I have never been a big fan of bananas. There is something about its squishy taste that leaves me wishing to be on an island free of bananas. There are others though who love it. Taste notwithstanding, they do come loaded with nutrition and benefits. Sometimes the nutritional value outweighs any dislike you may have.

Banana’s come with fibre and antioxidants. It also has 33% of the recommended quantity of B6. The B6 is useful for vegetarians as they find it hard to get Vitamin B. It also has Manganese, copper and magnesium. Banana’s come with pectin a fibre that lowers blood sugar. The best form of banana is a unripened banana. This type of banana has a glycemic index of just 30. It is as it ripens that it starts to turn sweet and ends up with a glycemic index of about 60. The Lower, the better. The low index is the reason green unripened bananas are the best as they also contain resistant starch. Resistant starch is a type of indigestible carbohydrate.

The antioxidants in bananas include dopamine and catechins. These have been linked to lower heart diseases and degenerative diseases. It is commonly misunderstood that the dopamine in banana lifts your mood. In reality, it just acts as an antioxidant.

A large number of fitness experts suggest eating a banana either before or just after a run. Many people who run marathons do the same. This is because of the carbohydrates in the fruit. Along with the minerals, it acts like an instant pick me up.

Personally, I prefer having a protein just after I run or strength train. I find it more filling, and your body is also able to use the protein to build new muscle. Remember that it is the unripe green banana that has the best benefits of the fruit.


Ritesh is a born again health enthusiast and holds a Certificate in Physiology from Harvard Medical School and a Certificate in Nutrition from Tufts University.