KIWI AND BANANAS: POTASSIUM TWINSIES!
Health & Lifestyle
We've already talked about the love affair we all have with that flavorful power couple that is kiwifruit and strawberries. They’re practically BFFs! But when it comes to health benefits, kiwifruit shares more in common with its nutritional twinsee, the banana — especially when it comes to fiber and potassium.
Most of us already know why we need fiber.
It aids with digestion and helps keep us regular. But how important is potassium?
Why Do We Need Potassium?
Helps your muscles work properly
Potassium helps your muscles contract when you need them to. This includes your respiratory system, digestive system and the muscles in your arms and legs. Equally important, potassium helps those same muscles recover after exercise.
Reduces excessive sodium
Too much sodium raises blood pressure and increases your risk associated with high blood pressure. Potassium helps flush excess sodium out of your body.
Prevents fluid retention
The process that flushes sodium out of the body also helps with water retention. If your body retains too much water, this can lead to swelling and water-related weight gain.
You can find potassium in a variety of foods — meats, poultry, fish, milk, yogurt, vegetables and, yes, fruits. When people think of potassium, they generally think of bananas. And rightly so! But kiwifruit and bananas are both good sources of potassium.
Nutrition Benefits of Bananas
Bananas are one of the most eaten foods worldwide, after rice, wheat and corn. And it’s no wonder — it’s got plenty of life-giving nutrients in each bite. Like kiwifruit, bananas are a perfect snack when you’re looking for a low-cal, low-sodium treat, bursting with flavor and Vitamins B and C, fiber, potassium and more.