There’s good reason bananas top the list as Australia’s most popular fruit. Not only are they delicious and home grown, they’re packed full of a whole range of nutritional benefits ranging from vitamins and minerals to fibre and antioxidants.
So let’s peel back the nutritional benefits of the humble banana…
The banana (nutrient) split
When it comes to what’s in bananas, there’s a whole lot of nutrients in one convenient package.
Just one average sized banana contains:
- Vitamin B6: 33 per cent of the recommended daily intake
- Manganese: 14 per cent of the recommended daily intake
- Vitamin C: 11 per cent of the recommended daily intake
- Copper: 10 per cent of the recommended daily intake
- Potassium – 9 per cent of the recommended daily intake
- Magnesium: 8 per cent of the recommended daily intake
- Net carbs: 24 grams
- Fibre: 3.1 grams
- Protein: 1.3 grams
- Fat: 0.4 grams
But what do all these nutritional little gems offer when it comes to improving our health?
A bit about B6
Vitamin B6 is a bit of an all-rounder in the vitamin stakes and bananas pack a whole lot of B6 punch.
You need Vitamin B6 to fight off infections, and help carry blood supply to all areas of your body, while it also affects everything from your skin to your mood, sleep, appetite and concentration.
In pregnant women, B6 is also essential when it comes to meeting the growing needs of your baby
Vitamin B6 helps your body:
- produce red blood cells
- metabolise carbohydrates and fats, turning them into energy
- metabolise amino acids
- remove unwanted chemicals from your liver and kidneys, and
- maintain a healthy nervous system
The vital stats on Vitamin C
Bananas may not be the first fruit that springs to mind when it comes to Vitamin C, but make no mistake they punch above their weight when it comes to topping up your daily intake.
The average banana will tick off 11 per cent of the Vitamin C you require daily, offering benefits that range from skin health to serotonin production and iron absorption.
- helps protect your body against cell and tissue damage
- assists with healing
- assists your body absorb iron
- aids in the production of collagen
- supports brain health by producing serotonin
The human body does not produce manganese, but it’s more than happy to store it, using it for an array of essential purposes along the way.
Manganese has been linked to:
- improved bone health and density
- antioxidants that reduce disease risk
- reducing inflammation
- blood sugar regulation
- the metabolism of nutrients
- improved brain function
- wound healing
Magnesium and potassium
Both magnesium and potassium are considered essential minerals when it comes to regulating blood pressure. They also each play a role in muscle and nerve function.
Magnesium is used for:
- Energy creation: Helps convert food into energy.
- Protein formation: Helps create new proteins from amino acids.
- Gene maintenance: Helps create and repair DNA and RNA.
- Muscle movements: Is part of the contraction and relaxation of muscles.
- Nervous system regulation: Helps regulate neurotransmitters, which send messages throughout your brain and nervous system
Meanwhile, potassium assists with:
- Nerve stimulation
- Muscle contraction
- Decreased risk of stroke
- Lowered blood pressure
- Preserving bone density
- Protecting against loss of muscle mass
The final peel
As you can see, bananas serve up a whole lot of nutrients that are essential in the health stakes, and that’s just only the tip of the fruit in terms of the benefits they offer.
It’s also just part of the reason we’re so passionate about bananas at Moorhead and Rutter and why we’re committed to ensuring they’re produced as mother nature intended – chemical free and packed full of flavour.
You can view our range of banana products here.