a friend gave me a copy of an article about our “fruit-next-door”, the banana.
the article impressed me so much and i want to share it with you. bet you will learn to appreciate the importance of a banana in our diet.
so, let’s have a banana now!
if you want a quick fix for flagging energy levels, there’s no better snack than a banana. containing three natural sugars – sucrose, fructose and glucose – combined with fiber, a banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy.
research proved that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. no wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world’s leading athletes. but energy isn’t the only way a banana can help us keep fit. it can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illness and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.
ANEMIA high in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia
BLOOD PRESSURE this unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it the perfect food for helping to beat blood pressure
BRAIN POWER research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert
CONSTIPATION high in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowl action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives
DEPRESSION according to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. this is because bananas contain trypotophan, a type of protein that the body converts in serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier
HANGOVERS one of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. the banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system
HEARTBURN bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief
MORNING SICKNESS snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness
MOSQUITO BITES before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation
NERVES bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system
PMS forget the pills, eat a banana. the vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels; which can affect your mood
ULCERS the banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. it is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over chroniculcer cases. it also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach
SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER (SAD) bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer, trypotophan
SMOKING bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking, as the high levels of Vitamin C, A1, B6, B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, helps the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal
STRESS potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body’s water-balance. when we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, there by reducing our potassium levels. these can be re-balanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack
STROKES according to research in The New England Journal of Medicine, eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%
WARTS those keen on natural alternatives swear that, if you want to kill off a wart, take a piece of banana skin and place it on the wart, with the yellow side out. carefully hold the skin in place with a plaster or surgical tape
overweight and at work? studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and crisps. looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. the report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods such as bananas every two hours to keep levels steady
so you see, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. when we compare it to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrate, three times the phosphorus, five times the Vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals. it is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around. so maybe it’s time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, “a banana a day keeps the doctor away!”
hmmm… amused? impressed? go buy a banana now.
Leave a Response »