Are bananas good for you?
High GI. High GI carbohydrates are detrimental to the health and weight of most people because sugars entering the bloodstream quickly raises insulin levels causing the body to store fat. When it comes to fruit, bananas are one of the highest on the glycaemic index.
Potassium. Bananas are one of the best sources of potassium due to their high content and widespread consumption. Potassium is a vital micronutrient a lot of people are lacking in and adding a banana a day to your diet goes a long way towards fixing this deficit.
Calming effect. Bananas contain several nutrients that aid in controlling mood and energy levels. Potassium and magnesium which are vital to muscle relaxation and nerve control. Also tryptophan which is the precursor to serotonin the body’s main neurochemical that is responsible for mood regulation.
Digestion. The unripe bananas can cause issues with bloating and gas due to the high resistant starch content. As bananas ripen more of this starch is converted to sugars and made easier to digest. However, those with digestive issues may steer clear of the fruit entirely and stick to simpler more digestible options like apples and kiwi.