Foodfile: Bananas

The healthy prepacked snack and 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, they're great for replacing high calorie, less healthy snacks like chocolate bars if you are trying to lose weight or eat healthily. Plus bananas are sweet and satisfying.

Bananas are best eaten raw when completely yellow or yellow with brown speckles. Their texture is perfect for smoothies – a dieter's favourite! Use less ripe fruit for baking and frying.

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


You can find calorie and nutritional information for wide variety of fruits in our fruit calorie counter.

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