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Benefits of Bananas

Updated on September 16, 2008

Go Bonkers with Bananas: Give Your Diet a Health Punch!

Bananas can give your diet a health punch because they are abundant with nutritional advantages.

I've always liked eating bananas, but didn't find out all of the health benefits they offer until a friend told me that her PMS symptoms dramatically decreased after she started eating two bananas a day. This led me to research all the different health benefits bananas have. You have heard that an apple a day will keep the doctor away, but bananas will help too!

The Banana Benefit Breakdown

  • Energy Boost: A friend who bicycles competetively told me her entire team goes bananas about eating bananas. In fact, research has shown that eating two bananas will provide your body with enough energy for a high-intensity, 90-minute workout.
  • B Vitamins: This can affect your mood, even helping out with PMS; help calm your nervous system; controls blood sugar levels.
  • Potassium: May help control blood pressure; potassium gives you a brain boost, helping your ability to concentrate; helps to balance your stress levels.
  • Iron: Helps with anemia,
  • Fiber: Helps with regulating your bowels--no more constipation.

More Banana Tips:

Calm your tummy with a banana: great for hangovers and morning sickness.

Bananas are a natural antacid, so definitely use them for relieving heartburn.

Reduce the uncomfortableness of mosquito bites by rubbing them with the inside of a banana skin. (On the other hand, eating lots of bananas can also attract more mosquitoes to you because of the high levels of potassium.)

The U.S. FDA has endorsed claims that bananas help reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.

Add Bananas to Your Diet:

  • Mash or slice bananas and add to oatmeal, cream of wheat, pancake batters, or muffin batters.
  • Add bananas to your smoothies, or use frozen bananas for a banana shake.
  • Slice a banana lengthwise, spread peanut butter on one half, put the banana back together, and eat.
  • Add sliced bananas to cereals and yogurt.
  • Use less sugar in baking recipes, but add mashed bananas instead (try this with brownies, yum).
  • Grab banana, peel, eat.

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      Jason Menayan 9 years ago from San Francisco

      Great hub! I would also add that the potassium is supposed to help cramps. In our swim team, if we ever got cramps, we were told to eat a banana.

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      Isabella Snow 9 years ago

      I love bananas! Yummy hub!

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      cgull8m 9 years ago from North Carolina

      I love bananas also, glad to see it has lot of health benefits like Apple. Great hub Stacie.

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      Watkins Lady 9 years ago

      Wonderful hub. Good to see one of favorite fruits is good for me too!

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      Bob Ewing 9 years ago from New Brunswick

      Bananas are a favourite food, we eat them daily. especially in smoothies. Great hub, thanks.

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      burn-calories 9 years ago

      bananas are wonderful

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      jitenr 9 years ago

      i also started eating bananas after reading ur article.thanks for the info

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      rheel 9 years ago

      I really love banana, I just wonder why I could hardly sleep eating a lot of it.

      Is there any explanation about it?

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      desert blondie 8 years ago from Palm trees, swimming pools, lots of sand, lots of sunscreen

      As a child, I hated bananas. Never really ate them as an adult, though gave them to my kids, who loved them! Then married a diabetic who was encouraged to eat bananas, and have now grown to love them. Have one every day! Just joined in with hubpages and healthy eating is a big interest of mine. Hope you'll want to take a look at two of my columns, https://hubpages.com/health/Vitamin-C-and-Collagen or https://hubpages.com/style/fruity-tooty-beauty Best of luck to you advocating for healthy eating!

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      Mikaella 8 years ago

      It's good to see that my favorite fruit is beneficial to health too. Nice hub.

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      louay al baldawi 8 years ago

      hi

      as long as Avery one interesting in banana .l am shour there is some one are able to help me. l am interesting to get address of companies (suppliers banana) to iraq.

      regard

      louay al baldawi

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      peace_maker 7 years ago from Quebec Canada

      wow I am 47 and my wife and I will go in where we live and buy fruit that has been expired sold for less on a table cart and we buy mangos

      bananas , oranges, apples,pine apples long they had not been to long laying  there . I love Bananas i'll eat them when I can get a good sold...they do help alot I have blood pressure and headaches

       

       

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      Balinese 7 years ago from Ireland

      love banana with nuttella ;)

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      Levana  6 years ago

      Fresh banana Sorbet So yummy with berries too, makes for one heck of a healthy dessert.

      I put my frozen fruits, and i always add banana for a natural sweetener, in my OMEGA 8006 JUICER, and out comes delicious alternative to ice cream.

      Yummm

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      Palak Verma 6 years ago from Sunnyvale

      Good hub! I also love banana.

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      Manish Kumar 6 years ago

      It boost your energy......truely

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      Jp 5 years ago

      Sometimes, make me release my stress as well.

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      dave barrera 5 years ago

      Bananas also fight cancer..................

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