Regular consumption of bananas in moderation has a positive effect on the work of the heart and strengthens the nervous system, said Natalya Pugacheva, a nutritionist at the health management clinic of the Institute of Personalized Medicine of the Sechenov University, told AGN "Moscow".
She recalled that bananas contain potassium, magnesium, manganese and copper. Potassium and magnesium are needed for the normal functioning of the heart, in addition, they are involved in the regulation of blood pressure. Copper helps in the synthesis of hemoglobin and collagen, and also affects the detoxification of harmful substances. Manganese, as the specialist explained, is important for energy metabolism.
Bananas also contain a large amount of vitamin B6 - pyridoxine.
"This vitamin is important for the health of the nervous system, hematopoiesis, antioxidant protection,"
- explained Pugacheva.
The dietitian advised eating slightly unripe bananas - they are rich in resistant starch, pectin and fiber, which are beneficial for maintaining gut health, as well as for atherosclerosis and diabetes.
But at the same time, she urged to observe moderation in the use of this fruit - its calorie content is not very high, and there is practically no protein and fat in them, but there are about 40 grams of carbohydrates. Yellow bananas contain more fructose and glucose, and they quickly satisfy hunger.
Without harm to the body, people with a sedentary lifestyle and overweight can afford one banana a day two to three times a week, and athletes - two to three fruits a day.