The yellow sweet bananas that are a staple in many diets were discovered way back when. We are talking all the way back in 1836 by a Jamaican, Jean Francois Poujot, who found one of the trees growing on his plantation, and later started exporting it to the U.S. What was then considered a luxury is now one of the most common fruits sold today. They are incredibly affordable, available all year long and are packed with vitamins and minerals. Whether you eat them alone, or add to cereal or a smoothie, there are several reasons the fruit should remain a staple in your diet.

1. Potassium packed. Your nerves and muscles need potassium to function. Potassium deficiency can cause abnormal heart rhythms and throw off electrolytes. The fruit can lower blood pressure and regulate the proper balance of sodium in your body as well as promote calcium absorption.

2. Fiber is crucial in diets to help with the health of digestive tracks. Fiber is also linked to a decreased risk of diabetes and heart attack. The fiber in a banana may also help with weight control by making you feel full and also help maintain low blood sugar and curb overeating.

3. B Vitamins. Bananas are full of B vitamins – including thiamin, riboflavin, niacin and folic acid. Folic acid helps promotes healthy cell development. Niacin is necessary for a healthy digestive and nervous system. B6 helps fight cardiovascular disease, type II diabetes, and obesity, and ensures the production of healthy white blood cells.