Are bananas bad for you?

By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer

Potassium and fiber. Yum!

Recently, monkey handlers decided to take bananas out of their monkeys’ diet. Apparently, they’re grown with too much sugar and calories! Well, since we share more than 90% of those primates’ DNA, does that mean bananas are bad for us, too?

Actually, there is no need to worry; as bananas are just as good as any fruit can be for us. Sure, they contain about 14 grams of sugar, but in this case, the sweet molecule comes hand in hand with tons of fiber – a carbohydrate that can’t be digested. Together, they give the body a chance to use the sweet molecule as energy instead of storing it as fat.

Meanwhile, since fiber can’t be digested by the body, it just passes through the digestive tract until it’s time to use the bathroom. As it is making its way through our bellies, it cleans out the walls of our intestines, while helping us feel full.

Bananas also have high levels of potassium and magnesium, which should make any athlete jump for joy. We often lose these nutrients when we sweat, so this yellow fruit is a great way to refill depleted stores. Bananas also have high levels of the B6 vitamin, which is essential in hundreds of chemical reactions that occur inside your body.

These fruits may be bad for monkeys, but they sure are good for us.

Featured image courtesy of Christian Dembowski on Flickr. Image of bananas courtesy of Ian Ransley on Flickr.