Bananas were consumed throughout Asia for over 2,000 years before being wrapped in aluminum foil and sold for 10 cents each in America, according to Banana.com. Since this time, the banana has been found to be an excellent source of potassium and other vital minerals. For a unique treat, try slicing a banana, baking and drying it. The result is a sweet and crunchy portable snack high in benefits and flavor and low in guilt.
A handful of banana chips can play a large role in the overall health of your heart via its high potassium quantity. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, potassium is one of few electrolytes required by the body for the stabilization of heart rhythm and other musculoskeletal contractions. As an electrolyte, potassium also helps to conduct the electricity needed to prevent overall body weakness, muscle cramps, stomach upsets, irritable bowel disease and an irregular heartbeat; all signs of low potassium.