Have a Plant: Fruits & Veggies for Better Health

Selection

Choose bananas with slight green on stem and tip. They should be firm, without bruises. Ripens after harvest.

Storage

Store unripe bananas at room temperature. Store ripe bananas in refrigerator for up to two weeks; skin may turn black.

Nutrition Benefits

Fat free; saturated fat free; sodium free; cholesterol free; good source of fiber; good source of vitamin C; good source of potassium.

Health Benefits

Dietary Fat & Cancer

Development of cancer depends on many factors. A diet low in total fat may reduce the risk of some cancers. Bananas are low in fat.

Sodium & Hypertension

  • Diets low in sodium may reduce the risk of high blood pressure, a disease associated with many factors. Bananas are sodium free.
  • Diets low in sodium may reduce the risk of high blood pressure. Bananas are sodium free.
  • Bananas, as part of a low sodium diet, may reduce the risk of high blood pressure.

Dietary Saturated Fat & Cholesterol & Risk of Coronary Heart Disease

While many factors affect heart disease, diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of this disease. Bananas contain no saturated fat or cholesterol.

Fiber-Containing Grain Products, Fruits, and Vegetables and Cancer

Low fat diets rich in fiber-containing grain products, fruits, and vegetables may reduce the risk of some of cancers, a disease associated with many factors. Bananas are a good source of fiber.

Fruits & Vegetables & Cancer

Low fat diets rich in fruits and vegetables (foods that are low in fat and may contain dietary fiber, Vitamin A, or Vitamin C) may reduce the risk of some types of cancer, a disease associated with many factors. Bananas are a good source of fiber and vitamin C.

Potassium & High Blood Pressure/Stroke (Authoritative Statement)

Diets containing foods that are a good source of potassium and that are low in sodium, like bananas, may reduce the risk of high blood pressure and stroke.

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