Health Benefits of Bananas

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A fruit loved by all…

Banana is very much a staple fruit of India. One of the great things about bananas is that it is not only delicious but is also cheap and available throughout the year unlike the other fruits.

Banana is a fruit which is still very casually consumed for its taste, texture and a feeling of fullness unlike other fruits which are eaten due to their much known health benefits. The masses definitely prefer it due to its low cost. With whatever feeling it might be consumed, banana is nutritious and a wholesome fruit. This is a much lesser recognized fact. Except for its limitations for weight loss and diabetes, like other fruits this one too deserves high regards.

Health Benefits of Bananas

Given below is the nutrition content of banana.

Nutritional Value of Banana

Serving size 100 grams; 1 big banana, ripe

Caloric Content
Values per 100 gms. of edible portion
Content as compared to other fruits
Calories116Caloric dense
Protein (g)1.2Average
Fat (g)0.3Low
Dietary fibre (g)*2.6Rich
Carbohydrates (g)27.2Rich
Mineral Content
Values per 100 gms. of edible portion
Content as compared to other fruits
Calcium (mg)17Average
Phosphorous (mg)36Rich
Iron (mg)0.36Low
Magnesium (mg)41Rich
Sodium (mg)36.6Average
Potassium (mg)88Rich
Zinc (mg)0.15Average
Vitamin Content
Values per 100 gms. of edible portion
Content as compared to other fruits
Carotene (mcg)78Average
Vitamin C (mg)7Low
Vitamin B6(mg)*0.8Rich
Fifteen Health benefits of banana

1. Bananas are a caloric dense fruit. Consumption of just one banana anytime through the day makes one feel energetic.


2. Banana is a food most appropriate when small but nutrient dense food has to be given in situations of extreme weight loss or extreme fever where the body becomes weak and there is food aversion.

3. They are a good source of potassium and magnesium which aid in maintaining normal blood pressure and are heart protective.

4. The high potassium content promotes bone health too.

5. Banana help counteract the urinary calcium loss caused due to increase ion potassium levels in the urine.

6. Bananas have an antacid effect and are said to protect against stomach ulcers. They contain a compound called as protease inhibitor which protects the stomach from unfriendly bacteria which cause stomach or gastrointestinal disturbances.

7. Bananas are also known to stimulate cell proliferation which thickens the stomach mucosa and is a barrier against stomach acids.

8. Conditions like diarrhea can easily dehydrate the body and deplete the electrolytes. Consumption of banana helps to restore the lost potassium and helps maintain heart function.

Heart Function

9. Bananas are rich in the soluble fibre pectin. Thereby it assists healthy digestion and eases out constipation.

10. They are a rich source of fructooligosaccharides which act as a prebiotic and stimulate the growth of friendly bacteria in the intestine. They protect us from harmful bacteria that cause gastric disturbances.

11. Fructooligosaccharides also produce digestive enzymes which improve the ability to absorb nutrients.

12. Bananas contain short chain fatty acids which are essentially needed by the cells lining the intestinal tract to stay healthy. This further improves the nutrient absorption.

13. They are a good source of carotenoids which are antioxidants and have a protective effect against chronic disease condition. They also have a high content of antioxidant phenolic compounds.

14. Banana is known to render a soothing effect. It has a compound called as tryptophan which on getting converted to serotonin improves mood.

15. It is one of the ideal foods to be eaten immediately after a strenuous workout too. The simple sugars present in them quickly provide energy and normalize the blood sugar levels.


Bananas can be eaten whole, as a part of a salad, as a healthy beverage or as an ingredient of a vegetable. It is a fruit made by god for one and all and for every age group.

Bananas, raw

The nutritional values of "Bananas, raw" per 100 grams are:

Nutrition Summary
Total Calories 89
Protein 1.1 g
Fat 0.4 g
Carbohydrate 22.8 g
NutrientsAmount%Daily Value
Calcium, Ca 5 mg 0.5 %
Copper, Cu 0.08 mg 3.9 %
Iron, Fe 0.26  mg 1.44 %
Magnesium, Mg 27 mg 6.75 %
Manganese, Mn 0.27 mg 13.5 %
Phosphorus, P 22 mg 2.2 %
Potassium, K 358  mg 10.23 %
Selenium, Se 1 mcg 1.43 %
Sodium, Na 1 mg 0.04 %
Zinc, Zn 0.15 mg 1 %
Vitamin A 64  IU 1.28 %
Vitamin C 8.7 mg 14.5 %
Vitamin B6 0.37 mg 18.35 %
Vitamin E 0.1 mg 0.33 %
Vitamin K 0.5  mcg 0.62 %
Riboflavin 0.07  mg 4.29 %
Thiamin 0.03 mg 2.07 %
Folate, DFE 20  mcg 5 %
Niacin 0.66  mg 3.32 %
Sugars 12.23 g
Fiber 2.6  g 10.4 %
Cholesterol 0 mg 0 %
Water 74.91 g
Carotene, alpha 25 mcg
Carotene, beta 26  mcg
Choline 9.8 mg
Lycopene 0  mcg
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Data source: USDA Nutrient Database, R25
*Percent Daily Values (%DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie reference diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower based on your individual needs.

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Wow. What a great article, it's amazing how good bananas are for us :)
jackpackage Thursday, August 20, 2015
Great article, I've personally seen some amazing benefits with bananas.
XRogerX Monday, June 29, 2015
Is there any disadvantages of eating banana?
manishu Wednesday, August 20, 2014
They are healthier to eat when they are mostly starch, longer to digest, but a good thing, since your blood glucose will not spike, triggering an insulin spike. As the starch convert to sugar, so will the glycemic index and the glucose will rise more rapidly. Might be irrelevant if you have no problem or after a workout. There are other health benefit so eating bananas with black spots, but don't have enough chars to write up about it. :]
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Lexikon Saturday, May 18, 2013
Down to earth feedback for all the people including doctors as the modern life makes more focussed to one subject so good info for all. This is dr.bharam from banglore.
Guest Wednesday, January 9, 2013
HOWEVER, if you have a cold or flu, eating bananas will make the condition worse or prevent recovery. No statistics or no nothing. Just try next time you have a cold.
Didgevillage Saturday, August 11, 2012
Bananas are deliciously eaten with one's fingers after peeling. Depending on the type, unripe bananas are also cooked, fried or deep-fried. Bananas are the basic food in many tropical countries. Actually, when you compare it to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrates, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice of the apple's vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in potassium and one of the best value foods around. So, maybe it's time to change that well-known phrase, so we can say, "A banana a day keeps the doctor away!"
altonschyff Wednesday, June 1, 2011
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