|By Lisa VanWilliams|
We eat them every morning in a smoothie. They are easy to grab and go with because they have no preparation and they travel well -just peel and eat! They are a great snack for the kids, they are easy to take on a hike in the woods, and they provide a great energy boost during a long run or bicycle ride.
The long yellow sweet tasting fruit is a good carb that can provide a whole days worth of potassium in one shot. They are grown in estimated 107 countries and they are a main food crop for the world. For many third world countries, bananas are a crucial staple that gets them through the "hunger season".
What makes them good for you? They are packed with vitamin B6, vitamin C, manganese, fiber, and potassium.
- potassium helps maintain blood pressure & heart function
- promotes bone health
- great to eat if you have ulcers -soothing
- alleviates water retention and bloating
- acts as a binder to digestive system
- helps to build healthier bones
- promotes kidney health
- supports muscle maintenance
You can eat them straight, try them in a fruit smoothie, or add them to your peanut butter sandwich for a new twist. There are numerous ideas and recipes out there to satisfy all types from the infant to the elderly. It's a fruit everyone can enjoy.