Hungry? Grab a banana. It has got to be the easiest and most affordable way to fill yourself up in a pinch. Banana is a delicious and versatile fruit that provides instant energy and is rich in essential nutrients. Who doesn’t like bananas? However, what about high blood pressure (BP) patients?
Is a banana good for lowering blood pressure? Read to learn more about the connection between bananas and blood pressure.Contents:
Bananas are a great source of potassium, fiber, antioxidants, vitamin C, and vitamin B6. The following is the nutritional information for 100 g of slightly ripe and overripe bananas.
|Nutrient name||Slightly ripe and Ripe Bananas||Overripe Bananas|
|Energy||98 kcal||85 kcal|
|Protein||0.74 g||0.73 g|
|Fat||0.29 g||0.22 g|
|Carbohydrate||23 g||20.1 g|
|Fiber||1.7 g||1.7 g|
|Sugars||15.8 g||15.8 g|
|Citric acid||341 mg||279 mg|
|Malic acid||369 mg||290 mg|
|Potassium||326 mg||326 mg|
|Starch||3.66 g||0.41 g|
|Vitamin C||12.3 mg||9.7 m|
Bananas are known for having high potassium content. According to AHA (American Heart Association), foods rich in potassium are good for people with high blood pressure because potassium lessens the effects of sodium on your body.
Consuming more potassium-rich foods increases the amount of sodium you remove from your body through urine. Further, potassium also helps to reduce the tension in the walls of your blood vessels, which also helps lower blood pressure. So, a banana can be a good option to add to your diet if you have high blood pressure.
As per research, eating 2 bananas a day for a week can help lower your blood pressure by up to 10%. However, if you have other health conditions such as kidney diseases, you should consult your doctor before adding potassium-rich foods such as bananas to your diet, as too much potassium can be harmful in kidney diseases.
Bananas can be eaten at any time of the day. It is best advised to eat bananas in the daytime, especially as a breakfast option. Bananas can also be eaten as a post-workout snack or even in the evening. They should be avoided at night only by those suffering from cough, cold, asthma or sinus issues.
Like any food, eating too many bananas can cause health problems:
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