North Americans can’t get enough of bananas - they’re inexpensive, hassle-free, and tasty. It’s no wonder they're one of the most popular fruits eaten in North America. Unlike most fruit which lose their starchiness as they ripen, bananas retain some of that starchy complex when they become ripe.
Bananas are commonly known for being a great source of potassium, which has excellent cardiovascular benefits. But did you know that they are also a great source of prebiotics? We commonly hear about probiotics, which are good bacteria that live in our colon and may offer many health benefits such as improving IBS symptoms and helping with lactose intolerance. On the other hand, prebiotics are non-digestible carbohydrates (like inulin in bananas) which help ‘feed’ the good bacteria. The combined beneficial effects of probiotics and prebiotics keep our digestive system happy and healthy.
Bananas are tasty and nutritious - what’s not to love? You can slice them up and add them to cereal, freeze them and make banana bread, or add them to your yogurt. If you’re looking for a zero fuss snack, a plain banana will do the trick!