Red Bananas – Health Benefits and Nutritional Value

The most popular fruit in the world – banana, is considered the world’s largest herb.

It contains three types of natural sugars: sucrose, fructose, and glucose. With its high calorific value, 6 vitamins and 11 minerals, banana has huge benefits for human health and increasing energy. Have you heard that in addition to the classic yellow bananas there are at least 5 types of bananas in the world?

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If you already enjoy the taste of the yellow banana, and looking for other kinds of bananas, you could try the red one. These bananas have fruit similar to the classic banana, but with an even richer taste reminiscent of a mixture of banana and raspberry. This exotic type of banana comes from Costa Rica and is especially popular in Central America, Mexico and some parts of Australia.

Red bananas are wrapped in a shell of dark brown-reddish color and are usually smaller than the common yellow bananas. On the inside, the fruit has a soft, creamy texture and pale pink color that comes from beta-carotene content and has a sweet flavor.

Red bananas are ready for consumption when they get a dark brown-red color with a few brown spots. When the fruit is too soft it gets the intense aroma. Ripe red bananas are not recommended to be consumed, because of the process of fermentation, loss of enzymes and the development of new bacteria.

Red bananas have a high nutritional value and contain large amounts of potassium, beta-carotene, and vitamin C.

A medium-sized banana contains 400 mg of potassium, which means it provides the body with 11% of the daily requirement of this mineral and electrolyte. Potassium in red bananas is required for the proper working of the heart, proper muscle contraction and function of the digestive system. This excellent kind of banana is rich in vitamin C. One red banana covers 15% of vitamin C of the daily human needs. This powerful antioxidant is not only to protect the body from diseases but also protects against free radicals, which means it reduces the risk of heart diseases and certain types of cancer.

Red banana is also rich in dietary fiber and only one banana provides 16% of the daily recommended amount of dietary fiber. These dietary fibers reduce the risk of getting type 2 diabetes and heart diseases. Due to the large quantity of vitamin B6 contained, one red banana can provide even 20% of the daily requirements of the vitamin and protein to help metabolism and red blood cells.

These aromatic bananas with its unique flavor of yellow bananas and raspberries are an excellent complement to the fruit salad, ice cream or a banana split. It can be eaten raw, as dried banana chips or baked in the oven. This delicious fruit has even softer and sweeter taste than the ordinary banana.

It grows only in tropical and subtropical areas and usually it takes about 9 months to get ripe red succulent fruit. You will have the opportunity and the chance to try out this wonderful fruit — enjoy to the  maximum.


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