The Health Benefits of Bananas

Thanks to their low sodium and high potassium content, bananas are particularly good for people with high blood pressure. Bananas also contain tryptophan, which the body converts into serotonin, a brain chemical that helps you relax, improves your mood, and makes you fall asleep more easily. That’s why some doctors suggest eating a banana an hour before sleep.

At roughly 105 calories, a medium banana is the perfect size for a mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack. Bananas also provide an abundance of natural sugars, making them a great source of easily digested and readily available fuel.

Helpful hints

  • Bananas are always in season; they’re harvested every day of the year.
  • Buy them slightly green. They will ripen just fine on your counter. Never refrigerate green bananas; the cold ends the ripening process.
  • If the banana has a gray tint, it could mean it was frozen while in transit. Definitely pass.
  • Skip the dried banana chips; they’ve actually been fried. Just three ounces contains over 400 calories.

Plus: Top 10 Antioxidant-Rich Fruits and Veggies

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