Saturday, April 13, 2013

Banana & potassium

The average  banana contains about 422 mg of potassium (a little less than ½ a gram), making bananas a potassium superfruit—that's 13% of the daily-recommended amount of potassium from only one banana!
Potassium in bananas stimulates your muscles, nerves and brain cells, and as a bonus, can also help reduce blood pressure and risk of stroke.
Maintaining adequate levels of potassium in combination with magnesium, vitamin D and calcium is essential for optimal health.  When these are out of balance, many people have difficulty with muscle spasms, cramping (particularly leg cramping) and difficulty sleeping.

Get the Potassium You Need – Recommended Amounts per Age Group
With all of the incredible benefits of potassium in bananas, it's no wonder the banana is one of the first solid foods new moms feed their babies. The Food and Nutrition Center of the Institute of Medicine has recommended the following potassium amounts per day for infants, children and adults.
(1 banana = 0.422g of potassium)
Potassium for Infants:
  • 0-6 months:
    0.4 grams a day (g/day)
  • 7-12 months:
    0.7 g/day
Potassium for Children and Adolescents:
  • 1-3 years:
    3.0 g/day
  • 4-8 years:
    3.8 g/day
  • 9-13 years:
    4.5 g/day
  • 14-18 years:
    4.7 g/day
Potassium for Adults:
  • Age 19 and older:
    4.7 g/day
Get your banana potassium today by peeling and eating a banana.  

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