Bananas are the go-to fruit for competitive athletes. All running races stock them for their participants, and tennis players such as Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray rely on bananas for instant energy before and during the games. Shape magazine reported that a new study from Appalachian State University found that when cyclists ate half a banana(or one Indian size) in place of drinking a bottled sports drink every 15 minutes, they got a an identical performance boost with added nutrition and less sugar.
Bananas offer an all-natural, fiber-packed source of carbohydrates, potassium, B6 — without the empty calories and artificial ingredients, explains lead researcher Dr. David C. Nielman.
Bananas have an undeserved bad reputation in India and most dietitians will tell you to avoid them. Bananas do have a higher fat content than citrus fruits but their advantages far outweigh their calorie content. They are available in plenty, can be carried along or bought from the many vendors when you need a quick snack. Eating a banana is much better than eating a vada-pav or chaat from a cart, or even a vegetable sandwich to curb your hunger. So whether you are an athlete or not, go ahead and indulge in the yellow fruit.