Health Smart

  • Natural source of fibre

  • The perfect easy-to-pack snack

  • Brain food with potassium and Vitamin B6

  • They're a power food

  • Absolutely fat free

  • Mid afternoon energy booster

Your heart

Bananas are a Superfood for your heart because just one Smart Banana is an excellent source of vitamin B6 and a good source of potassium, fibre, and vitamin C - nutrients that help promote heart health.

Studies show that vitamin B6 helps reduce the levels of homocysteine, (JAMA. 1998 Feb 4;279(5):359-64), an amino acid which, at high levels, can lead to artery blockage. It is also known that fibre reduces levels of LDL 'bad' cholesterol; in fact an analysis of 10 studies (Arch Intern Med. 2004 Feb 23;164(4):370-6) showed that for each 10g/day increase in fibre intake (a Smart Banana gives 2.8g) the risk of death from CHD drops by 24%. Vitamin C prevents oxidation of LDL 'bad' cholesterol.

Potassium plays a role in regulating blood pressure levels and one particular study (the DASH study - N Engl J Med. 1997 Apr 17;336(16):1117-24) showed that dietary potassium intake is associated with reductions in blood pressure. In fact, doctors in India discovered eating just 2 bananas a day can reduce blood pressure by 10% in just one week.

Cancer fighter

Smart Bananas contain lectins, which have been strongly linked to a reduction in the risk of cancer and potentially helpful in the treatment of cancer. Plant lectins are known to resist digestion and enter the blood stream intact. 

They can affect the growth and proliferation of cancer cells, and even cause their ultimate death. Smart Bananas can help reduce the risk of kidney cancer. Research on 61 000 Swedish women found that, of all the fruits, bananas gave the greatest protection against renal cancer. Women eating 5 bananas a week nearly halved their risk of renal cancer. Source

Healthy & happy insides

We all know that high fibre foods help keep to you regular and prevent constipation. High in fibre, bananas included in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, without resorting to laxatives. 

A Smart Banana with 2.8g will provide about 10% of your fibre needs for a day. It is a myth that bananas will constipate you as the detail above shows they are ideal in keeping you healthy and regular.

Weight control

You won't get fat on a banana. Bananas have a high satiety index, that is, they are very filling for the amount of kilojoules they provide. Imagine eating a medium sized serve of fries. Not particularly filling are they? Imagine eating four bananas at once. 

You would probably stop at one or two. Well, four bananas have the same number of kilojoules as a medium fries, yet are so much more filling. If you are trying to maintain a healthy weight, then eat plenty of fruit and vegetables and go easy on the fatty foods. As there is no fat in a banana it is almost impossible to get fat on a banana!

Perfect pick-me-up

Carbohydrate snacks are very useful for bringing low blood glucose levels back to normal and helping to avoid the mid-afternoon slump often experienced at work. We can control our blood glucose levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every 2-4 hours to keep levels steady. 

Healthy carbohydrate snacks are very useful for clear thinking, improved memory and mood. Bananas are ideal, because of their low GI and zero fat level.

Antioxidant power

Scientific research papers confirm that bananas have significant antioxidant power. One study showed that bananas reduced the oxidative stress in the blood and reduced the ability of LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) to be damaging. 

The prevailing view is that oxidised LDL plays a major role in the formation of plaque leading to heart disease, so anything that reduces this risk is good news.

Another study showed the antioxidant compounds in bananas helped protect nerve cells, which in turn could help protect the brain from Alzheimer's Disease.

Nutritional Info

Our Smart Banana nutrition panel shows just how good they are!

Brain Smart

There's so much good here, that we've got a whole page dedicated to it. Read more about Brain Smart.