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Nutrition: Banana Management Tips

Dick Moss, Editor

Bananas are one of the best weapons in a busy student's nutrition arsenal.

Nutrition: Banana Management Tips
They're excellent post-exercise recovery foods because their high potassium concentration (450 mg) aid in the replenishment of the potassium lost in sweat (85-105 mg of potassium in every pound of sweat loss). They're low in fat, high in fi bre, and a medium-size banana contains only about 100 calories.

And best of all, they're convenient: bananas can be quickly “scarfed down,” since they require little chewing. And they even come individually wrapped in a yellow, biodegradable carrying case.

Banana Eating Tips

• Preventing over-ripe bananas
One problem with bananas is that they quickly become over-ripe. You can overcome this problem by storing them in the refrigerator. The cold will turn the outer peel brown but this is just cosmetic— the fruit underneath is unaffected and will stay fresh for a longer period of time.

• Instant banana candy
Make bananas into candy-like snacks by peeling them, chopping them up and storing in the fridge or freezer. They taste like ice cream and are much healthier. And having them already pre-cut into bitesized chunks will make them so convenient, they'll be eaten more often.

• Banana nutrition snack
A well-balanced snack containing all four food groups is a banana spread with some peanut butter, several stonedwheat crackers and a glass of low-fat milk.

Reference: Nancy Clark (M.S., R.D.), Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition Guidebook, Champaign: Leisure Press, 1990.

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