Have you ever heard that “eating too many bananas can kill you!” Bananas are a great source of fiber and are full of vitamins and minerals – including potassium, but can too much potassium be bad for you.
Is it true? The recommended daily consumption level of potassium is about 3500mg, and bananas only have 450mg. According to an article by BBC, this amounts to a person being able to eat 7.5 bananas just to hit the recommended level of consumption! It is, however, recommended that those with kidney disease avoid foods high in potassium, as their kidney struggle to process the micronutrient. A dietician interviewed by BBC states that it would take over 400 bananas in one day for the average person to overdose on potassium.
Why do I even want potassium? Potassium is a key player in cellular processes. It helps generate and transfer electrical charges within and between cells in the body, helps with heart regulation, and helps with insulin release. Potassium is a very important micronutrient!
So go bananas! Bananas are considered a “superfood” because of how packed full of nutrients they are. Eat a few bananas here and there, or even daily!