Going BANANAS For Bananas!

By Wendy Liang, UC Davis Nutrition Peer Counselor

We all know that bananas are yummy and are a great source of potassium. They are a great Grab-To-Go meal as well when we are in a rush and busy, especially during exam season.

What else do we love about bananas?

Nutritional Value

  • Bananas are a good carbohydrate source!
  • Green bananas have lots of resistant starch and less sugar.
  • Yellow bananas have less resistant starch than green bananas thus are easier to digest.
  • Also contains Vitamin C, Potassium, Magnesium.

Health Benefits

  •  Can reduce risk of heart disease due to the potassium in bananas which is great for lowering blood pressure. Decrease risk for hypertension.
  • Improve gut health. Resistant starch in unripe bananas acts as a prebiotic and feeds the good gut bacteria.
  • Prevent spike of blood sugar. Resistant starch decreases the rate of digestion of the sugars in bananas.  


  • Plantains – has more fiber than regular bananas
  • Red Bananas – rich in antioxidants
  • Lady Fingers  – same as regular bananas but sweeter

Versatility in Foods

What is your favorite way to enjoy a banana?

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