The world has gone bananas.
Global production of the tropical fruit is at an all-time high, and is the most exported fresh fruit on the planet according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
They’re portable, versatile, affordable, and tasty.
And if that’s not sweet enough, they’re good for your body in many ways, too.
Some still avoid them because they’re higher in carbs and sugar than other fruits, but your body uses carbs as fuel, and the natural sugars in bananas come along with vitamins and minerals.
Here are a few other reasons you should eat a banana every day.
Bananas are the ideal pre-workout fuel
The best foods to eat before you exercise contain natural sugars for energy, yet mild for your stomach. Bananas check off both criteria, and a portable for your gym bag. Plus, research suggests that bananas have unique compounds that can enhance athletic performance.
Bananas are good for your heart
We know bananas are full of potassium, which is an important mineral for heart health. Research shows that eating lots of potassium is associated with significantly lower blood pressure levels and a decreased risk of stroke. Potassium flushes excess heart-stressing sodium from your body, limiting any potential damage it could have on your heart.
Bananas help keep you hydrated
Staying hydrated throughout the day is important, and it can be achieved through this solid food. Potassium comes to the rescue again here, helping regulate the balance of fluids in your body, particularly the electrolytes you lose after exercise. Athletes are encouraged to eat potassium rich foods to counteract these imbalances, according to the International Society of Sports Nutrition.
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