eating a banana also gives us  serotonin and dopamine. We know that these are happy chemicals that help improve the body’s antioxidant abilities and aids with stress.

Here are other health benefits of bananas:

 

So what are you waiting for? Make sure you have bananas listed down on your grocery list! 😀

 

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