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March 21, 2010

Regular consumption of bananas could help prevent kidney disease.

Studies now suggest that eating bananas regularly could lower the risk of kidney cancer. According to, “Approximately 31,000 new cases of kidney cancer are diagnosed each year in the U.S. and 12,000 people die annually from the disease.”

Bananas are one of the most popular fruits in the American diet. They are available year round and are a great source of energy, especially after physical activity. In addition, they contain about 110 calories and are easy to digest.

Bananas have polyphenols, or antioxidants which neutralize disease causing free radicals. Those that are not fully ripe contain the most polyphenols.

Bananas also contain nutrients which help regulate the heart and promote bone health, such as vitamin A and C, folate, magnesium, calcium and potassium. A medium sized banana contains about 400 mg of potassium, which is more than the daily requirement.

Symptoms of kidney cancer include urine in blood, weight loss and abdominal and back pain. Seek medical attention if you experience any of these.
Fruit is extremely beneficial for everyone. One should aim for about four to five servings of fruit per day. I eat a banana with breakfast every morning—I don’t know how I am not sick of them yet! But actually, bananas are my favorite fruit because I feel like they go with everything.

If you are unsure of ways to incorporate bananas into your diet, try slicing one up at breakfast in your oatmeal, cereal, yogurt, or on top of waffles. Banana pancakes are also awesome!

For a snack, spread some peanut butter on a banana, or blend into a smoothie with milk or yogurt. These are great post-workout snacks because bananas are a good source of carbohydrates (which is the body’s main energy source), and when paired with protein, they can replenish and energize the body. Bananas can also be used in many healthy desserts as well, such as low-fat pudding.

I didn’t know that bananas help prevent kidney disease until I was reading up on the Internet. This is interesting to me because I had kidney stones a few years ago, and I wonder if bananas could help prevent stones as well—any ideas?

How do you incorporate bananas into your diet?

For a “cocoa-nut” banana recipe, or other banana recipes, click here:

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