I think bananas get some bad hype. I used to hear it all of the time in the hospital from patients..."Bananas are too high in calories"..."Bananas have too much sugar"...and that made me sad. Bananas are a wonderful fruit that you can get year round. They are one of the best sources for potassium and vitamin B6. They also contain vitamin C and manganese, which protect your body from nasty, harmful free-radical damage to your cells. If you are picking bananas out at the store, and want some that are ripe and ready to eat (or bake banana bread/muffins with), you need to look for ones that are yellow with a few brown spots on them. The vitamins & healthy enzymes are at their peak when the fruit is ripe!