Who knew this commonplace yellow fruit contained so many health benefits. Loaded with 400 mg of potassium, no cholesterol, no fat, 4 grams of fiber,  and 110 calories makes bananas a healthy addition to any diet. But did you know this fruit can improve your health in other ways? Here are some additional benefits to eating bananas:         

Whittle Away Flab

Steer clear of the vending machines by eating bananas. This sweet fruit is the ideal substitute for that morning  Reeses candy. Not only will it satisfy a nagging sweet tooth, but it curbs  hunger.  While a ripe banana contains 4 grams a fiber, less ripe fruit can contain nearly twice that amount.

A Calmer You

Stressed out? Eat a banana. This fruit contains 10 mg of tryptophan, the same component found in turkey. This amino acid enhances the body's amount of serotonin, the feel good hormone, which helps calm frazzled nerves and stabilizes moods. On another note, it can act as a mild sedative in some people, so eating a banana before bedtime may lead to a better nights rest.

Your Heart Loves Bananas

Most Americans don't consume enough potassium which is a necessary ingredient for improved heart health. This vital nutrient conditions the muscles allowing them to perform at optimal levels. New research links insufficient potassium levels with higher chances for stroke and high blood pressure. So don't just pop a pill, eat a banana!

Banish The Potential For Kidney Stones

What is good for the heart is good for the kidneys. The potassium found in bananas can help decrease the chances of kidney stones by preventing excess calcium excretion in the urine which leads to the production of these tiny devils. This also helps the body retain sufficient levels of calcium which may prevent osteoporosis in older women.

Great For Your Circulatory System

Bananas contain high levels of vitamin B6 which is directly linked to a healthy circulatory system.  This vitamin plays an essential role by assisting the body with the production of hemoglobin-the element in our blood that transports oxygen.  It helps convert the tryptopan found in bananas into the feel good hormone serotonin, strengthens the immune system, and transforms carbs into glucose which translates into stabilized blood sugar levels. One banana contains nearly twenty percent of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin B6.

With this information in hand, make sure to add one or two bananas to the daily menu. Bananas are sweeter than a Snickers bar, and friendlier to the waist line. This travel friendly fruit will help place you on the path to healthier eating habits.