Banana Benefits

Latin Name

Musa acuminata

Also Known As

Red banana


South & South East Asia, first domesticated in Papa New Guinea

Traditional Use and Health Benefits

The Red Banana’s Health Benefits are numerous. The Banana is a great source of Vitamins and minerals and forms part of a healthy diet. It is particularly rich in B Vitamins, and as a source of carbohydrate the Banana can provide a healthy nutrition energy Boost.

Known to be a good Source of Potassium, the Banana can contribute to ensuring a healthy nervous system, and healthy brain and heart function. The Banana offers a concentrated source of nutrition and contributes towards the recommended daily fruit intake.

Nutritional Information Typical Values per 100g
Energy 363 kcal
  1537 KJ
Protein 4g
Fat 0.6g
of which saturates 0.1g
of which mono-saturates 0.4g
of which poly-unsaturates 0.2g
Carbohydrate 81.5g
of which sugars 73.56g
Fibre 7.7g
Sodium 0.20mg
Storage: Cool  


Folklore and History

The Banana was noted to have first been domesticated and farmed in these areas: South East Asia, Papa New Guinea, Africa, Madagasca, Egypt and Palestine.


Sugars, sucrose, glucose and fructose, 0.5% lignin, potassium.


None known.