Most bananas are bright yellow, but some bananas are also green. Green bananas contain more resistant starch, which is great for your digestion. They taste delicious and can instantly make any smoothie taste sweet, but do you know the amazing nutrition, health and beauty benefits of bananas? Let’s discuss this and also check out the key nutrient section for bananas, as well as the health nutrition facts.
Bananas contain prebiotic fiber. This is what feeds the good bacteria in the microbiome of the gut. If your microbiome is off, this can lead to breakouts in the skin. But what other health benefits do bananas provide the body?
Banana Nutrition Facts
Bananas are a great fast energy source for athletes, because they are a convenient way to replenish carbohydrate intake while on the go. Bananas are a great source of carbohydrates.
They also help maintain electrolyte balance. The proper balance of electrolytes can help lower blood pressure, which helps reduce the risk of stroke and kidney disease. This is one amazing health and beauty benefit of bananas.
Do Bananas Contain Gluten?
Do bananas contain gluten?
No, bananas do not contain gluten. Unprocessed fruits and vegetables do not contain gluten. People often mistake the creamy texture that a banana has with a gluten type texture.
However, the fiber in bananas is soluble fiber. Underripe bananas will contain more of this prebiotic fiber, otherwise known as resistant starch.
This is where the confusion comes into play, because most people will hear the word starch, and think it has gluten, but in fact a banana doesn’t contain any gluten.
Bananas and Mood
Bananas are often associated with improving mood due to their high levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter known for its mood-boosting effects. The combination of vitamins and minerals in bananas, such as potassium and vitamin B6, can also have a positive impact on mood regulation.
Furthermore, bananas are a natural source of tryptophan, an essential amino acid that helps the body produce serotonin. Consuming bananas can contribute to a sense of well-being and help manage mood disorders.
They also contain a strong-water soluble antioxidant, dopamine, which is one of the catecholamines. Dopamine levels ranged from 80-560 mg per 100 g in peel and 2.5-10 mg in the pulp, even in ripened bananas ready to eat (1).
Nutrition, Health and Beauty Benefits of Bananas
Bananas are one of the higher antioxidative foods (1). They also contain silicon, which is a beautifying component for strong nails and hair. Vitamins such as A, C, and B all protect the skin from free radicals, as well as maintain the elasticity of the skin.
Bananas can also help with dry, flaky skin. They also contain the antioxidant lutein, which boosts the elasticity of the skin, as well as increases sebum production. This helps the skin lock in moisture. Below you can find the key nutrients that bananas contain.
KEY NUTRIENTS OF BANANAS
Potassium | Vitamin B6 | Vitamin C | Magnesium |Antioxidants | Flavonoids (Catechin) | Serotonin | Dopamine
NUTRITIONAL BREAKDOWN OF BANANAS
*Per 1 medium-sized banana.
- Fiber | 3.1 grams
- Carbohydrates 27 grams
- Vitamin C | 13% DV
- Potassium | 12% DV
- Vitamin B6 | 25% DV
- Manganese | 16% DV
- Copper | 10% DV
- Magnesium | 8% DV
Banana Eating Suggestions
Try to snack on a banana daily before or after a workout. Also, freeze extra bananas to add to smoothies for a creamy consistency and added nutrients.
For breakfast, try adding sliced banana to your oatmeal.
You can naturally sweeten desserts with bananas to decrease the number of refined sugars.
Try making “nice” cream by freezing bananas and blending it into a delicious tasting ice cream replacement.
So, if you love bananas, try one of my delicious recipes, gluten-free healthy banana bread.
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- High Content of Dopamine, a Strong Antioxidant, in Cavendish Banana Kazuki Kanazawa* and Hiroyuki Sakakibara Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 2000 48 (3), 844-848 DOI: 10.1021/jf9909860