Benefits of Bananas to Us
Bananas are the bomb! We always have bananas at home. It’s the first thing I eat in the morning.
Bananas are very common here in Asia. It’s an affordable fruit that should be present in every home. Bananas don’t go on trees, like many of us would think. They spring from gigantic herbs, which most of us refer to as banana “trees”.
Bananas have many variations; and many uses. There are spotted bananas; bananas for cooking; and bananas you can readily eat. Bananas are also used in making beers, wines and vinegar in some countries.
Health benefits of bananas
Bananas are highly nutritious fruits; very tasty, especially when ripe; and they’re ready to eat even without washing.
Bananas are great snacks. They are filled with energy building nutrients. The potassium and sugar in bananas boosts up one’s energy level. Notice how athletes have bananas on them, too during a match or a game?
If you’re into weight loss and weight maintenance, bananas are good for you too. They are low in calories (just over a hundred) and provide great support to your metabolism and digestive health. It has no fat and no cholesterol content.
The benefits of bananas also include relaxation. It helps reduce depression with its tryptophan content. This amino acid is converted by the body into serotonin which helps us eases tension or stress.
Bananas are also nature’s very own antacid. Hyper-acidic people (like myself) benefits a lot from this fruit. It helps reduce acidity and gastric irritation.
Nutritional benefits of bananas
The nutritional profile of bananas include:
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin C
Vitamin C is an anti-oxidant with helps strengthen our immune system. The benefits of this vitamin is appreciated during flus, colds and fever.
The benefits of potassium for the body include cardio-vascular health. It helps regulate high blood pressure and decreases the risk of heart ailments such as stroke or heart attacks.
Ripe bananas help move bowels. This is good for the constipated. Unripe bananas on the other hand, are good for those suffering from diarrhea. Bananas help restore the lost electrolytes in the body through its potassium content.
Iron improves the hemoglobin count of our blood. It’s good for the anemic. Iron pumps up our energy level as well. If you’re feeling weak and sluggish, grab a banana and you’ll instantly feel better.
Bananas contain fructan sugar called fructooligosaccharide. These elements helps with our digestive help by increase the good bacteria in our colons. These probiotics helps us in absorbing calcium which strengthens the density of our bones.
Get the benefits of bananas by adding them regularly in your diets. Whether their plantains, saba, burro, red bananas or yellow bananas, they will give you physical, emotional as well as mental satisfaction.
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