Bananas—aka the fruit that’s usually sitting on your kitchen counter until it turns brown—is among the most controversial fruits. Many people avoid bananas because they’re high in carbs and sugar compared to most other fruits. But that doesn’t mean bananas can’t be part of a healthy diet. In fact, there are many banana benefits you probably haven’t considered. Read on for some convincing reasons to add more bananas to your diet.
Bananas are rich in potassium
Bananas are an excellent source of potassium. “One of the main reasons we need potassium is to regulate fluid balance in our bodies,” says nutritionist and holistic health coach Jen Silverman. “Potassium has also been shown to lower blood pressure, strengthen bones, and promote proper muscle function.”
Excerpted from Real Simple