Scientific Name: Musa acuminata
Bananas (Musa acuminata) are native to Southeast Asia and grow in many warmer areas of the world. Bananas are lengthy yellow fruits with lots of health benefits. They are high in vitamin C, vitamin B6, and manganese. They are a convenient snack and a delicious addition to desserts and breakfast cereals.
Vitamin B6 in bananas is easily absorbed by the body. An amount of 100 g of banana contains 0.37 mg of vitamin B6 (19% of the daily value [DV]). Vitamin B6 helps to make antibodies to fight infections. It also supports a healthy nervous system and brain development, as well as protein metabolism. People often say bananas have high amounts of potassium. However, 100 g of banana only contains 10% DV of potassium. Almonds, peanuts, and pumpkin seeds have twice the daily value of potassium than bananas.
Bananas do have a decent amount of vitamin C (15% DV). Vitamin C supports the immune system and protects the body against cell and tissue damage. It contributes to healthy skin, blood vessels, and organs. Manganese (14% DV) is good for bones and energy creation. It contributes to protecting cells from free radical damage. Bananas also contain dietary fiber (10% DV), which aids digestion.