Bananas

Bananas (Musa) are long curved fruits with a rubbery outer skin, and soft yellowish interior fruit.

Health Benefits of Bananas:
  • Increased Immune Function
  • Protection Against Heart Disease
  • Slowing Aging
  • DNA Repair and Protection
  • Alleviation of Cardiovascular Disease
  • Alleviation of Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
  • Alzheimer's Protection
  • Osteoporosis Protection
  • Stroke Prevention
  • Reduced Risk of Type II Diabetes
  • Reduced Frequency of Migraine Headaches
  • Alleviation of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
  • Antioxidant Protection
  • Prevention of Epileptic Seizures
  • Prevention of Alopecia (Spot Baldness)

  • *Some of these health benefits are due to the nutrients highly concentrated in Bananas, and may not necessarily be related to Bananas.
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Natural vitamins, minerals, and nutrients found in Bananas: Vitamin B6 | Vitamin B9 (Folate, Folic Acid) | Vitamin C | Magnesium | Manganese | Potassium |

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Nutrition Facts
Bananas raw                   
Serving Size 100g
Calories 89
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.33g1%
    Saturated Fat 0.112g1%
Cholesterol 0mg~%
Sodium 1mg0%
Total Carbohydrate 22.8g8%
    Dietary Fiber 2.6g10%
    Sugar 12.2g~
Protein 1.1g~
Vitamin A1%Vitamin C15%
Calcium1%Iron1%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Vitamins  %DV
Vitamin A 64IU1%
    Retinol equivalents 3μg~
    Retinol 0μg~
    Alpha-carotene 25μg~
    Beta-carotene 26μg~
    Beta-cryptoxanthin 0μg~
Vitamin C 8.7mg15%
Vitamin D 0IU (0μg)~%
    D2 Ergocalciferol ~IU (~μg)
    D3 Cholecalciferol ~IU (~μg)
Vitamin E 0.1mg0%
Vitamin K 0.5μg1%
    K1 - Dihydrophylloquinone 0μg~
    K2 - Menaquinone-4 ~μg~
Vitamin B12 0μg~%
Thiamin 0.031mg2%
Riboflavin 0.073mg4%
Niacin 0.665mg3%
Pantothenic acid 0.334mg3%
Vitamin B6 0.367mg18%
Folate 20μg5%
    Folic Acid 0μg~
    Food Folate 20μg~
    Dietary Folate Equivalents 20μg~
Choline 9.8mg~
Lycopene 0μg~
Lutein+Zeaxanthin 22μg~
Minerals  %DV
Calcium 5mg1%
Iron 0.26mg1%
Magnesium 27mg7%
Phosphorus 22mg2%
Sodium 1mg0%
Potassium 358mg10%
Zinc 0.15mg1%
Copper 0.078mg4%
Manganese 0.27mg14%
Selenium 1μg1%
Water 74.91g~
Ash 0.82g~
Fatty Acids
Omega 3 to Omega 6 Ratio0.59
Omega 6 to Omega 3 Ratio1.7
Total Omega 3s27mg
18D3 Linolenic27mg
18D3CN3 Alpha Linolenic(ALA)~mg
18D4 Stearidonic (SDA)0mg
20D3N3 Eicosatrienoic~mg
20D5 Eicosapentaenoic(EPA)0mg
22D5 Docosapentaenoic(DPA)0mg
22D6 Docosahexaenoic(DHA)0mg
Total Omega 6s46mg
18D246mg
18D2CN6 Linoleic(LA)~mg
18D2CLA Conjugated Linoleic(CLA)~mg
18D3CN6 Gamma-linolenic (GLA)~mg
20D2CN6 Eicosadienoic~mg
20D3N6 Di-homo-gamma-linolenic (DGLA)~mg
20D4N6 Arachidonic (AA)~mg
22D4 Adrenic (AA)~mg
Essential Amino Acids  %RDI
Histidine 77mg11%
Isoleucine 28mg2%
Leucine 68mg2%
Lysine 50mg2%
Methionine 8mg1%
Phenylalanine 49mg6%
Threonine 28mg3%
Tryptophan 9mg3%
Valine 47mg3%
Stats
Percent of Daily CalorieTarget
(2000 calories)
4.45%
Percent Water Composition 74.9%
Protein to Carb Ratio (g/g) 0.05

How to choose Bananas: Bananas have a yellow skin when they are ripe and they start to develop black spots as they become very ripe. Depending on type, you may also find purple or red skinned bananas. Avoid buying green bananas unless you plan on keeping them for several days before you eat them, or plan on cooking with them.

Climate and origin: Bananas originated in Southeast Asia and Australia and are now found in tropical areas all over the world.

Taste: Bananas have a mushy texture and a sharp aromatic taste that is just a little pungent.

Miscellaneous information: Grown in over 107 countries the banana is now one of the cheapest and most common fruits around.

Recipes using Bananas: Chocolate Banana Pudding



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