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Whether you eat bananas on their own, put them in your smoothies, or use them as a base for baking, you can probably agree that bananas are one of the most versatile (and delicious) fruits. Not to mention, they have tons of health benefits.

Check out five reasons you might want to add more bananas into your diet below.

Rich in vitamins
Yes, there are a ton of nutrients packed into the small yellow fruit. Bananas are rich in vitamin B6, potassium, and vitamin C, and they’re even considered a superfood, according to the American Medical Association.

Improves digestion
Bananas, especially less ripe bananas, contain resistant starches that support gut health. The carbohydrates in bananas can be easily broken down, so it’s gentle enough for anyone suffering from the stomach flu or nausea, and they can help restore electrolytes.

Regulates blood sugar
Bananas rank low on the glycemic index. The resistant starch and pectin in bananas are absorbed slowly in the small intestine, so it doesn’t cause a sharp rise in your blood sugar.

Increases heart health
Did you know potassium is essential for heart health? Luckily, bananas are loaded with the mineral, and people who eat enough potassium have a 27% lower risk of heart disease.

Heals mosquito bites
Yep, the inside of a banana peel can even be used to calm itchy mosquito bites. Next time you’re attacked by the pesky bug, rub the bite with the inner peel to help reduce irritation.

xx, The FabFitFun Team

Our favorite way to eat bananas? In banana bread, of course. Here’s how to turn your brown bananas into delicious banana bread.