Wednesday, April 6, 2011

13 Convincing Reasons to Eat Bananas


Healthy Tips Thursday
In addition to posting gluten free recipes, I will now be posting healthy tips every Thursday.




You may have heard the old saying that " an apple a day keeps the doctor away." Well apples are not the only healthy fruit. Bananas are highly nutritious as well.  Here are thirteen convincing reasons to start including bananas in your diet.


1. Tired?
Bananas provide an instant energy boost, along with B vitamins, minerals and fiber
When you need a quick energy boost, grab a banana. What could be easier? They do not require refrigeration, they are easy to digest and are readily available. Athletes know this secret and depend on bananas and their added nutrients to fuel their bodies for strenuous exercise. Just two bananas can provide enough energy to sustain a 90 minute workout. Their B vitamins nourish the nervous system, minerals aid muscles and fiber helps lower cholesterol and is a factor in healthy elimination. So, next time you need a quick energy boost, forget the granola bar and grab one of nature's snacks, a health giving satisfying banana.
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2. Stress lowers potassium levels; Bananas restore potassium and thus relieve stress:
Bananas contain a substantial amount of potassium, a vital mineral that helps regulate heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain, and normalizes the body's water balance. When we are stressed, the metabolic rate automatically increases and this in turn lowers the body's potassium levels. Bananas are rich in potassium and can help restore the body's potassium levels.
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3. Bananas can help lift your mood 
Bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin . Higher serotonin levels in the brain can help you relax, improve your mood and make your feel happier. Eating a banana can help raise your levels. So, when you are feeling blue, try a banana before you delve into the junk food. The nutritious low calorie banana may be just what you need to help lift your serotonin levels and thus your spirits.
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4.  High Blood Pressure?
Bananas to the rescue again. The banana is high in potassium and low in salt, making it an ideal for lowing blood pressure. The US Food and Drug Administration allows the banana industry to endorse bananas as a food that can help lower the risk of high blood pressure and stroke. This nutritious fruit is a power food when it comes to good health.
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5.  Constipation ?
Before resorting to a laxative, first try eating two large bananas. The bulk of the two may help restore bowel function. Better yet, to avoid constipation, try make eating bananas part of your daily routine. Their high fiber content may help keep you regulated.
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Heartburn?
The natural anti-acid type properties in a banana may help relieve your heartburn. Why suffer? Try a banana for natural relief.
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7.  Morning sickness?
Bananas have long been known for their soothing effects on eliminating morning sickness. Eating bananas between meals helps keep the blood sugar up and thus may lower the incidence of morning sickness.
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8.  Hangover?
Make a banana smoothie using bananas, milk, and honey . This smoothie helps coat the stomach, re-hydrate the body, and balance blood sugar levels. Many say it works quickly and gives great relief.
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9. Ulcers?
Bananas are the only raw fruit that can usually be eaten without distress for those with severe cases. Its soft texture and smoothness makes it an ideal food for intestinal disorders. It is excellent for coating the lining of the stomach which helps reduce irritation and neutralizes acidity.
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10.Warts?
It might be an old wive's tail , but they say the relief is in the peel. Many people say that by wrapping the inside of the banana peel over the wart and securing it in place with tape, they are able to get rid of the wart. However, use bananas that are somewhat green. The active healing compounds diminish as the banana ripens. If you wan to try it, soak the wart in warm water allowing the wart to soften. Rough the wart with an Emory board so it is better exposed to the banana peel. Cover the wart with the inside of fresh peel and secure in place with a large bandage. My nephew tried it and said it worked! Those who have used it say it takes at least 3-5 treatments but within 2 weeks their wart disappeared. ( Of course check with your doctor before trying this)

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11.  Mosquito Bites?
Again the inside of the peel is to the rescue. Rub mosquito bites with the inside of the peel to help reduce swelling, itch, and irritation.
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12.  Anemia ?
Bananas also contain significant amount of iron. Iron stimulates the production of hemoglobin in the blood which may help in the case of anemia
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13. Looking for a tasty treat? Chocolate Covered Bananas
Try dark chocolate dipped frozen bananas.
Peel bananas and insert a popsicle stick in one end to halfway through banana. Freeze on cookie sheet until frozen ( about 8 hours) . Remove from freezer and dip banana in melted dark chocolate chips.

Bananas make great snacks whether eaten alone or incorporated into a smoothie, a muffin recipe, cut into cereal, dipped in chocolate or eaten on a sandwich with peanut butter. So, when you are tired and stressed instead of grabbing for a cookie, grab for a nourishing health giving banana. Your body will thank you.

You have always known that bananas are good for you, but you may not have known how much  they have to offer? Bananas have many qualities that are thought to contribute to optimal health. In comparison to an apple, they have twice the protein value, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice as many other vitamins and minerals.


Extra Tip: To keep bananas from ripening too quickly, separate your bananas. They ripen more slowly when they are separated from the bunch.

Disclaimer: This information in this blog is for educational purposes only. It is not meant to treat or diagnose. Always check with your doctor before making any changes to your diet.

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This post has been linked to the recipe carnivals at   Thrilling Thursday,  Full Plate Thursdays, Cooking Thursdays, Simple Lives Thursdays, It's a Keeper Thursdays, Frugal Food Thursday, La Bella Vita , Katies Cusina , Fight Back Friday, Foodie Friday, Friday Potluck Fighting the Flu

12 comments:

  1. I love this, Judee! With two boys (4,6), we go through bunches of bananas (heehee)! One of our family's FAVORITE traditions (that many others have taken up now, too) are what we call "banana grams". When I pack the kids' lunches for school/mother's day out, instead of writing on a napkin, we write a short & sweet little note (with a ball point pen) on their banana. They look forward to it!! (And when little man has issues napping at his MDO, his nana says "take your nap today!!".

    Thanks for following! I'm following you as well.
    {HUGS}

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  2. What an adorable idea. Thanks for sharing it.

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  3. My grandmother told me that the doctors were begging for people to donate their bananas to babies during the second world war. This was in Sweden and the doctors knew what a powerhouse of nutrients they are. They were also hard to come by so far North. We love bananas too...great post.

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  4. Thanks for following my blog! Great topic, although I didn't need any convincing! I eat at least one banana a day, and each of my kids do the same. In the summer, we freeze the ripe ones on popsicle sticks and then suck on them like ice cream pops. Refreshing, healthy and fun.

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  5. Hi Judee,
    Ok now I know why I just have to have my Banana everyday. I can really tell the difference when I don't get my Banana. I love you post and hope you will bring us your tips every week, great idea! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you next week!

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  6. Stopping by from Thrilling Thursday! I wish I could eat bananas, but I'm allergic. $60 bucks for Prednisone = so not worth it :( Bummer. I knew they were healthy, but I didn't know they did all that!

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  7. You don't have to convince me - I LOVE bananas!

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  8. Congratulations Judee,
    You are featured on Full Plate Thursday this week! Enjoy!

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  9. Awesome post Judee and thanks for the follow!! I love nutritional information like this and have followed your blog... I've got a video that you should check out when you get a moment.

    All the best....

    Jason

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  10. I love bananas. I always keep restocking whenever it gets depleted. In our household we make sure we eat at least 1 banana a day.

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  11. I love bananas! Since giving up all kinds of junk, bananas are my go to food when I need a snack or something sweet! Thanks for visiting my blog! I'm now following you!

    Kelly
    http://mysimplewalk.com

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  12. Wow, bananas are basically the miracle fruit and cheap! I knew they were good for you and had health benefits, but didn't know they had this many! I am getting more bananas today. It is so important to eat proper foods for your body and health (https://www.drlam.com/blog/reactive-metabolite-response-adrenal-fatigue/29186/)

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