Imagine you’re on a ten-minute break from work, you sit down and reach for your bag and pull out your go-to snack, easy to carry around and also very easy to eat.
You make sure no one is around, peel off that bright yellow skin and are just about to sink your teeth in to that delicious, sweet, soft flesh.
Then you pause, and think to yourself, what am I getting from this banana?
Lots of people eat them every day, but not all people know much about the amazing health benefits of a banana.
Other than having a wonderful taste and adding to the flavours of your meals (and smoothies), bananas pack some serious punch when it comes to health benefits for you.
Here we will outline some of these health benefits and also give you a bit more information about this great fruit that we use in many of our Super Cubes formulas!
How do bananas help your body?
Bananas have some great health benefits, but why is it a good idea to include them in your daily nutrition plan?
Here is a list of some of the many benefits of bananas for you with some explanations of these benefits below too.
- Rich in fibre
- Assists with cramp prevention associated with exercise
- Helps you with your gut health
- Good source of magnesium
- High source of potassium
- Helps with heart health
- Nutrients that helps your blood sugar levels
- High in antioxidants to help scavenge free radicals
- Supports reduction of appetite
- Excellent source of Vitamin B6
- Helps protect against disease
- Great for digestive health
- Easy to eat any time of the day
High in antioxidants
Most vegetables and fruits have great levels of antioxidants which help prevent the build-up of free radicals in your body that can be caused by poor nutrition, stress, environment and more.
Bananas are no exception to this rule and have adequate amounts of antioxidants present.
Because your body may need antioxidants as part of a healthy well balanced diet, you can get your daily intake from the foods you eat and that’s where Super Cubes can make it easy for you.
Helping with digestion
A medium banana has just over 3 grams of fibre present and around 350mg of potassium.
The fibre and potassium in bananas can support your digestive system to help keep you healthy, regular and running smoothly.
Fibre helps with the movement through the digestive tract and potassium plays its part by helping the muscles that move your food along the tract.
Out of the 3 grams of fibre (in a standard size banana) there is roughly 0.6 grams of soluble fibre and the rest is non-soluble fibre which both have great qualities to help reduction of appetite and more.
Supporting reduction of appetite
If you are looking for a food that packs a punch and also can help you feel full, bananas are a great start.
As we mentioned above, bananas are rich in fibre and there have been numerous links of helping lower body weight levels and supporting weight loss found by increasing your intake of different fruit and vegetables.
The main contributor in supporting the reduction of appetite is the level of resistant starch and pectin in a banana.
Unripe bananas have a higher level of resistant starch present than ripened bananas, but the ripened bananas end up having proportionally greater amounts of soluble fibre.
So it balances it out somewhat in the end as both unripened and ripened bananas may help reduce appetite and help keep you full.
Helping with exercise
Do you exercise or train at the gym?
Well bananas may be just what you are looking for in a fruit that covers nearly all of the bases nutritionally.
With its vitamin, mineral and also other nutrient levels, bananas have been shown to be almost the perfect addition to anyone’s daily nutritional plan.
The vitamins and minerals in bananas may help with reducing cramps and muscle soreness and the rest of the nutrients present can help you with your pre, during and post training nutrition goals as well.
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What’s in a banana?
Bananas come in many different sizes, shapes and colours too (if you do a bit of research) and the most common are the Cavendish bananas which are the most abundant bananas you can buy in the supermarket.
Here’s a guide for you of nutrients contained in the edible part of a banana per 100 grams.
Energy kcal 89
Bananas also contain levels of vitamins, most notably is Vitamin C which comes in at 8.7mg per 100gm.
The other vitamins present are Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Vitamin A, Vitamin E and Vitamin K.
Why use bananas?
Well as you can see from the above, the benefits when you eat a banana are numerous and that is why we include them as one of the many ingredients in our Super Cubes formulas.
They also help to thicken up our smoothies giving them a great texture at the same time.
Super Cubes have many different ingredients in each formula and each one was designed with a different goal in mind.
So if you’re looking for change and need a quick and easy smoothie base that can help you achieve your nutrition goals for the day.
Why not try Super Cubes, great taste and made with love, for you!