National Banana Day is celebrated on April 21 to appreciate the healthy fruit which has long been the lunchbox staple for most Americans. Touted as the most popular fruit in the U.S., bananas are both eaten in whole as convenience food and added to meals.

Bananas are a great source of potassium and fiber, which is why it is deemed as one of the best value foods.

Here are some health facts about bananas that will surely drive you bananas over the fruit all over again:

  • Bananas are healthier than apples: Bananas contain twice as many carbohydrates as apples, five times its vitamin A, iron, and three times as much phosphorous. The fruit’s sugar content is balanced with fiber, which enables even those with diabetes to enjoy it.
  • Bananas help whiten teeth: Rubbing banana peel on the surface of teeth before brushing makes teeth whiter.
  • Bananas can cure hangover: Bananas are packed with potassium and magnesium, the two ingredients that the body loses after consuming alcohol. Eating bananas can supplement the lack of both things while reducing the feeling of nausea.
  • Bananas help overcome depression: Bananas can work as a great anti-depressant thanks to their high serotonin and norepinephrine content. Both the ingredients regulate mood and relax both body and mind, leaving one in a happy state of mind.

3 cool ways to add bananas into your meal to have the ultimate fruity fun:

Make a banana split: Banana split is a classic American favorite made with a halved banana, some scoops of ice cream, and toppings ranging from hot fudge to whipped cream.

Banana bread: Bakers said their kitchen never smelt better than during baking banana bread. Dense warm banana bread is surely a comfort food and making banana bread is also a great way to use up overripe bananas.

Chocolate-covered bananas: Freeze some bananas and dip them into chocolate. Now, toss the slices into the refrigerator after sprinkling them with some slivered nuts.

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