Going Bananas

Author: FITivate | Published date: July 8, 2021 | Category: Nutrition

Benefits of bananas

- High in nutrients and vitamins


  • Vitamin B6 (red blood cells production and efficiently use macronutrients for bodily functions) 
  • Vitamin C (protection to cell damage)
  • Manganese (protection against free radicals) 
  • Potassium (promote heart health, maintain blood pressure and prevent muscle cramps)

- Fibre for better gut health

  • 2 servings of bananas can make up to 30% of daily fibre needs
  • Helps with issues such as constipation, indigestion and maintain a good bowel movement.

- Green bananas help with weight management

Unripe bananas contain resistant starch (Lower GI) that helps you stay fuller for longer.

- The energy booster

Ripen bananas are high in simple carbohydrates that are easily digested for energy boost, especially before and after excercise.

Note : Most healthy adults can enjoy up to 3 bananas a day. Those with diabetes (green bananas recommended) or high potassium levels should cut back on ripe yellow bananas.

Banana-licious ideas

- The Banana Shake

Blend one banana to low fat milk for nutritious and protein boosting shake.

- Oatmeal

Sliced bananas with whole grain cereals or oatmeal.

- Sandwich

Replace sweet jam with banana slices when making sandwiches.

- Salad it!

Bananas are must haves in fruit salads.

- Peanut dip

High protein muscle buidling snack-dip banana chunks in low fat peanut butter.

By : Alvin Ho

B (Eng), MBA, Certified Allied Healthcare/Fitness Professional (EIMS), Master Fitness Trainer / Fitness Nutrition, Resistance & Endurance Training Specialist (NFPT)



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