What’s your colour? Yellow or green? When it comes to bananas, it doesn’t really matter. Whether you like them ripe or unripened, bananas are a popular fruit that provide us with a magnitude of health benefits. Here are just some of the most noteworthy:
They’re nutrient rich
The nutritional value of bananas is almost unparalleled, boasting fibre, magnesium, potassium, vitamin B, vitamin C, as well as several antioxidants. Oh, and they’re low in calories and consist almost exclusively of carbs and water.
They support digestive health
Dietary fibre is known to support digestive health, and bananas feature two types: pectin and resistant starch. The latter serves as a prebiotic and becomes food for the beneficial bacteria in our gastrointestinal tract.
They contain antioxidants
‘Anti’ words typically carry negative connotations, but not in the case of antioxidants, which are linked to many health benefits. Antioxidants reduce free radicals in the body.
They’re great for exercise
With easily digestible carbs and a high mineral content, bananas are an excellent nutritional snack for before, during and after physical activity. They’re easy to eat and transport and can restore nutrient lost from exercise.
There’s not much better than a perfectly ripened banana, but we may’ve found it. For a winning formula, try our banana smoothie recipe with probiotic-rich yoghurt:
Prep time: 5 mins
2 bananas, frozen
¼ cup of yoghurt
1 tbsp of honey
¼ tsp of cinnamon
1 cup of almond milk
- Combine all ingredients into blender and blend until smooth.
- Garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon.
- Best made fresh.