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What if we told you there was a groundbreaking new tool to help you lose weight, reduce bloat, fight cancer and increase your energy—all for just about 19 cents a piece. But its powers are proven, and to investigate just how impactful they can be, Eat This, Not That!

And bonus: Each one comes with a free carrying case, so you can grab it and go! consulted our team of nutritionists to determine exactly what eating one banana does to your body.

—is perhaps the least-heralded supermarket staple, a superfood more associated with kids, monkeys and slapstick comedy than with steel-cut abs.

(Cool pro tip: The riper the banana, the more nutrients it has!

Here are the top 21 most b-a-n-a-n-a-s things that will happen when you add the fruit to your daily diet.

If after a workout, you’ve felt like your muscles are sore—or not growing fast enough—you might not be getting enough magnesium in your diet.

A good source of magnesium, bananas can help with muscle contraction and relaxation as well as protein synthesis — which, in turn, increases lean muscle mass.

A bonus: magnesium intake helps boost lipolysis, a process by which your body releases fat from its stores.

One fun way to get your magnesium: Make banana tea.

Just boil some water, cut off both ends of a banana (still in its peel) and boil for 7-10 minutes. We all know that bananas are a prime source of potassium.

Because it’s an electrolyte, potassium helps your muscles recover from a workout, strengthens their development, and allows you to work out more.

Bananas don’t just look like smiles; they promote them because they contain vitamin B9, (also known as folate), a nutrient that may fight depression by boosting a substrate that has antidepressant properties.