There is a reason why you see bananas at the end of marathons, triathlons, and obstacle races. Simply put, you can’t go wrong with eating bananas. Bananas are concentrated nutrition delivered direct from one raw food, fueling you up with approximate 100 calories, 3 grams of fiber, and 422 mg of potassium. Muscle cramping has long been documented as being related to low potassium levels. Anyone who has had their legs lock up at the end of a long race can appreciate this, and should consider grabbing one whenever they are around.
Bananas are easy to eat and digest for the most part. They are easily chewed up and swallowed, even if one is running at 90% intensity. While everyone manages solid food while exercising differently, the banana seems pretty universally accepted as easy to digest while exercising.
In fact, they are easy on your stomach.
Bananas have long been recognized for their antacid effects that protect against stomach ulcers and ulcer damage. In one study, a simple mixture of banana and milk significantly reduced acid secretion. In addition, bananas also help activate the cells that compose your stomach lining, producing a thicker protective mucus barrier against stomach acids.
So, when reaching for your coffee in the morning, reach for a banana, too. When you are heading to workout, grab a banana to go with you for either before, during, or after your workout. Simply put, you never know when you might need an extra dose of quality raw food calories and potassium.