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Bananas

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About This Food

Description

Bananas were one of the first fruits to be cultivated by man and have the number one vote as Americans’ favorite fruit.

A tropical fruit, the banana is best known for being a good source of the important mineral potassium. Green bananas are rich in fructoologosaccharides (FOS) that benefit gastrointestinal health and the amino acid tryptophan best known for its calming effect and use as a sleep aid.

Glycemic Index=51
Glycemic Load=12
Antioxidant Score (ORAC)=879


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Selecting & Storing

Bananas should be plump, firm, and brightly colored. Look for unblemished fruit with their stem ends and skins intact. A split skin or stem may become an entry point for contamination. Bananas bruise easily, so handle them with care. To speed ripening, put them in a loosely closed paper bag (an apple in the bag will further speed the process). Once ripened to your liking, bananas can be held at room temperature for a day or two. Storing in the refrigerator to slow down ripening- although the skins will turn dark, the fruits will remain edible. You can keep refrigerated bananas for up to two weeks.

Special diets
  • AIP Diet
  • Elimination Diet
  • Gluten-Free Diet
  • Gluten-Free/Dairy-Free Diet
  • Grain-Free Diet
  • Low FODMAP Diet
  • Low Histamine Diet
  • Low Lectin Diet
  • Low Oxalate Diet
  • Paleo Diet (Light)
  • Paleo Diet (Strict)
  • Pescetarian Diet
  • Primal Diet
  • Vegetarian Diet
  • Whole Foods
Benefits
Excellent Source of
Good Source of
  • Fiber
  • Potassium
  • VitaminB6
  • VitaminC
  • Manganese
Preferences
  • No Fish
  • No Red Meat
  • No Pork
  • No Eggs
  • No Shellfish
  • No Gluten
  • No Nuts
  • No Seeds
  • No Soy
  • No Dairy
  • No Poultry
  • No Corn
  • No Yeast
  • No Peanuts
  • No Coconut
  • No Molds
  • No Citrus
  • No Pseudograins
  • No Nightshade
  • No Legumes
  • No Grains
  • Low Cholesterol
  • Low Fat
  • Low Sodium
  • Low Saturated Fat
Nutrition & Macros
Nutrition Information

Serving size: 1 small

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Calories: 90

Omega-6 / Omega-3 ratio: 2 : 1

Macronutrients
Amount
Total Fat
0.33 g
Saturated Fat
0.11 g
Monounsaturated Fat
0.03 g
Polyunsaturated Fat
0.07 g
Trans Fat
0 g
Essential Fatty Acids (Omega-3)
27 g
ALA
27 mg
EPA
0 mg,
DHA
0 mg,
Conjugated Linoleic Acid(CLA)
0 mg
Cholesterol
0 mg
Total Carbohydrate
23.07 g
Net Carbohydrate
20.44 g
Sugars
12.35 g
Fiber
2.63 g
Protein
1.1 g
Sugar Alcohols
0 g
Vitamins
Amount
% Daily Value*
Vitamin A
64.64 IU
1%
Vitamin C
8.79 mg
15%
Vitamin D
0 IU
0%
Vitamin E
0.1 IU
0%
Vitamin B6
0.37 mg
18%
Vitamin B12
0 mcg
0%
Vitamin K
0.51 mg
1%
Folate
20.2 mcg
5%
Niacin
0.67 mg
3%
Riboflavin
0.07 mg
4%
Thiamin
0.03 mg
2%
Choline
9.9 mg
2%
Minerals
Calcium
5.05 mg
1%
Copper
0.08 mg
4%
Iron
0.26 mg
1%
Magnesium
27.27 mg
7%
Manganese
0.27 mg
14%
Phosphorous
22.22 mg
2%
Potassium
361.58 mg
10%
Selenium
1.01 mcg
1%
Sodium
1.01 mg
0%
Zinc
0.15 mg
1%
Phytonutrients
Alpha-carotene
25.25 mcg
Beta-carotene
26.26 mcg
Beta-cryptoxanthin
0 mcg
Lutein + zeaxanthin
22.22 mcg
Lycopene
0 mcg

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