August 27 is National Banana Lovers Day! For people who love bananas, it is your time to celebrate one of the world’s most consumed fruits with some great recipes and dishes. If you do enjoy eating a banana every now and then, you are far from alone. Reports indicate that the average person eats about 33 pounds of bananas a year, that breaks down to approximately 100 individual bananas per person. If you are not a fan of the tropical fruit, here are some reasons you may want to become one.
Bananas are high in fiber and potassium, which is great for our bodies. Scientists have proven that they can help prevent calcium loss, high blood pressure and many forms of cancer. They are also be a good way to get your daily need for magnesium and vitamins C and B6.
Live Science.com reports “Bananas are high in antioxidants, which can provide protection from free radicals, which we come into contact with every day, from the sunlight to the lotion you put on your skin. They also are known to reduce swelling, protect against developing type-2 diabetes, aid in weight loss, strengthen the nervous system and help with production of white blood cells, all due to the high level of vitamin B6 that bananas contain.”
That in itself is a great reason to add a “banana a day” to keep the doctor away!
If you don’t like bananas on their own, there are a lot of ways to incorporate them into your diet. Banana bread, banana pudding, cheesecake, cookies and a whole lot more.
You can click here to check out 31 recipes from the website Greatist.com.