1. Wellness
  2. Health and Fitness
  3. Banana for babies? Learn more about the health benefits and nutritional facts of banana

Banana for babies? Learn more about the health benefits and nutritional facts of banana

Amrita Gracias Amrita Gracias 4 Mins Read

Amrita Gracias Amrita Gracias

Follow

Is banana the first solid food for your child? From being the perfect baby food to preventing kidney stones, eating bananas have many health benefits. Read on to find out nutritional facts about bananas

Infant to Toddler
  • 19.6K
  • 0
  • 0
Banana for babies? Learn more about the health benefits and nutritional facts of banana

Consumed by every age group, from infants to the aged, the humble banana is perhaps the most popular and commonly eaten fruit globally.

In India, several varieties of bananas are grown in regions with a tropical climate. Some of the most popular varieties include the Dwarf Cavendish, Robusta, Rasthali, Hill Plantain (Malai Pazham), Monthan, Nendran, Poovan, Karpooravalli, Yelakki and the Red Banana.

Although widely available and a part of the daily diet for most of us, we remain unmindful of the many health benefits of bananas. So, let's get to know about the science-based benefits and side effects of bananas and the fruit's impressive nutritional value.

Health Benefits of Bananas

  • Aids weight loss
  • Promotes skin health
  • Improves digestion
  • Regulates blood pressure
  • Maintains heart health
  • Provides energy
  • Manages blood sugar level
  • Protects kidneys
  • Fights anemia
  • Prevents cancer
  • Elevates mood
  • Strengthens bones
  • Enhances vision

Calories in banana

Depending on its size, the calories in a banana can range anywhere between 70 and 135. So, it is safe to say that an average-sized banana (7-8 inches long) contains about 100-105 calories. Compared to other fruits, the banana provides a higher amount of calories and is an excellent source of energy.

Nutritional value of banana (ripe, 70g-1 medium size)
Calories

Carbohydrates    
Fat
Protein
Fiber
Folates
Vitamin C
Magnesium
Phosphorus
Potassium

77.45Kcal

17.46gm
0.22gm
0.87gm
1.54gm
13.96µg
5.6mg
21.15mg
14.59mg
253.4mg

Data based on Nutritive Values of Indian foods 2017: NIN, ICMR

Banana during pregnancy

It is important to eat nutritious food during pregnancy, especially fruits that are rich in much-needed vitamins and minerals. The banana is the popular choice for mothers-to-be because it is high in carbohydrates and fiber, and provides instant energy. The fiber in bananas aids in digestion and prevents constipation, which is a common problem during pregnancy. The various nutrients and antioxidants aid in the development of the fetal brain, nerves and immune system, and overall growth. Folic acid reduces the risk of birth defects. The iron present in bananas boosts the production of hemoglobin, thus reducing the risk of anemia — another common issue during pregnancy.

Eating bananas on an empty stomach

Contrary to popular belief, nutrition experts advise against eating a banana on empty stomach, especially in the morning as an alternative to breakfast. Although the fruit is packed with various nutrients, the banana is acidic in nature. So, it undergoes fermentation within the stomach and turns into acid and liquor. This can clog the digestive tract and cause problems with digestion and bowel movements.

When can you introduce bananas to babies?

Once a baby has completed six months, he is ready for semi-solid foods to support his growth and development. Bananas are a great choice when the baby is ready for this significant transition. Packed with both nutrition and taste, your little one is sure to enjoy having a banana. However, remember to mash it into a soft puree to make it easy for the baby to swallow. As he grows older, you can offer bananas cut into small chunks or bite-sized pieces.

For a six-month-old child, one small-sized banana per day is enough. Feed only a ripe banana as a raw banana would be difficult to digest. Also, take care to avoid feeding an overripe banana as this can cause digestive problems.

Bananas are rich in Vitamin B6 and therefore contribute to building a healthy immune system, preventing regular bouts of cold and cough. However, the fruit contributes to mucus formation and could aggravate a heavy cold with congestion.

Another common concern is what variety of bananas to feed a baby. Well, it's best that you give one that is native to your region.

Bananas are one of the healthiest fruits available, packed with a range of essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. Go ahead and enjoy this superfruit and its various benefits! To enjoy the perfect banana, ensure that you choose one that is firm and unblemished.

Fond of bananas? Here are a few products on the market for your baby that are all about bananas.

Banana spread
Banana baby food
Banana teether


Connect with us on

Comments

ParentCircle is a magazine that empowers parents to raise successful and happy children. SUBSCRIBE NOW