Nutrition Quiz: Bananas

We'll use any excuse to write about bananas, a personal favorite of the Nutrition Quiz.

1. Bananas are renowned for being a rich source of potassium, which, among other benefits, helps regulate blood pressure. Which of these fruits contains more potassium than a large banana (806 milligrams)?

a) One cup of sliced kiwi

b) One cup of raisins

c) One medium apple

2. The high content of vitamin B6 in bananas provides what health benefit?

a) Strengthens bone development

b) Converts blood glucose into energy

c) Improves nerve-impulse stimulation in brain function

3. The fruit also is rich in magnesium, which does what?

a) Strengthens bone development

b) Converts blood glucose into energy

c) Helps prevent gout

4. Uganda is a banana-loving country. How many bananas does each person in the country consume daily?

a) 1.3 pounds

b) 2.5 pounds

c) 5 pounds

5. According to Dole, which of these cities is not considered a "top banana market" by the company?

a) New Orleans

b) Albany, N.Y.

c) Des Moines, Iowa

ANSWERS: 1: b (raisins: 1,086 milligrams in potassium); 2: c; 3: b; 4: a; 5: b. Sources:;;

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