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7 Banana Health Benefits And Facts For Weight Loss

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For most people, fruit equates to banana. However, if you are watching your weight, then you might have run miles away from this year-round, yellow fruit. 

Do you know, you are missing out on a world of nutrients just because of a rumour that banana makes you fat!?

The stylish fruit (with its own speckled yellow jacket) can help you lose weight too!

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So What is in a Banana?

Stellar Banana Nutrition Facts and Figures
Stellar Banana Nutrition Facts and Figures

Ok back to banana nutrition benefits! You might have known that bananas being rich in potassium but they are a powerhouse of other nutrients too!

1 medium-sized banana contains

  • 25% of the daily value of vitamin B6,
  • 16% of daily requirement of manganese,
  • 12% of your fibre and potassium needs per day, 
  • 10% of copper and biotin requirements.

What Vitamins and Minerals are in a Banana? Some Banana Nutrition Facts

1 medium sized banana nutrition facts.  It fulfils the following daily requirements of trace vitamins and minerals:

  • Vitamin C – 11%
  • Vitamin B1 (thiamine) – 3%
  • Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) – 7%
  • Vitamin B3 (niacin) – 5%
  • Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) – 8%
  • Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) – 25%
  • Folate – 6%
  • Choline – 2%
  • Biotin – 10%
  • Manganese – 16%
  • Potassium – 12%
  • Copper – 10%
  • Iron – 4%
  • Zinc – 2%
  • Selenium – 2%

In addition, 1 medium banana also gives you:

  • Around 100 calories
  • 0 gram of fat
  • 2 grams of protein
  • 3 grams of fibre

Leave alone this nutrition fact, does banana really make you fat?!

Absolutely not!

To tell you, the number of calories in a banana is about 100 calories (although Truweight doesn’t believe in counting calories, we are still stating this fact for the calorie obsessed people out there!).

This also gets us to the question whether one can have a banana while following a weight loss plan?

The following video will help clear the facts for you.

 

4 Popular Banana Varieties in India

Banana varieties in India
Know all about banana nutrition

You thought you knew enough about bananas to avoid them in the diet but hey there are 4 different types of banana!

Cavendish Banana:

With roots in Europe, this is the most common type of banana available throughout the world. They can be eaten raw in subjis too (understand that kacche kele ki subji now?)

Saba Banana:

This banana is a Philippine speciality used extensively in cooking. It is characterised by a squarish shape.

Red Banana:

You must have spotted this banana in the supermarkets. They are plumper than the regular cavendish but when ripe, they are sweeter with a slight mango flavour. An athlete’s favourite due to higher sugar content.

Nendran or Kerala Banana:

Our very banana from Kerala, this banana is reportedly grown organically thus providing the yellow colour to the fruit.

Calories in banana

Cavendish banana: 90

Saba banana: 81

Red banana: 90 

Nendran or Kerala banana: 153

7 Banana Nutrition Health Benefits

Let’s face it, the regular banana is so much more affordable yet nutritious that they definitely give you more value for your money.

But before you simply nod to that fact, let us understand the banana nutrition facts and health benefits.

1.  Helps in weight loss

We have elaborated on the nutrition in 1 medium-sized banana enough. You know they are hardly the high-calorie monster that they are made out to be.

Although they taste sweet when ripe, bananas are still categorised as a low GI food. Surprised?

Additionally, taking into account their rich vitamin and mineral status, and high fibre status (even 3 grams helps you reach the per day fibre recommendations of 25 grams for women and 38 grams for men); bananas are indeed an ideal snack that will help you with your weight loss goals.

However, if you think a banana split or banana chips will benefit your weight loss goals then you are mistaken. Just opt for a banana without the fancies!

2. Keeps Heart young

Little Known Banana Nutrition Facts
Little Known Banana Nutrition Facts

Yes, yes, and a big yes!! A part of the banana nutrition is that it helps keep that heart young! They do so by 3 ways:

One: Because of the potassium. Potassium is known to reduce blood pressure which means protection against atherosclerosis or plaque deposition in the arteries.

Two: Due to the Fibre. A medium sized banana gives 3 grams of fibre and this increases to almost 4 in a large one. 1/3rd of it is soluble fibre, the kind which prevents deposition of waxy substance in the arteries that block blood flow!

Three: Due to the presence of a special fat. Although bananas have negligible fat content, the trace amounts are present in the form of sterols.

Although a cousin of cholesterol, the ones in banana help block the absorption of the baddie cholesterol thus protecting the heart.

Do you know?

The Cavendish banana may soon go extinct! Yes, you read that right. They are grown by the traditional vegetative cultivation and not by sexual reproduction stated a report. This means they lack diversity due to which a viral or bacterial infestation can wipe out this common banana variant from the market!

3. Digestive Health ahoy

By now you would have memorised the fibre content in bananas but there is a unique beauty to it.

Bananas have  a high content of pectin, a complicated kind of fibre which is partly water soluble (imagine the ones that form a gel in the stomach) and partly insoluble.

As bananas ripen, the water-soluble part of the fibre increases (hence the mushy touch of a ripe banana).

Not just that, they are also rich in fructooligosaccharide, a  unique fibre which remains undigested helping probiotic bacteria increase in number.

Thus the fibre content along with the probiotic bacteria make banana the natural gut doctor.

Do bananas have a lot of fibre?

Although we have been harping about the fibre content in a banana, let us give you a perspective on how good a source they are! A medium sized apple with skin provides 4.4 grams of fibre and compared to apple nutrition, banana is not very far behind. At 3.1 grams in a medium-sized banana, it helps fulfil 12% of the daily recommended value!”

4. Assists Athlete

Banana is the nature provided fuel! Where else will you find a mix of balanced micronutrient and low glycemic index profile, convenience (easy to carry), and affordability!

A study among distance cyclists found that having half a banana every 15 minutes of a 3-hour race is equivalent to the mineral and carb profile in a sports beverage.

Let’s not forget how potassium helps prevent muscle cramps, a big positive for the athlete in an enduring event.

5. Acts as Anti-Aging Agent

banana nutrition anti aging agent
A banana a day can keep you looking younger forever!

It is no wonder that many beauty regimens include a banana mask! That is because bananas are a good source of vitamin C making it an ideal anti-wrinkle food.

6. Boosts up the Mood

Feeling down and low? Have a banana before you reach out to that tub of ice cream.

Not only the sugar content but the presence of tryptophan helps in alleviating the worst of the moods. So chop some bananas and add them to your cereal.

7. Natural Sleeping Pill

Having trouble falling asleep? Try a banana! The potassium and magnesium in bananas help relax muscles whereas the tryptophan gets converted to the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin!

Try eating a banana 2 hours before you sleep if you have trouble sleeping!

How to Eat your Banana?

cereal with banana slices
Revel in the banana nutrition by adding it in the cereal

Incorporate the banana in an omega-3 rich smoothie or eat them as it is. Or simply chop some up on your muesli. Here is an interesting salad recipe using the banana stem.

Now, will you look at the fruit kindly and not just think about the calories in banana after knowing about the wonderful nutrition facts and health benefits that it comes with?

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13 Comments
  1. Damian Kwiatek says

    I couldn’t agree more!

    1. somaraghavendra says

      Hi Damian! We would like to inform you that practising these tips will help you in weight-loss. Keep following our blog to know more health information.

  2. Sejal Kumar says

    Great article Shobha. The benefits of banana for weight loss are well explained in detail. I consume banana on frequent basis. Consuming banana and avocados on regular basis can help to prevent heart disease.

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    1. Shobha Shastry says

      Hello,

      Weight loss is a complex process and not just reducing the amount of food or exercising too much.

      The question you have asked has so many answers! We, at Truweight, believe that counting calories and restricting food is hardly the approach.

      To start with, you can read this blog on the same.

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      Hope this answer helps!

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    1. Shobha Shastry says

      Hi Nishanti,

      Thanks. We duly note the feedback!!

  7. Shweta says

    Hi,
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    1. Shobha Shastry says

      Hi Shweta,

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