Banana is one fruit that is commonly available, not just in one country but across the world. It doesn’t come with a season but is available all-year round. Perhaps this is why it is used across so many delicacies- from banana pancakes, bread, smoothies and shakes to a number of regional delicacies such as kheer or south Indian banana chips or avial. But is it just versatility of banana that makes it so popular? Not only is banana super yummy, it is also brimming with health benefits! Yes, apart from being an instant energy booster, banana boasts of multiple other benefits. With zero cholesterol, only about 0.3 total fat, about 360 mg potassium, 2.6 gm dietary fiber, 12 gm sugar and 1.1 gm protein, banana sure has got many health benefits that we might not know of!  

Here are 5 benefits of banana that you must know:  

1. Heart Health  

As per a study done by University of Leeds in UK, consumption of fibre-rich foods such as bananas can lower the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) as well as coronary heart disease (CHD). Banana, being a rich source of fibre is thus said to be good for heart health.   

2. Aids Digestion  

Bananas are rich in dietary fibre which has been linked to improved digestion. If we go by Ayurveda, banana has both sweet as well as sour taste, and while sweet taste brings about heaviness, the sour taste is known to stimulate agni (the digestive juices), which may help digestion and boost metabolism.   

3. Manages Blood Pressure Levels  

The low salt content and high potassium content makes banana ideal for those with raised blood pressure levels. But before including it in your daily diet, make sure to consult an expert.   

4. May Help Fight Anaemia  

A condition with decreased number of red blood cells or haemoglobin in the blood is called Anaemia. And those suffering are often advised to increase iron content, banana being rich in iron could be a great booster.  

5. Weight Loss  

Fewer calories and a rich fibre content make bananas an ideal food if looking to shed kilos. A banana shake right in the morning can be a wholesome breakfast in itself, which will keep you full for long, curbing appetite and thus leading to weight loss.