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Rethinking Bananas: The Overlooked Health Benefits of America’s Favorite Fruit

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Banana nutrition facts

I was excited to see the above infographic on Facebook yesterday (thanks, Well + Good NYC), because I had pretty much written off bananas. You know how sometimes you pick up random facts about food and you don't know where or when? At some point I'd heard that bananas were way low on the fruit food chain when it came to health benefits, and since I'm not the hugest fan of banana taste or consistency, I was all too happy to write off American's favorite fruit.

It seems, however, that I should reconsider the humble banana — I mean, who knew they contained tryptophan? Or could help lessen the effects of nicotine withdrawal? Crazy.

But a quick note about bananas and potassium: While they're often touted for their high potassium content (and they are a good source), there are plenty of other foods with as much or more potassium than bananas. This includes potatoes, raisins, lima beans, winter squashes and spinach.

More Banana Nutrition Facts: 

imagesOne medium banana (about 7 to 8 inches long) contains approximately …

• 105 calories

• No fat or cholesterol

• 27 grams carbohydrates (including 14 grams sugar and 3 grams dietary fiber)


• 1.3 grams protein

Vitamins: 17% of the recommended daily value of vitamin C, 5% of riboflavin, 4% of niacin, 22% of vitamin B6, 6% of folate and 4% of pantothenic acid

• Minerals: 6 milligrams calcium (1%DV), 0.3 milligrams iron (2%DV), 31.9 milligrams magnesium (8%DV), 26 milligrams phosphorus (3%DV), 422 milligrams potassium (12%DV), 0.1 millgrams copper (5%DV) and 0.3 milligrams manganese (16%DV)

• Sterols: 18.9 milligrams phytosterols

(Self Nutrition Data)