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Thursday, February 02, 2006

Health Points: Bananas & Walnuts

Bananas are rich in potassium, an essential mineral for maintaining heart function and blood pressure.

Bananas help activate the stomach lining cells protecting against ulcers and acting as an antacid.

Bananas are effective in normalizing movement through the digestive tract and ease constipation.

Bananas contain a compound that nourishes the friendly bacteria in the colon and helps the body absorb calcium

Bananas are available year round at low cost.

Nutrition per 1 medium banana:
Calories: 108
Protein: 1.3 grams
Carbohydrates: 27 grams
Natural Sugar: 14.4 grams
Fiber 3.1 grams

Daily Values:
Vitamin B: 35%
Vitamin C: 18%
Potassium: 13%

Walnuts contain omega-3 essential fatty acids, a special type of protective fat the body cannot manufacture.

The omega-3 fats can improve cardiovascular health, promote better cognitive function and work as anti-inflammatory agents against asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, eczema and psoriasis.

Walnuts contain an antioxidant compound called ellagic acid which supports the immune system and has several anticancer properties.

Nutrition per 1 tablespoon of dry raw walnuts:
Calories: 175
Fat: 16.7 (1 gram saturated)
Protein: 6.8 grams
Carbohydrate: 2.8 grams
Fiber 1.9 grams

Daily Values:
Omega 3 fatty acids: 90.8%
Manganese: 42.5%
Copper: 20%
Tryptophan: 15%

Nutritional Data From World's Healthiest Foods.

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