Its SuperFoodz Friday again! Lately we have talked about foods that some of you readers may have never even heard of, but what about something that we all recognize? Something you can find in just about every grocery store on the planet and something that will only cost us a couple of cents per pound. That’s right. I am talking about those big yellow bananas that catch the eyes of most of us as we wander around, looking for something to put into our pantry.
Whether in a banana split or in a sandwich, bananas are one of the most popular fruit in the grocery isle. They are cheap (less than a dollar a pound), and they have firm, creamy texture that compliments just about any dish. As this food is one of the best tasting all natural foods in my opinion, it is also one of the healthiest.
Banana plants can grow from 10 to 25 feet and can have anywhere from 50 to 200 bananas on one plant. They grow in clusters called “bunches” which are the groups that are held together that you see in the grocery isle.
My favorite nutritional benefits of bananas are that they are high in both potassium and fiber, which is great to help keep both your muscles and digestive system at full strength. They are also high in Vitamin B6 and C. With all of these incredible benefits, it is surprising that they are only 108 calories per banana.
But it is not only the yellow ones that are good for you. Though green bananas are not digestible and taste bitter, the short-chained fatty acids that make them up are great for the cells of your intestines. When these cells are well nourished and healthy, your absorption of calcium is much better and therefore can promote your bone heath as well.
So lets talk food. There are hundreds upon millions of combinations for what you can do with bananas. I would put them into every dish I make if I could! A great energy-producing snack is the peanut butter and banana sandwich (the infamous favorite of Elvis ), or I sometimes mix it into quinoa. It is also a great substitute for eggs in vegan baking (½ medium banana = 1 egg). But no matter if you mix it up or just peel it and eat it by itself, bananas are one of the most nutrient dense foods that we come in contact with today.
-Andrew “VegMuffinMan” Morrison-