Tuesday, March 20, 2012

12 Weeks of Healthy Food: The Banana

It's our final week of our journey through 12 Weeks of Healthy Food, and we're singing the praises of the banana! Bananas are a great source of energy due to the sugar and fiber content. But don't worry---a medium banana has only about 100 calories (about the same as an apple) so it's still a good choice for a snack.
Bananas are high in potassium which is needed for proper functioning of the heart and nerves. Because bananas are also low in sodium, they're a good choice to help control blood pressure. In addition, bananas aid digestion and help absorb calcium needed to maintain healthy bones.
Researchers have discovered that the tryptophan in bananas may reduce depression. Another research study has shown that when bananas are a regular part of the daily diet, the risk of stroke is reduced by 40%.  Much work needs to be done before these studies are conclusive; however, bananas are undoubtedly one of the least expensive fruits that pack the most nutritional power.
Like banana bread? Here's a recipe for Banana Banana Bread that I'd highly recommend. It's so easy to do and tastes delicious for breakfast or dessert. You'll find loads of additional banana information at www.chiquita.com.
And don't forget that this week (3/20/12-3/23/12) at Daisy Mae's Market at Findlay Market, you'll receive a free bunch of bananas with your $15 purchase. Now isn't that ap-PEEL-ing for all you banana lovers?

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