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Health Benefits of Bananas
Nutrients\nBananas are an excellent source of potassium and vitamin B6. They are a good source of vitamin C, riboflavin, magnesium, biotin and carbohydrates.
Glycemic Index (GI)\nIn studies to determine the estimated GI of various foods, it was concluded that bananas have a low GI of 52.
Blood pressure\nBananas are high in potassium, an element important in the regulation of blood pressure.
Diarrhea\nThe banana is an effective treatment for diarrhea, and in a study involving infants with persistent diarrhea, green banana and pectin improved small intestinal permeability and reduced fluid loss. Bananas are well known amongst travelers to third world countries for their anti-diarrhea properties.
rebiotic\nFructooligosaccharide is a prebiotic found in bananas and other foods. Prebiotics are non-digestible food ingredients that stimulate the growth and activity of beneficial bacteria in the colon. These bacteria improve the body’s ability to absorb important nutrients.
Stomach ulcers\nBananas have also been found to help eliminate bacteria in the stomach that cause stomach ulcers.
Cholesterol\nBananas have high pectin content, a soluble fiber that assists in the lowering of cholesterol.
Vitamin A deficiency\nIn a study at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, it was concluded that bananas are a potential food source for alleviating vitamin A deficiency.