Bananas are a favourite food for everyone from infants to elders. Not only are they super convenient to enjoy, they are a great source of vitamins, minerals and fiber! Like apple sauce, ripe mashed bananas can be used in baked goods to replace oil or butter. Or, peel and freeze bananas for a great addition to any smoothie. Bananas are also a great addition to your morning cereal or oatmeal, or as a portable snack while on your way to work or school.
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Bananas are good for your heart. They are packed with potassium, a mineral electrolyte that keeps electricity flowing throughout your body, which is required to keep your heart beating. Bananas' high potassium and low sodium content may also help protect your cardiovascular system against high blood pressure. Bananas can be helpful in overcoming depression due to high levels of tryptophan, which the body converts to serotonin, the mood-elevating brain neurotransmitter. Plus, vitamin B6 can help you sleep well, and magnesium helps to relax muscles. Bananas are also high in fiber, which can help keep you regular. One banana can provide nearly 10 percent of your daily fiber requirement.
If the bananas you buy are too green, you can put them in a brown paper bag with an apple or tomato overnight to speed up the ripening process. You can slow down the banana ripening process by storing the fruit in the refrigerator.