11 evidence-based health benefits of bananas

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Bananas are rich in a fiber called pectin, which gives the flesh its structural form. Unripe bananas contain resistant starch, which acts like soluble fiber and escapes digestion.

Both pectin and resistant starch may moderate blood sugar levels after meals, and reduce appetite by slowing stomach emptying.

Furthermore, bananas also rank low to medium on the glycemic index, which is a measure (from 0–100) of how quickly foods increase blood sugar levels.

The glycemic value of unripe bananas is about 30, while ripe bananas rank at about 60. The average value of all bananas is 51.

This means that bananas should not cause major spikes in blood sugar levels in healthy individuals.

However, this may not apply to diabetics, which should probably avoid eating lots of well-ripened bananas and monitor their blood sugars carefully when they do. READ MORE…

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