Banana is the most consumed fruit in Brazil. Bananas stand out in cooking, in the economy and are good for your health. The Brazilian production of banana is distributed in 27 units of the Federation, including the Federal District, standing out, after orange, as the most important fruit in harvested area, quantity produced, production value and consumption.

Very practical and convenient for handling besides being consumed freshly, the banana is used for several purposes. The bananas constitute the basic diet for millions of people in several developing countries and can be baked and cooked. They can also be in cake recipes, sweets, fruit salad and together with ice crams, for example.

Vitamins A, B and C are some of the nutrients found in the banana. Three different types of natural sugars are some of the nutrients found in the banana. The presence of three different types of natural sugars, sucrose, fructose and glucose, make it a great source of energy for the body, providing 90 calories for each 100 grams. This is a perfect fruit to lower the blood pressure levels for having a high content of potassium and low content of salt. The mineral is also good against stress and helps in the learning process.

For being rich in dietary fibers, it helps a lot in digestion. Besides this, it allows the strengthening of the bones and teeth due to its calcium and magnesium. As it is rich in iron, it prevents from anemia, because the mineral in the production of hemoglobin. The banana also has as a benefit reducing stress and depression besides improving the vision thanks to the vitamin A and to the beta-carotene. And, it contains several other mineral salts such as manganese, zinc and fluoride too. It is also great to consume it after physical activities, for restoring the nutrients.

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