Let’s Go BANANAS!


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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.

Benefits: banana

  • 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!

Sources: http://foodmatters.tv/articles-1/25-powerful-reasons-to-eat-bananas

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=7

http://www.chiquita.com/Products/Fruits/Bananas.aspx

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