Banana is one of the most widely eaten fruits in the world. It is an herb that was first discovered by Alexander in 327 B.C. in India, and has now become a staple for everyone in the world. Banana is used in recipes in several forms, eaten raw and used in juices, desserts and several other forms. It is rich is potassium and low in calories and fats, making it quite healthy. Nowadays, people are consuming banana juice owing to the multitude of health benefits of bananas.
The basic banana juice contains around 143 calories. It is made of two bananas, nutmeg, honey and vanilla extract. Since bananas are not juicy, one has to add some liquid to the juice. This low-calorie version has water. The final calorie content of banana juice depends on whether water or milk is used, and the kind of milk used. While soy milk is lactose free and low calorie, it can add around 60 calories. On the other hand, milk can add around 160 calories per serving of banana juice. If one wants to gain weight, one can add banana juice with soy milk or whole milk to their diet.
Banana juice is also prepared as a concoction of other fruits like orange, pineapple, strawberries and cranberries. Orange-banana juice is quite popular. One cup of banana and orange juice contains 142 calories, which are broken into 93% carbohydrates, 5% protein and 2% fat. Pineapple and banana juice contains only 128 calories, making it healthy and delicious at the same time. A cup of Banana juice contains zero cholesterol, 2 mg sodium and 580 mg potassium. Potassium plays a key role in normal brain functioning and aids in blood pressure control. However, if one has kidney disease or has been placed on low potassium diet, having banana juice can be detrimental.