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The Health Benefits and Uses of Banana With Smoothie Recipes

Updated on April 11, 2012

Banana Jokes

1. Why did the banana go to the doctor?

He wasn't peeling well

2. Why do bananas wear sunscreen?

Because they peel.

3. Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana

Why did the banana go out with the prune?

Because he couldn't find a date

4.What do you call two banana skins?

Slippers!

5. Why don't bananas snore?

Because they don't want to wake up the rest of the bunch.

Benefits of bananas


The health benefits of bananas

Nutritionist aren’t monkey-ing around when they say bananas are a healthful food.

History of Bananas

It is believed that bananas have been cultivated for about 4000 or more years, the earliest accounts of cultivation of bananas originate from Southeast Asia, Africa, and New Guinea. Buddhist text document bananas in a Vessantara Jataka, a story about a King and in the story he finds bananas “the sized of elephant tusks”. Because of human migration bananas are being cultivated in many parts of the world.

Bananas are considered a fruit and are related to the avocado. They are used as a dessert in many parts of the world. There are many different types of bananas such as, Cavendish(common in U.S.A.), Plantain(large, Yellow, Native to India and Tropical areas of the world) , Red, Burro(Maroon in color ), and Baby(small, yellow, native to Columbia). There are many other types of bananas but these are the most common. In preparing bananas they can be baked, fried, frozen, mashed, just peeled and eaten( my favorite way!). They have a sweet flavor and good consistency.

The Health Benefits of Bananas

Bananas are full of potassium, which is a nutrient that benefits your heart, kidneys, and bone. They are also proclaimed to be a mood enhancer; they contain tryptophan which is an amino acid that helps the brain produce serotonin. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter in your brain. Ample amounts of serotonin are necessary for the proper functions of the brain that control mood. Symptoms of a deficiency in serotonin can include anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders, anger, post menstrual syndrome, depression, sleeplessness, and sugar urges.

Bananas are full of fiber and will help your body to produce regular bowel movements and it is also reported that bananas reduce diarrhea by feeding the good bacteria in your stomach and bowels, which in turn fights any bad bacteria that causes diarrhea. They are high in iron to ward off and reduce anemia, relieve heartburn because to their antacid effects to the stomach when eaten, they also help with nausea associated with pregnancy and hangovers. Bananas reduce the risk of stroke up to 40% when eaten daily. The benefits of bananas are plentiful; I have outlined a few important ones. At 110 calories each the sweet and healthful banana is a great food choice.

Other Benefits of Bananas

The benefits of bananas don’t just stop at an internal level for us; they also carry many benefits for outside our bodies. The use of bananas on our skin has many benefits. A few of them being; facial masks, use the peel to remove warts, put banana pulp on scrapes and scratches to support and speed up healing, and yes, believe it or not a tooth whitener, you rub the peel on your teeth and it apparently whitens them. If you try it let me know if it works out, I think I will pass on this experiment and take people’s word for it!

Bananas are also beneficial in our yards! Banana peels are good fertilizer for your roses. People use the peels for fertilizer, and to ward off those dreaded aphids that invade every spring. Bananas attract; butterflies, birds, and bees, as well as beneficial insects.

Common uses of banana leaves

The leaves of the banana plants are used for a variety of things such as roofing, food plates, to cook; people wrap food in them much like we use tinfoil.

Go organic when possible

It is important to note that when we consume any food, especially in high quantities we should consider the amount of chemicals that are used in the production of our foods. If you choose to eat high amounts of fruits, vegetables or even meats, you should always consider purchasing certified organic products when possible.

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Banana smoothie recipes

Banana Fruit Smoothie

1 Banana, 1/2 peach, 4 Strawberries, 10 ,blackberries, juice from 1/4 of a fresh lemon, crushed ice then blend.

Banana Strawberry Smoothie

Blend 1 Banana, 8 strawberries, juice from 1/4 of a fresh lemon, 1/2 cup of soy milk, add ice, blend, drink up!

Banana Chocolate Protein Smoothie

1 Banana, 3/4 milk or you can substitute soy, rice, almond milk. scoop chocolate powdered nutrition drink, 1 to 2 tablespoons peanut butter, add ice, blend and enjoy.

Banana Honey Smoothie

Blend 2 bananas and 3/4 cup milk, add 1 tsp honey, add ice, blend and enjoy.

Note: Any fruit can be substituted and blended with banana and 1/4 juice of a fresh lemon. If you use frozen fruit, you can eliminate ice or you will get brain freeze!. I avoid ice in my smoothies, but often use some frozen fruit. Happy drinking


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    • KimberlyLake profile imageAUTHOR

      Kimberly Lake 

      6 years ago from California

      Thank you for your comments. I learned a lot about the as I researched this article, I am glad kids love them so much.

    • Dolores Monet profile image

      Dolores Monet 

      6 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Love those bananas. They are the most wonderful fruit and there is nothing like a food that is delicious, feels like a treat, and is so good for you. Voted up for all the great info!

    • KimberlyLake profile imageAUTHOR

      Kimberly Lake 

      6 years ago from California

      @Vellur I love bananas too, they are in my top favorite foods. I have heard (but can't confirm) that bananas are the only food we couldn't survive on if that was all we ate, My sons told me this bit of trivia and I also read it on chemistry.com. I found that very interesting. Thank you for the comment enjoy your day!

    • Vellur profile image

      Nithya Venkat 

      6 years ago from Dubai

      I love bananas. Great hub. Bananas are very tasty and healthy.

    • KimberlyLake profile imageAUTHOR

      Kimberly Lake 

      6 years ago from California

      @Greenheart I haven't tried that one, I wouldn't think to combine those two ingredients. Those are two of my favorite foods, thanks for the new recipe!

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      Greenheart 

      6 years ago from Cambridge

      A simple but yummy recipe is banana and avocado in a blender. Thats it!.Its worth a try.

    • KimberlyLake profile imageAUTHOR

      Kimberly Lake 

      6 years ago from California

      I love peanut butter and bananas, and I likefd to drizzle a little honey over it. Thank you for your comment.

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      P. Thorpe Christiansen 

      6 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

      My favorite way to eat a banana is with a layer of peanut butter spread across one side of it. Really good.

    • KimberlyLake profile imageAUTHOR

      Kimberly Lake 

      6 years ago from California

      Try adding the lemon it adds a lot of flavor. I think you will love it.

    • roxanne459 profile image

      Roxanne Lewis 

      6 years ago from Washington

      Banana's are awesome but I didn't know just how awesome until I read this! My whole family loves Strawberry/Banana Smoothies. :)

    • KimberlyLake profile imageAUTHOR

      Kimberly Lake 

      6 years ago from California

      Thanks! I am glad to hear you liked my hub. When you put the lemon juice in the smoothies it tones down the banana flavor and adds to the flavor of the other fruits.

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      michiganman567 

      6 years ago from Michigan

      I heard that bananas are good to keep from cramping up if you are working in the heat.

      I find that bananas in smoothies overpower the rest of the flavors. Nice hub, you included a lot of information that I did not know.

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