Are frozen bananas as healthy as fresh?

Are frozen bananas as healthy as fresh?

Bananas are known for their high potassium.  In fact, a large bananas has over 450 mg of potassium.  Fresh bananas are a bit different than buying bananas frozen in the store.  Because commercially frozen bananas are usually blanched before they are frozen, you lose a little bit of the potassium.  Blanching is a process that takes the fruit and boils it for about a half of minute and then immediately cools it in ice.    It is not the freezing of the banana, but rather the blanching process that is thought to reduce the potassium content.   Interestingly enough, potassium is a mineral that is not affected by the freezing process.  So if you are taking your own fresh bananas and freezing them to throw in a shake or smoothie you are all good.  However, you may pull a brown banana out of your freezer, but the potassium will remain intact.

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