One of the most widely eaten fruits around, bananas are cheap to buy and are a favorite among many.  This fruit is available year round and is a quick snack to take anywhere.

Calories and Macronutrients In A Banana:

For each medium sized banana (7-8″ long), you’re going to be provided with:

Calories: 105
Protein: 1.3 grams
Carbohydrates: 26.9 grams
Fat: 0.4 grams
Fiber: 3.1 grams

Major Nutrients Found In A Banana:

While bananas are well known for their potassium content, they are actually higher in vitamin B6, which is essential for maintaining a healthy metabolism and immune system.  Another added benefit of bananas is that they can help to ward off stomach ulcers when combined with a glass of milk as the combination together will help to lower the amount of acid secretion that’s seen in the stomach.

Due to their potassium content, bananas also make for a way to boost energy levels.

Storing/Selecting Bananas:

Bananas contain the most quality nutrition when they are consumed in their fully ripened state, so this means they should be a moderate to deep yellow color, preferably without many brown spots.  Typically you can slow down the ripening process by placing them in the refrigerator so they don’t get overripe by the time you want to consume them.

When purchasing your bananas select one that’s firm, doesn’t contain any large brown spots and has a healthy looking stem that’s fully intact.

Eat It With:

Bananas can be eaten in a number of ways including alone on their own, with peanut butter smeared on top, chopped up into a bowl of cereal or yogurt, or blended into a protein shake.  This sweet treat will easily satisfy your cravings and will offer more fiber than many other snack choices.

Burn Off A Banana:

To burn off the number of calories in a banana you would have to do:

  • 30 minutes of light housework
  • 15 minutes of brisk paced walking
  • 10 minutes of jogging
  • 20 minutes of moderate weight training
  • 10 minutes of intense circuit training or boot camp
  • 17 minutes of swimming
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