know 5 benefits and include fruit in your diet

Known for being a healthy and affordable snack, bananas are a staple in many people’s diets. In addition to being tasty and easy to consume, the fruit is rich in numerous nutrients and vitamins, and its consumption can help from mental health to the heart.

For the banana lover to justify the presence of the fruit in the daily diet, the nutritionist Mariana Melendez Araújo, PhD student from the University of Brasília (UnB), lists benefits proven by scientific studies:

“Banana helps prevent cardiovascular diseases, in addition to helping with cholesterol management, intestinal health and blood glucose control. Because it is rich in fiber, it also helps with satiety for a longer time to the individual”, explains the nutritionist.

Although the fruit is very common and full of benefits, it is important to remember that all food should be consumed in moderation: the tip is not to exceed three units daily. In addition to this amount, bananas can cause constipation, gas, headache, tooth problems, nerve damage, and inflammation in the body.

Fruit is also high in calories, and for those who are trying to lose weight, it is important to pay attention to the amount ingested.

Check out the 5 health benefits of bananas

1. Versatility and Accessibility: Banana is a cheap fruit and exists in almost every region of the world. In addition, it is easy to carry as a snack and can be used in various preparations, replacing sugar and adding flavor to food.

2. Fiber source: the fruit helps maintain intestinal health and prevent fat from accumulating in the blood. Because of fiber, banana consumption helps control cholesterol and glucose and helps prevent the development of cardiovascular diseases. In addition, the feeling of satiety caused by the fruit can contribute to weight loss.

3. Prevention of cramps: bananas are rich in potassium, a substance related toblood pressure control and cramp prevention.

4. Helps mental health: The fruit is a source of serotonin, which acts as a natural mood stabilizer. Therefore, it acts as a kind of antidepressant and aids sleep, helping the body to relax.

5. Fight against free radicals: Banana is known to be rich in flavonoids. The nutrient helps in the fight against free radicals, that is, it helps in the conservation of cells. Two other possible benefits of the substance are to slow the development of tumors and control harmful bacteria in the intestine.

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Options on the menu

For a healthy diet, the nutritionist warns that the individual must have a variety of options in the diet, and the amount of nutrients consumed makes a difference to health. Moderation, including eating bananas, is important to reap the benefits.

“There are several other fruits that guarantee other essential components to the body. It is important to be clear: there is no hero food, that is, something specific that will solve all problems”, says Mariana.

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