1. It's a energy booster
Bananas are loaded with potassium and vitamins to fuel your body throughout the day. Add slices of bananas to your morning cereal, or simply munch on one after breakfast to supplement your energy levels.
2. It aids digestion
High in dietary fibre, bananas help regulate your bowel functions and also improve gut health. Have one after a heavy meal to relieve bloating plus meet your daily requirement of fibre intake.
3. It's a good diet food
Containing roughly just 110 calories per banana, they are one of the best snack foods you can get if you are watching your weight. Pack one to the office for when you are feeling peckish between meals, so you can reach for it instead of a chocolate bar or potato chips.
4. It's great for your skin
Packed with nutrients and antioxidants, bananas are known to nourish the skin and protect it against free radicals which cause premature ageing. Vitamin A found in bananas also helps repair skin and keep it smooth and radiant.
5. It helps protect your heart
Potassium is one of the essential nutrients which keeps the heart functioning healthily as it aids your heart in pumping blood to the rest of your body. And because bananas are rich in potassium, it is a heart-loving food also.
6. It's a mood lifter
Some people call bananas “happy food”. Part of the reason is due to its cheery colour of sunshine yellow, but did you know that bananas can really make your happier? This is thanks to its source of amino acid tryptophan which the body converts into the mood-boosting neurotransmitter serotonin.
7. It's a cure for muscle cramps
Suffering muscle aches after a strenuous workout? Or did you wake up with muscle cramps and spasms from the night before? Head to the supermarket to grab a bunch of bananas as they are known to cure these, thanks to high levels of potassium. Bananas also contain manganese which helps your body maintain sound bone health.
8. It's cheap and easy to get
You can buy bananas anywhere in Singapore – at coffeeshops, hawker centres, convenience stores, supermarkets, and even Starbucks sells it! Bananas are cheap too, compared to other foods, plus you can buy according to how many you need.
9. It's known to help protect against Type II diabetes
Research has shown that bananas may help improve insulin sensitivity. Insulin resistance is a major risk factor for several diseases including type II diabetes, a common disease in Singapore.
10. It's delicious
Not all things delicious are good for your body, but you know for sure that bananas are! Widely used in desserts (think banana split ice-cream and banoffee pies), bananas can also be blended into refreshing smoothies or eaten with yoghurt. Whichever way you choose to have it, it’s guaranteed to add texture and flavour to please your palate.