My 2.5 year old eats these small tangerines by the box, although I have tried to feed her more bananas. I started to wonder which of the two popular fruits is healthier.
Here’s how they compare across important nutrients such as Fiber, Vitamin C, Potassium, Folate and Vitamin B6:
|Nutrient||It’s good because…||Orange||Banana||Winner|
|Fiber||Fills you up||3 gms||3 gms||Both|
|Vitamin C||Builds healthy skin and joints||70mg||10 mg||Orange|
|Potassium||Helps muscles and nerves work properly||250mg||500mg||Banana|
|Folate||Builds healthy nerves||47 mcg||24 mcg||Orange|
|Vitamin B6||Keeps you happy and your brain alert||.08 mg||.43 mg||Banana|
|Calories||62 calories||105 calories||Depends|
|Sugars||12 gms||14 gms||Both|
Bananas have more energy and are easier to eat, mash up and combine with other foods. I know one mom who has great success with broccoli because she takes pureed broccoli and mixes in some banana. The kid likes the texture and it is a bit sweet. Hey, whatever works.
Bananas help you gain weight so if you are trying to have your child gain some weight give them some bananas.
The answer: They are both really good for you. Much, much better than junk food.