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Posted on 09/23/2014

You know the saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Well, I touched on that a few weeks ago. Enough said.

But, what about bananas -- are they a truly healthy food?

Well, sort of.

It just so happens that where bananas are concerned, you really can’t eat too many of them…especially if you are a woman over 50 years old.

According to a new study focusing on potassium intake and stroke prevention recently published in the journal Stroke.

Potassium is one mineral found in bananas, but also in many other foods if you just look and read.

What researchers found were women in the 50-plus age group who ate high-potassium foods were 12 percent less likely to suffer from a stroke in general and 16 percent less likely to suffer from an ischemic stroke (one that is caused by a blood clot) in comparison to women who didn’t.

More importantly, the high-potassium women were 10 percent less likely to die from any cause than those who ate low amounts of the healthy mineral, potassium.

Why Potassium?

Potassium has been long associated with lower blood pressure, according to the lead researcher of the study.

The most surprising finding of the study was in women without hypertension and stroke prevention potassium had on that group as a whole.

Researchers couldn’t correlate how this relates to men’s health and stroke prevention, since women were the focus of the study.

It is important to note, the study focused solely on potassium rich foods through dietary sources and not through supplements. Including foods rich in the mineral: bananas, spinach, dates, yogurt, potatoes and salmon to name a few.

To obtain the adequate amount of daily potassium it is not difficult since it is everywhere, as researchers said, you just have to look at labels and know many other foods contain it than bananas, such as spinach which offers twice as much as bananas.

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Seattle Sutton, BSN, RN

She made healthy eating her mission in life long before anyone else did, in hopes of helping her own obese father. A registered nurse by training and entrepreneur at heart, she lives, eats and breathes everything about healthy eating and helping to improve people’s eating habits and overall health. She enjoys never having to bother with grocery shopping, cooking and counting calories. Her favorite SSHE meal, although it’s hard to pick just one, is the Potato Gnocchi with Basil Pesto Sauce.

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