Red Banana Nutritional Value and Health Benefits You Might Not Know About

When I was younger  I use to think red banana was spoilt banana. It was red because it is infected with disease. This thinking was so all because red banana is rare in my region. Anyway that was my wrong notion as an adolescent. Red banana exist and are healthy fruits having great nutrition value and health benefits. The color comes from the beta-carotene red bananas contain, and has aroma  just like the sweet strawberries. The fruit of red bananas is similar to the fruit of yellow bananas, but red bananas taste like as if you eat banana and raspberries at the same time.

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Red bananas can be consumed when their skin starts getting dark chestnut-red color and few brown spots. It is better not to consume the fruit if it is too soft and has intense flavor, because of the fermentation process which causes loss of enzymes and development of some dangerous bacteria.

Nutrition Value
Red banana is known for its sweet taste and has high nutritional content, containing large amounts of potassium, Vitamin C and beta-carotene than the yellow varieties. Medium sized fruits contain 400 mg of potassium. Carbohydrates are the predominant nutrient and contain three natural sources of sugar. Red bananas are also rich in fiber. This fruit also contains large amount of Vitamin B6, and iron.

1 Medium sized banana contains the following:
* 29g Carbohydrates
* 400mg Potassium
* 1g Protein
* 21g Sugar
* 4g Dietary Fiber
* 15% Vitamin C
* 2% Iron
* 110 Calories
* 0g Fat
* 0g Cholesterol
* 0g Sodium

Health Benefits
Red banana helps maintain a regular heart beat due to its rich potassium content, a nutrient that is essential for regular heart rhythm. Deficiency of potassium can cause cardiac failure. Potassium also help the body's circulatory system deliver oxygen to the brain and lower blood pressure. Red banana helps in reducing kidney stone and also decreases the amount of calcium that is excreted from the body. This help in keeping the bones strong and healthy.

The significant amount of vitamin B6 which is a water soluble nutrient needed for protein metabolism and red blood cell intake. It is also needed for production of hemoglobin, the protein that carries oxygen throughout the body. Red banana is also good good for people with anemia.

Vitamin C is important for growth, immune health, collagen production and as an antioxidant it protects against free radicals, which may help reduce the risk of heart diseases and certain types of cancer. Been a good source of vitamin C red banana offers you all of these benefits.

When you need to fill up without having to consume too much calories, red banana can help you achieve that. It is low in calorie as one medium size contains just 110 calories and is good for weight maintenance. 

Warning: High potassium foods are not safe for people who have a history of kidney disease, you make need to limit your intake. Consult your healthcare provider about your potassium needs before increasing your intake.

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