BANANA: FRUIT OF LIFE
Banana believed to be originated from India. It is one of the oldest fruits known to man, delicious, seedless and if is available throughout the year. The thick covering skin provides protection against bacteria and contamination. It vary in sizes, color, form, texture, sweetness. It may be yellow, reddish or greenish color depending on its varieties. It has a high nutritional value as fruit. It has energy source, tissue building capacity, protein, minerals ans vitamins. It is best source of calories, sugars as energy booster and recovery from hunger.
It has a natural sugars, like glucose, fructose, and sucrose. It has fiber beneficial to health. It also prevent substantial number of illness. It is a must to our daily diet. Ripe bananas are eaten raw as dessert during our meal. Unripe fruit are cooked with great taste. It made into a banana chips commercially produced and sold to the public. The flour prepared from unripe bananas is rich in minerals and easily be digested.
It is helpful to people suffering from depression because it has trytophan, a protein that will be converted by the body into serotonin to relax the mind, improve the mood. It has high in iron, stimulating the production of hemoglobin in the blood to treat anemia. High in potassium, low in salt that can reduce elevation of blood pressure. Eating banana regularly can boost brain power due to the presence of potassium. High in fiber to restore normal bowel action without resorting to the use of laxative due to constipation. Banana calm the stomach due to hang-over. It helps to build up depleted reserve of blood sugar level. It has a natural antacid properties with soothing relief from heartburn.
Eating banana between meals keep the blood sugar level to goes up and avoid morning sickness. The inside of banana skin is good to reduce swelling and irritation from inside bites. High concentration of vitamin B to calm down the nervous system. Eating banana can neutralize acidity to reduce irritating effect by coating the lining of the stomach. It is good for intestinal complains. It is helpful to people giving up smoking. Due to the presence of potassium and magnesium help to recover the body from nicotine withdrawal.
It normalizes the heartbeat by sending oxygen to the brain and regulates body's water fluid. Stressful people rises its metabolic rate reducing potassium. It helps to cut the risk of death of strokes. It contain high grade protein with essential amino acids. A mashed banana with little salt can remedy dysentery. High in iron content, good for the treatment of anemia by stimulating the production of hemoglobin in the blood. It is also useful in the treatment of arthritis and gout. The juice of the plantain or cooked banana can cure tuberculosis.
The juice from banana stem can remedy urinary disorders by improving the efficiency of the kidney and liver. It has been found to be of great help in the treatment or the removal of kidney stones, gall bladder and prostate. Cooked banana flower eaten is good for menstrual problem of painful menstruation and abnormal bleeding. It helps increase progesterone hormone to stop the bleeding. Temporary relief for minor burns and wounds by beating a ripe banana and plaster it to the affected areas supported by cloth bandage.
The young tender leaves of banana gives a cool dressing for inflammation and blisters. Banana puree is good as infant food.
What are some other uses:
Ripe banana can be sliced, bake, broiled and serve as food. Ripe bananas thinly sliced and cooked with lemon juice and sugar to make a jam or sauce. Ripe bananas mashed, mixed with coconut cream served as beverage. Sliced ripe banana can be made into canned syrup. The entire bunch of banana is peeled and boiled slowly for hours and its thick syrup become honey. Fully ripe plantain are deep fried or cooked into various dishes. Banana flavor or powder done by sun-drying slices of unripe fruits and pulverized.
Fried green plantain and banana chips were in commercial production found in groceries. Ripe banana are made into beer and wine. It can be made into vinegar from fermented banana rejects. Terminal male buds of wild banana is marketed thru boiling whole after sooking in salt water eaten as vegetables. The new shoots of young plants maybe cooked as green. A solution of ash from burned leaves and psuedostems is used as salt in seasoning vegetables. Dried green plaintain, ground fine and roasted used used as substitute for coffee. Rejects ripe bananans used as animal feeds. It is how banana is important in our lives for wide vareity of its uses both for food and better health.