Health benefits of bananas.

Bananas are high in antioxidants, which can provide protection from free radicals, which we come into contact with every day, from the sunlight to the lotion you put on your skin.

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Bananas can be helpful in overcoming depression “due to high levels of tryptophan, which the body converts to serotonin, the mood-elevating brain neurotransmitter.

BAD: Dried chips.

DRIED banana chips are no health food. Coated in oil and sugar, they’re almost as calorific as milk chocolate and, typically, a 30g handful contains more than a third of a woman’s daily maximum saturated fat.

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GOOD: With custard.

Bananas are rich in a mineral called potassium. This mineral is important as it helps maintain fluid levels in the body and regulates the movement of nutrients and waste products in and out of cells.

A large banana provides 10% of the recommended daily intake of magnesium, for healthy nerves and joints. Add calcium-rich skimmed milk custard for a bone-friendly dessert and one of your five-a-day.

BEST: Green.

Newly-ripened bananas tend to be less sweet than well-ripened bananas because the starch hasn’t fully broken down into simple sugars.

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Higher in resistant starch, which reaches the colon undigested, where it feeds good bacteria to produce short-chain fatty acids that help ward off bowel cancer. Green bananas also keep blood sugar levels steadier.

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