Friday, February 25, 2011

An inexpensive but very important fruit we can not overlook!

Banana, a very common and inexpensive fruit that almost everybody can afford to eat everyday. It may not be delicious as some other costly fruits, but it is essential to our health.

Some people with anxiety or depression may experience like this: At specific time each day, her or his heart beats over 120 per min. Usually they would call 911 at this situation. However after examination in the emergency room or the hospital, he or she would be told that he or she is healthy, no any signs of heart attack! But her or his experience a few minutes ago is scaring! The truth is: she or he does not have heart attack. Think about, how does a heart attach occur at a specific time each day?

But how come? People can consult their doctors about the reasons caused by anxiety.

Sometimes, the doctors would recommend eating more banana. Why? Because she or he is lack of potassium, which is important to the heart pump and rich in banana. Meanwhile, banana also contains element zinc, which is important to improve our body's defense system.

So, do not look down the inexpensive fruit. It is cheap but works well.

Banana, raw, edible parts

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)

Energy                         371 kJ (89 kcal)

Carbohydrates            22.84 g

Sugars                          12.23 g

Dietary fiber               2.6 g

Fat                                0.33 g

Protein                        1.09 g

Vitamin A equiv.         3 μg (0%)

Thiamine (Vit. B1)         0.031 mg (2%)

Riboflavin (Vit. B2)        0.073 mg (5%)

Niacin (Vit. B3)              0.665 mg (4%)

Pantothenic acid (B5)   0.334 mg (7%)

Vitamin B6                     0.367 mg (28%)

Folate (Vit. B9)              20 μg (5%)

Vitamin C                         8.7 mg (15%)

Calcium                             5 mg (1%)

Iron                                  0.26 mg (2%)

Magnesium                        27 mg (7%)

Phosphorus                        22 mg (3%)

Potassium                        358 mg (8%)

Zinc                                     0.15 mg (1%)

One banana is 100–150 g.

*Percentages are relative to US recommendations for adults.

*Source: USDA Nutrient database

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