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Bananas about bananas (infographic)

Sept. 18, 2017

Bananas may be known for their potassium power, but a range of other vitamins and minerals give their benefits a boost. They can help lower your blood pressure, strengthen your bones and even improve your immune system.

But it's their sweet taste and convenient packaging that make bananas such a popular fruit. In fact, Americans eat an average of 26 pounds of bananas per person each year. We asked Caitlin Jackson, a wellness education specialist with Sharp Rees-Stealy's Center for Health Management, to share three of her favorite banana recipes.

Bananas about bananas. Baked in bread or topped on cereal, bananas are as versatile as they are delicious. But how much do you know about this grocery staple? We peel back the truth on the nation's favorite yellow fruit. Potassium power. One banana contains 12 percent of your recommended daily allowance of potassium, which helps to lower blood pressure, decrease heart disease and stroke risk, strengthen bones and protect against kidney stones. Sweet as sugar. In baked goods, bananas offer a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth without overdosing on sugar. To use as a sugar substitute in your favorite recipe, follow these steps. 1. Mash a very ripe banana. 2. Replace the sugar with the mashed banana. To decide how much mashed banana to use, halve the amount of sugar called for in your recipe. 3. Reduce liquid ingredients slightly to accommodate for the banana's moisture. 3 ways to eat bananas. For breakfast. Peel a ripe banana and place it in a freezer bag. Freeze overnight. In the morning, puree with 1 cup of almond milk and your favorite fruit. For dinner. Peel a ripe banana and cut it into thick chunks. In an oiled pan over medium heat, saute for 3 to 4 minutes. Add to your favorite curry recipe. For dessert. Cut an underripe banana in half lengthwise and saute it for 1 minute on each side. Remove from heat and drizzle with a whisked mixture of water and honey. Sprinkle with cinnamon and serve with Greek yogurt.

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