Bananas are one of the world's most appealing fruits.
Global banana exports reached about 18 million tons in 2015, according to the United Nations.
About half of them went to the United States and the European market.
In the United States, each person eats 11.4 lbs. of bananas per year,
according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, making it Americans' favorite fresh fruit.
A wide variety of health benefits are associated with the curvy yellow fruit.
Bananas are high in potassium and pectin, a form of fiber, said Laura Flores, a San Diego-based nutritionist.
They can also be a good way to get magnesium and vitamins C and B6.
"Bananas are known to reduce swelling, protect against developing type-2 diabetes, aid in weight loss,
strengthen the nervous system and help with production of white blood cells,
all due to the high level of vitamin B6 that bananas contain," Flores told Live Science.
There’s a bit of confusion surrounding bananas.
Some people consider this iconic golden fruit a healthy choice while others avoid it,
after seeing it on Internet lists of “5 Worst Foods.”
Unfavorable claims suggest that bananas cause weight gain and constipation.
An article from 1917 published in the Journal of the American Medical Association<
defended the nutritional value of bananas, citing rumored beliefs during that
time: “The banana is a cause of indigestion and a treacherous dietary component…”