We’ve all heard the ‘apple a day’ reference. But after reading this you may want to add a banana to your daily food log as well! Remember, eating one or many bananas per day may not be right for you – Check my past blog link at the end of this article to remind yourself about that info.
Bear in mind, If you are lean – Men: sub 10% or Women 16-20% then adding a banana a day may work well for you. If you are not yet at optimal leanness then bananas may not be the best choice of fruit intake for your day. Choose a lower GI fruit instead, like apples or berries.
Bananas are an edible fruit that, botanically a berry that grows on a large flowering plant. According to whfoods.com the banana plant grows 10 – 26 feet tall & is a member of the Musaceae family.
Bananas grow in clusters or bunches known as “hands”, each of which contains 10-25 bananas. The tree typically grows around 5 hands, often producing between 50-150 bananas per tree.
Bananas contain over 80 different nutrients. Most prominently, a fresh, medium-sized banana will provide you with:
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin A
Below are ten different reasons bananas should be a part of your daily diet!
- Soothes Stomach Ulcers: Bananas are the only raw fruit that coats the lining of the stomach & helps to protect against corrosive acids – therefore soothing ulcers. They also help to neutralise acidic foods, keeping them from making the ulcers worse or creating new ones.
- Treats Morning Sickness: Bananas help to stabilise blood sugar thus reducing nausea from morning sickness.
- Supports Healthy Heart: The potassium in bananas is an essential mineral electrolyte that helps circulate oxygen to the heart & brain. Potassium also helps maintain a regular heartbeat.
- Provides Energy: Bananas are a great source of natural energy
- Regulates Bowel Movements: Bananas provide a good amount of insoluble fibre that cleans out the digestive tract & helps to make bowel movements soft & regular.
- Remove Toxins from Your Body: Because bananas are rich in pectin, they help to gently remove heavy metals & chelate toxins from the body.
- Promotes Eye Health: Eating bananas can protect the eyes against degeneration
- Natural Mood Enhancer: Bananas contain tryptophan which is a natural mood enhancer & helps to relieve the effects of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
- Reduce Swelling: The high levels of B-6 helps to reduce swelling &…
10. Protect Against Type II Diabetes…The B-6 also:
11. Strengthens the Nervous System…&:
12. Helps Produce White Blood Cells
13. Lowers Blood Pressure: The high potassium & low salt content lead the FDA to officially recognise bananas for their ability to lower blood pressure &…
14. Protect Against Heart Attacks….&…
15. Protects Against Stroke.
16. Supports Weight Loss: This high-fiber, low-fat fruit is great for feeling full & satisfied, keeping blood-sugar balanced, energy high & is packed with additional body-benefiting vitamins & nutrients all which help to lose weight faster & more efficiently.
17. Treats Anaemia: Rich in iron, bananas help to replenish this essential mineral.
18. Treats Depression: The high levels of tryptophan in bananas are converted into serotonin – the neurotransmitter that helps you feel happy!
19. Protects Against Muscle Cramps: The potassium in bananas helps to protect against muscle cramps after a workout or nighttime leg cramps.
20. Improve Your Workouts: Eating bananas before a particularly strenuous workout can help to sustain your blood sugar & energy throughout the entire workout. You probably noticed that tennis players also use them between sets to gain a quick rush in blood sugar providing them a boost in energy.
Household Uses for Banana Peels…
Beyond the health benefits of the fruit inside the peel, there are dozens of uses for the peel itself as well! Below are just a few…
- Shine Your Shoes
- Whiten Your Teeth
- Polish Silverware
- Remove Splinters
- Feed Your Roses
- Heel Bruises
- Heal Acne
- Cure Dry Skin
- Heals Mosquito Bites
- Helps Remove Warts
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”
Ways To Prepare Bananas…
Bananas are great raw, dried, cooked or frozen.
“My friend asked me if I wanted a frozen banana. I said ‘No, but I want a regular banana later,
– Mitch Hedberg
There are thousands of recipes that include this wonderful fruit, helping to turn it into a great meal, side-dish or dessert. While it’s great to be creative, remember to keep your dishes healthy!
Below is a recipe for a delicious & nutritious banana smoothie:
2 whole bananas – frozen peeled & chopped
1 large peach, peeled & sliced
1 6 oz. carton of non-fat Greet vanilla yoghurt (or Total 0)
1 dash Nutmeg
Instructions: Place all ingredients in a blender & puree until smooth. Sprinkle nutmeg if desired & serve immediately.
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