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What is the Nutritional Value of a Banana

Bananas are a tropical fruit best known for their yellow skin, curved shape and pleasant taste. The banana plant is one of the oldest cultivated plants and today they are grown in many countries of the world. Bananas are a popular fruit because of their sweet taste, nutritional value and outer skin, which allows them to be easily transported without causing spoilage to the fruit inside. Let’s take a look at the nutritional value of this important fruit.

The nutritional value of a banana
Bananas are a very good source of vitamin B6 and soluble fiber. They are also a good source of manganese, vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, vitamin B5, B2 and folate (B9).

The following is the nutritional value of a small banana at 100 g or 3.5 oz ( approximate length of 16 cm or 6.3 in.) according to the USDA.

371 kJ of energy and about 90 calories (mostly from the natural sugars).
23.1g carbohydrates (2.6 g fiber, 5,4 g starch and 12.4 g sugars)
0.3 g total fat
1.1 g protein

Vitamin A 64.6 IU
Vitamin C 8.8 mg
Vitamin E 0.1 mg
Vitamin K 0.5 mg
Riboflavin (B2) 0.1 mg
Niacin (B3) 0.7 mg
Vitamin (B6) 0.4 mg
Folate(B9) 20.2 mcg
Pantothenic Acid (B5) 0.3 mg
Choline 9.9 mg
Betaine 0.1 mg

Calcium 5.1 mg
Iron 0.3 mg
Magnesium 27.3 mg
Phosphorus 22.2 mg
Potassium 362 mg
Sodium 1.0 mg
Zinc 0.2 mg
Copper 0.1 mg
Manganese 0.3 mg
Selenium 1.0 mcg
Fluoride 2.2 mcg

Did you know?
A banana of this size also contains about 75.6 g of water and 0.8 g of ash.

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