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BAD, GOOD, BEST: Bananas

Green bananas are good for you

BAD: Dried chips.

DRIED banana chips are no health food. Coated in oil and sugar, they're almost as calorific as milk chocolate and, typically, a 30g handful contains more than a third of a woman's daily maximum saturated fat.

GOOD: With custard.

A large banana provides 10 per cent of the recommended daily intake of magnesium, for healthy nerves and joints. Add calcium-rich skimmed milk custard for a bone-friendly dessert and one of your five-a-day.

BEST: Green.

Higher in resistant starch, which reaches the colon undigested, where it feeds ‘good' bacteria to produce short-chain fatty acids that help ward off bowel cancer. Green bananas also keep blood sugar levels steadier.

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