Why did the Banana go to the Doctor ?
It wasn’t peeling well…
Ok so the joke may be below average but there is nothing underrated about the humble banana.
We can’t directly link bananas with brain health but it is a ideal as a healthy snack on the go or for breakfast.
As the world’s most consumed fruit, bananas are a dietary staple.
We also love it on toast with peanut butter, but there are a number of great ways to enjoy a banana.
Here are some banana facts ( handy for your next zoom quiz!) and some reasons why bananas are more than just tasty snack
Although there are more than 1000 varieties of bananas in the world, 99% of bananas sold for export today are of the Cavendish variety, pictured below.
Bananas contain a decent amount of magnesium which is also important for heart health.
A medium-sized banana has about 3 grams of fibre, making bananas a fairly good fibre source.
As a good dietary source of potassium, bananas may be especially beneficial for maintaining healthy functioning kidneys
Potassium is a mineral that is also essential for heart health — especially blood pressure control and also kidney function.
Bananas are high in several antioxidants which may help reduce damage from free radicals and lower your risk of some diseases.
Bananas may help relieve muscle cramps caused by exercise, they also provide excellent fuel for endurance exercise.
Keep Well, (and apologies for the cheesy joke…)
Dr Clara Russell