By: Nikki Nies
I’ve written much about bananas in the past. Not only are they a nutrient pact fruit, but an AWESOME, convenient snack. I’m sure like many, the first thing I think about in regards to bananas are that they’re potassium rich. However, after spurting out that commonly known about bananas, I don’t know many other facts about bananas at the tip of my tongue. So, off to do some research!
Here’s what I’ve gathered:
Bananas are harvested all year round and belong to the Musaceae family, along with plantains. Banana plants can grow from 10-26 feet.
- Provides high energy
- Helps maintain normal blood pressure and heart function
- May help promote bone health
- Soothing protection against ulcers–antacid effects
- Can replenish electrolytes–rich in potassium–which can help with diarrhea
- Contains pectin, which is a soluable fiber, that can ease constipation
- Contains resistant starch
- With high levels of tryptophan that is converted to serotonin, can help ease depressive symptoms
- Can prevent work out or night cramps
- Strengthens blood, which can reduce anemic effects due to high levels of iron found in bananas
- B vitamin rich–great for coping with withdrawal of smoking, if needed
- Reduces nausea from morning sickness
- When eaten prior to a work out, can help sustain energy and reduce chances of low blood sugar
- At a less ripe stage, listed as low as 30 on glycemic index
- May lower your risk of age-related macular degeneration (ARMD)
- Promotes kidney health
You can’t get much better than a banana. They’re so versatile and can be used in many healthy treats. Currently, I’ve got all my bananas frozen in the freezer, ready to be grabbed for a smoothie!