For those of us who like them, bananas are a great source of nutrients. Rich in antioxidants, potassium, and vitamins B6 and C, bananas are also a good source of fiber! Fiber is often under-appreciated – far from simply helping to ease digestion, fiber also has many health benefits, such as lowering cholesterol, protecting against stroke, and lowering blood pressure. Different types of fiber can also nourish the good bacteria we have living in our intestines; bananas are rich in a type of fiber called resistant starch, which passes through our system undigested, and benefits bacterial allies in our gut.
Don't throw those browned bananas away:
The problem many of us have with bananas is how quickly they ripen – especially bananas from the organic aisle. Did you know that as bananas ripen and change color, their nutrient profile changes as well?
Regardless of color, bananas are a good source of potassium and vitamins, but as a banana gets browner, its concentration of antioxidants increases. Eating a brown banana can boost your antioxidant intake, helping your body protect itself against inflammation and free-radicals.