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Updated on January 20, 2013
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Benefits of Eating Bananas

We have all heard about the benefits of eating fresh fruit. An apple a day keeps the doctor away or so the old saying goes. The apple does not stand alone. Move on down the alphabet and find the banana comes in at a close second. Bananas are sweet. The sweet taste will change your mind about grabbing a high sugary treat and a small banana contains only one hundred calories. Bananas can be considered a super food. The high carbohydrates found in bananas help increase energy and many an athlete have eaten them for a quick pick me up.

Bananas with their high potassium and low sodium have the perfect combination for keeping blood pressure normal. Not only do bananas provide plenty of vitamins, but they contain just the right amount of B vitamins together with potassium and magnesium to make a formula for those battling the withdrawal from nicotine. In addition these B vitamins will help improve nerve function. Bananas contain tryptophan, an amino acid that converts to serotonin which will help fight depression. Any type of emotional upset can be reduced by eating this brain friendly fruit.

Vitamin C is found in bananas. Vitamin C will help fight arthritis flare up. Instead of reaching for an orange to get your vitamin C you could try a banana. Vitamin C can slow down the aging process and the unwanted wrinkles showing up to make us look older at an early age. A banana could be our own fountain of youth. This could be why so many seniors eat bananas in their daily diet.

Bananas are high in fiber. High fiber has been said to reduce certain forms of cancer. Research has already proven the importance of eating whole fruits and vegetables. So now we have yet another reason to consume them.

Bananas serve as a natural antacid that will relive heartburn. Bananas can treat hangovers by giving the victim a boost in potassium levels. Alcohol will lower potassium levels when too much is consumed. Potassium in bananas can prevent leg cramps, however too much potassium can cause an adverse reaction and the leg cramps could become worst because of it.

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More About Bananas

Bananas are a natural flea control. Fleas are drawn to a banana skin, but the enzymes will kill them. You can rub the banana peel on an insect bite for quick relief of itching. This works as well for mosquito bites as it does for fleas. A banana peel placed here and there around the yard your pet plays in could prevent the pest from bothering him and from bothering you.

The nutrition DATA for a banana contains vitamin B6, vitamin C, potassium, dietary fiber, manganese, and iron. Dark patches on the yellow skin produces a substance called TNF (Tumor Necrosis Factor). TNF has the ability to fight abnormal cells stopping the growth of cancers and the riper the banana the better. Don’t throw out those brown skinned bananas. If you can’t eat them like they are perhaps using them in a recipe will be more appealing. They could be our link to a cancer free life. Most people like banana bread even if they won’t eat a ripe banana.

Other Ways to Eat Bananas

Bananas can be frozen skin and all if you want to save them for bread making at another time. Toss those black ripe bananas directly into the freezer. Just peel them before you are ready to make the bread. The peel will protect the fruit from freezer burn just as well as a freezer container would with less space needed to store them. Below you will find the recipe to banana bread the way my grandmother made it.

Banana Bread

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

1/2 cup margarine or shortening

1 teaspoon baking soda

3 well ripe bananas, mashed

A pinch of salt

2 cups all purpose flour

Add ½ cup of chopped nuts if desired.

Mix all together well and put in greased loaf pans. This will make 2 fair size loaves. Bake at 350 degrees about 50 minutes. Pierce bread with knife if it pulls out clean the bread is done.

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    • Diana Lee profile imageAUTHOR

      Diana L Pierce 

      6 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      Thank you, rajan jolly, for stopping by.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Thanks for writing about banana one of my favorite fruits and a good fruit for satisfying hungert. A couple of them keep one full for hours. And full of nutrition too.

      Voted up and useful.

    • Diana Lee profile imageAUTHOR

      Diana L Pierce 

      6 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      Glad you stopped by, Hyphenbird. I am always interested in what you have to say. Smoothies are good. It is one way of getting healthy proteins added to a diet, especially when they are made with soy like some of the commercial-made products are. I am sure our homemade ones are better yet. Banana/strawberry are my favorites.

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      Brenda Barnes 

      6 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Hello Diana. I thought I knew about bananas however I learned a lot from your Hub. We keep them in the kitchen and I makes smoothies with them also. Recent research has shown bananas help children focus and do better on tests at school also. So my boy eats part of one every morning. Thank you for the great recipe and banana fact.

    • Diana Lee profile imageAUTHOR

      Diana L Pierce 

      6 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      Smcopywrite- Grandma's banana bread is always a favorite at our house. Many of my relatives use this recipe and love it. I know you will.

      Mhatter99- I never noticed that they sell peeled bananas. Maybe people are buying them this way for recipes. Just to eat one I would have to have the fresh variety.

      ChitrangadaSharon- Thanks for adding another reason to eat bananas. I'm sure there are many many more.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      I agree with you on the benefits of banana. It is a complete food for children and very beneficial to sportsmen for instant energy. It acts like a first aid for persons under the attack of salt imbalance.

      Thanks for sharing this useful hub.

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      Martin Kloess 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. Now they have peeled bananas! I don't like the idea, but I am told they sell.

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      smcopywrite 

      6 years ago from all over the web

      thanks for the great banana bread recipe. i dont enjoy eating them all alone, but i enjoy the taste in other foods. i like bananas in oatmeal and really enjoy a great piece of bread with bananas added. nice article.

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