Benefits of Bananas

May 23, 2011 in Fruits & Veggies Tips, Health Tips by Jen

We all know them. We mostly all love them. Who can resist a banana in their smoothies, juices and meals? Bananas add great taste and are a constant guest in your local cereal bowl. But what is all the hype about bananas. Find out why they are so good for you…

Bananas are a good source of potassium. Potassium helps maintain normal blood pressure and heart function. It also promotes good bone health. Bananas can also be an effective antacid and protect from ulcers and ulcer damage.

Bananas first came to the Unites States in the 19th century. However, they are believed to have originated in Malaysia nearly 4,000 years ago. Bananas were hard to transport because they are so fragile. However, once refrigeration and faster transportation became available, so did bananas… worldwide! They are mostly grown in tropical and subtropical climates such as Costa Rica, Mexico, Ecuador and Brazil.

When picking bananas, make sure they are firm but not hard. It’s ok if they are green, they can ripen a little more at home. They should be bright in appearance and have no bruises or injuries. They will ripen at room temperature. However, do not place them in the refrigerator if they are not ripe. This will stop the process. If they are ripe, you can put them in the refrigerator to keep fresh for a few days. You can also freeze them for up to 2 months. Just peel them or cut them up and put some lemon juice on them.

Bananas are a very good source of vitamin B6 and a good source of vitamin C, potassium, dietary fiber and manganese. Try using bananas at home in your HealthMaster. Share your recipes with us!

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