Should You Add Bananas to Your Menu Plan?


Chart of Banana's Minerals & Vitamins

Bananas seem to be one of the most versatile and inexpensive fruits on the market. It is no wonder that bananas are the most commonly consumed fruit in the U.S., according to the USDA. Most people can use this food with no problem, and they can find many ways to use it.

One of the benefits of a banana is it is one of the foods you can eat on the go. This makes it possible for you to have a quick breakfast even if you woke up late and are in a hurry. Combine a banana with a glass of milk and keep you going at least until your work break. Another advantage of bananas is that this fruit contains potassium, sodium, fiber, magnesium and vitamin C.

It also is helpful that a banana tastes good with just about any meal. For instance, you can add it to yogurt or oatmeal, or you can mash it and use it as an oil or butter substitute in baking recipes. If you want to cut down on carbs, you could slice it and add it to ground flax seed and pour milk over it. This flax-banana combo is like eating cereal or a dessert when adding whipped cream.

Bananas are also beneficial in that they are free of fat, cholesterol and sodium. The potassium in them also makes you about 27 percent less likely to have heart disease. As long as you do not take certain types of heart medications such as beta-blockers, you can consume a fair amount of this fruit daily.

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