The lifesaving food you should be eating
Bananas can help prevent heart attacks and strokes, research reveals.
The potassium in the fruit combats the hardening and narrowing of arteries, scientists discovered.
The vital mineral — which spuds, broccoli and sprouts are also rich in — was found to aid blood flow to the heart and brain and reduce the risk of clots, reports The Sun.Should you only eat one meal a day?
Other good sources of potassium include parsnips, seeds, fish and poultry.
Its effect on the arteries emerged in US lab tests on mice.
Researchers at the University of Alabama fed some of the mice a diet low in the mineral while others got extra.Seven organs you can live without
Those that ate potassium-rich foods ended up with a better blood flow.
Official advice from the National Health Services in England is to consume 3,500mg of potassium a day — and four bananas can contribute half of that amount.
However, eating too much can cause stomach ache, nausea and diarrhoea.Salmonella-tainted milk hurts more babies
Older people may be more at risk because their kidneys may be less able to remove potassium from the blood.
Dr Mike Knapton, from the British Heart Foundation, said the study in mice showed that not eating enough potassium leads to the hardening of arteries.
He added: “With more research, we might be able to see if the disease forms in humans in a similar way and develop treatments.”Does interval weight loss really work?
Despite these results, the NHS urges people to see their GP before making any dramatic changes in diet.