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Go Ape for the Health Benefits of Bananas

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Tucked into briefcases and lunch boxes, cut up into cereal or yogurt, blended into smoothies, or smeared with nut butter for an evening snack—North Americans are undeniably ape for bananas! A bunch of bananas is likely the least expensive fruit at your supermarket, which is probably why the average American consumes roughly 28-pounds of the fruit on a yearly basis, according to research from the Iowa Department of Public Health.

Here are eight a-peeling health benefits of bananas…

 

1. Bananas Boost Mood

Research from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) claims that magnesium deficiency can be a real downer on your mood. For example, decreased levels of the mineral can result in irritability, mood swings, anxiety, depression, anxiety, and even cause certain mood disorders (i.e., insomnia and depression).

One simple way to get more magnesium in your diet is by peeling and eating a banana. A medium-sized fruit delivers a whopping 27-miligrams of magnesium toward daily recommendations—320-miligrams a day for females and 420-miligrams per day for males.

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