Banana power all day long

By Ellyn Peratikou

Sporty types love bananas because they know the secret of this sweet, delicious little fruit – it’s a natural energy bar! An athlete’s ability to train and recover from training, to compete and keep on competing is directly affected by diet. To perform to the best of their ability, their diet needs to be relatively low in fat yet high in energy and they need to ensure that it contains a range of essential vitamins and minerals. And key to this is finding foods which are both low in fat but make an effective contribution to their carbohydrate intake.

Enter the brilliant banana – ticking all the right boxes. It’s rich in carbohydrate, potassium, magnesium and vitamin C along with many other essential vitamins and minerals. With approximately 120 calories and 16 grams of sugar, a banana’s high carbohydrate level gives the perfect energy boost.

Many athletes, such as tennis players and cyclists, find that bananas help them during competition too – the mixture of glucose, fructose, and sucrose along with starch gives them a sustained and substantial boost of energy, allowing them to play harder for longer. Not only that, the high potassium level in bananas is crucial to avoiding cramp, one of the sports person’s greatest setbacks. The number of bananas eaten at Wimbledon each year bears witness to their widespread appeal as an excellent way to “fuel-up.”

But you don’t need to be a professional sports person to benefit from “bananergy”. The banana can provide the perfect energy burst for active toddlers right through to school kids, teenagers and the elderly. And what’s more, this little fruit’s natural sweetness often curbs the need for additional sugar.

So make time to pack the humble banana into your day and reap the remarkable benefits of this smiley, energy packed fruit!



About the author 

Fyffes – we’re famous for our bananas. When Edward Fyffe brought his first few bunches of bananas over from the Canary Islands in September 1888, little could he have imagined that his banana business would grow to become the UK number 1 and the biggest Fairtrade Banana supplier to Europe. We’ve branched out too and the Fyffes Blue Label, first applied in 1929, now also appears on top quality supersweet pineapples. Fyffes – fyffe times better than your average banana. For more information visit:



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