Banana's could very well be every person's best ally. They are excellent for athletes and body builders, and for those who need a quick boost of energy. Bananas relieve diarrhea, and they keep blood pressure in check. This portable lightweight tropical fruit also helps build muscles.


One average banana has about 100 calories. It contains a plethora of vitamins and minerals important in building muscles including iron, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, magnesium, and copper. Bananas are also an excellent source of potassium and fiber.


Ripe bananas have more sugar than slightly green bananas. When going for a more sustained energy supply, grab a green banana and spread with protein rich peanut butter to eat, or blend with other protein ingredients for a muscle building smoothie.


Bananas are high in carbohydrates and supply only a small amount of protein (around 3 percent). Muscles need protein for growth, definition, and strength. Bananas alone will not provide enough needed protein for muscle growth.


The rich amount of potassium found in one single banana will supply energy need to work out longer and harder. Bananas also improve endurance and concentration during physical activity and muscle training.

Expert Insight

The potassium found in bananas is an essential mineral for protein synthesis. It is imperative in the building of muscles, and it stimulates nerve impulses for muscle contraction.

Fun Fact

Bananas are the world most popular fruit. Americans, including athletes, muscle builders, men, women, and children eat about 27 pounds of bananas every year. The banana plant is not actually a tree, it is an herb.