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Bananas

Bananas

A good source of fuel during exercise.

Originating in South East Asia, bananas are thought to be one of the very first cultivated fruits. Classified as a berry, bananas are widely recognised as a good source of fuel during exercise, and have long been renowned for their medicinal properties. As well as being a remedy for diarrhoea, bananas are said to soothe dyspepsia (upset stomach) and strengthen the stomach lining against acid and ulcers.

Per 100g banana, there is only 95 calories and less than half a gram of fat! As a bonus it will provide 17mg calcium, 78mcg carotene, vitamin C, vitamin B6 and around 88mg of potassium, an essential nutrient.

As the perfect pre-packed snack, bananas are best eaten raw when completely yellow or yellow with brown speckles. They are best for baking and frying just before ripening completely and because of their texture are perfect for smoothies – a dieter's favourite!

Table: Nutritional Information for
1 Med Banana (150g)
Calories (kcal) 142.5
Protein (g) 1.8
Carbohydrate (g) 34.8
Fat (g) 0.5
Fibre (g) 1.7

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