All about Bananas
Do you like banana? Banana is a tropical fruit. Even among professional athletes, bananas are mandatory food for them because it contains a lot of energy. This fruit is not only easy to digest, but also contains nine nutrient. Compared with other fruits, bananas were easily to be enjoyed because it does not need to be processed. We can easily found this fruit in the market. Just for information, a ripe banana contains 99 grams calories, 25.8 milligrams of carbohydrates, 28 mg phosphorus, 8 mg calcium, 0.7 g fiber, 0, 5 mg iron, 3 mg vitamin C, 0.08 mg of vitamin B, 44 RE vitamin A and 72 grams of water.
The healthy benefit of banana
We have to be careful in choosing banana to get the benefit. Only a ripe banana can convert blood sugar into glucose naturally, as well as fast to be absorbed into the blood circulation. How to know the characteristic of a ripe banana? banana skin is yellowish green with brown or yellow spots. All content in ripe bananas, will provide some benefits for health. Like:
- Ulcer pain. As a fruit which can be consumed directly, bananas do not irritate or damage to the intestine for ulcer pain, because of soft texture.
- Anemia. Because the content of iron is quite high. This substance can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood for anemia patients. Just consume two bananas every day.
- Pregnant woman. Women who were pregnant are suggested to eat bananas, because banana contains high folic acid. This substance is important for the perfection of the fetus, the formation of new cells and preventing birth defects. Based on research, a ripe banana contains about 85-100 calories. By eating two fresh bananas regularly will support the daily need of 58 micrograms folic acid. Banana is very good as a snack for pregnant women to reduce morning sick.
- Power source. Because of this fruit is easily to digest, so the sugar content will be converted into a good energy source for working muscles and also very nice to eliminate fatigue.
- Reduce stress level. Bananas contain potassium. This substance helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates moisture balance in the body. If we experiencing with stress, our metabolism will increase dramatically and reducing potassium level in the body. By consume banana, potassium levels in the body will be balanced. Banana also gave relax effect and vitamin B6 in banana useful to calm the nervous system.
- Increase brain power. There is a research has been done by 200 student in England. They able to complete the final exam only with a breakfast using bananas. Potassium content in bananas made the students become more active in the learning process. As a teacher, I also recommend bananas to all my students.
- Stroke. Eating bananas every day would reduce the risk of death from stroke by 40%. This report based on the research of The New England Journal of Medicine.
- Beauty therapy. We can use banana as a face mask, overcome damaged hair and it useful to make smooth hands. Banana diet also helps skin to be cleaner and not greasy.
- Weight loss program. A study has shown that a person can lose weight with a diet of bananas.
- Help smokers overcome nicotine addiction. The content of vitamins B6 and B12 in bananas can neutralize the influence of nicotine in the body. For passive smoker, eating bananas also help increase the endurance of the body from smoke of cigarette.
- Reduce high blood pressure. Banana also suggested by FDA (Food and Drugs Association) in US to prevent high blood pressure.
Bananas as herbal remedies
No one better than fruits, I mean fruit as a natural source which give us option as a natural remedies. Why we don’t start to consume and use this fruit for health reason? I think many people have awareness in using fruit and vegetables as natural remedies. Here some recipes we can use as herbal remedies by using banana. Please, check it out!
- Reducing weight loss. Just eat four bananas and four glasses of non-fat milk or fresh milk in a day. Do it for three days in a week.
- Increase body weight. Just consume a glass of banana shake mixed with honey, nuts and mango after dinner. We can consume this every day. So simple, right!
- Liver Disease. Two bananas a day mixed a tablespoon of honey are good to increase appetite and increase strength of the body.
- Motion sickness. If this happen during your trip, just mixed banana with a glass of milk and honey.
- Bitten by a mosquito. We can use banana skin. Itching and swelling will quickly disappear.
Dashboard made by banana
I know it looks weird and nobody thought that banana could be a material for car industry. By combining banana and pineapple, scientist team at the University of Sao Paulo (Brazil) has found new materials for car spare parts. This material was stronger and lighter than the materials used so far. With a method by separate fiber in bananas and pineapple and mixed with plastic. This method produces a super-strong material, even stronger 30% than Kevlar (trademarks owned by American company, DuPont). Kevlar has strong structure, tough and heat-resistant up to 370 degrees Celsius. But Sao Paulo team found great material by mixed fruit fiber which is also lighter 3-4 times than Kevlar. Environmentally friendly new material is very suitable for car spare parts such as dashboards, bumpers, and side panels.