How D’ya Like Them Banana’s?

Recent studies from the CGIAR agricultural partnership, highlighted by BBC News suggests how Banana’s may well have to replace the Potato as a staple in some developing countries!

The Potato requires a colder climate to thrive, whereas the Banana flourishes in a warmer ambient temperature, meaning despite the humble Potato and Banana sharing many things in common, the climate changes we are witnessing may well place far more emphasis on the active cultivation of banana crops compared to potatoes. This may well be the only way to meet nutritional demands in years to come.

Banana’s and Potatoes are both rich sources of Potassium which is important in cellular messaging and maintaining the normal functioning of your heart i.e. generating action potentials enabling your heart to beat, potassium is also key to maintaining fluid balance in the body. They both contain B vitamins, in particular vitamin B6, which is integral to many enzymatic reactions involved in maintaining our DNA, right the way through to protein synthesis and muscular development. Bananas and Potatoes deliver carbohydrates (although unlike Potatoes, Banana’s are not starch based) and insoluble fibre i.e. the type that doesn’t mix well with water and therefore gets everything moving! You also get your fair share of vitamin C from both of these with an average 150g Potato providing approx 16mg (around 25% of RDA) and an average 7 inch Banana (that’s male and not female inches btw) delivering approx 10mg of vitamin C!

Other substitutes to Potatoes could include Casava (which can basically grow anywhere) and Cowpeas, aka poor man’s meat, which appears to be very resilient to any climate.

About the Author

Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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