Are you a banana lover? Well, if you’re not, get on board! Because they’re really an everyday miracle food!
This little yellow fruit has the potential to be the next great health revolution. It’s high in natural sugars, fructose and sucrose and regular consumption can provide you with some amazing health benefits.
But did you know that bananas are not actually a fruit at all, but are really in the herb family? Aha, well now you know! That isn’t the only secret those bendy yellow bad boys have, so listen up!
They’re extremely easy to add to your diet and they’re also fast to eat as a snack You can add them to your cereal, yoghurt or smoothie in the morning instead of sugar. You can even add them to your baking instead of sugar, so it’s super easy to add more banana to your day!
Bananas rarely contain pesticides or pollutants due to their thick peel, unlike other fruits which can absorb that nasty stuff. If you needed any more convincing, here are some more reasons you should be wolfing down ba-nay-nays!
1. Controls your blood pressure
If you have high blood pressure, bananas are perfect for you. They’re low in sodium and high in potassium which makes them a brilliant food for blood pressure and heart health. They also help your body’s circulatory system to deliver oxygen to your brain, which helps your body maintain both a regular heartbeat and a good balance of water in your body.
2. Helps to cure constipation
The fiber in bananas really helps your bowel movements. If you’re having trouble going to the toilet, just eat a banana and you should go without a problem. They promote the restoration and maintenance of regular bowel movements without the need for laxatives.
3. Gives you energy
If you feel a bit low and need more energy, bananas are just the thing. Those yellow suckers are full of vitamins, minerals and low glycemic carbohydrates, making them a great source of energy. They’re a great food to eat just before a workout and the potassium in the bananas will help prevent muscle cramp – so, all in all, they’re amazing! Eating just two bananas will give your body enough fuel to exercise for an hour and a half so don’t drink a coffee or a sugary sweet if you’re feeling low, eat a banana.
4. Cures heartburn
Bananas have natural antacids so if you suffer from heartburn, unripened bananas are a particularly good food to eat.
5. They’re good for anemia
Bananas help stimulate red blood cell and haemoglobin production. So you know if you suffer from anemia when you’re low on iron, and eating bananas more often could help with this.
6. People suffering depression could feel the banana benefit
Bananas contain tryptophan which your body converts to serotonin which helps us relax and feel happy, kinda like chocolate has been proven to. Except bananas are way healthier.
7. They’re a way to healthier bones
Besides the cardiovascular benefits, the potassium in bananas helps promote bone health by decreasing the amount of calcium released through urine. This will help prevent your bones from thinning as you get older.
8. They’re the perfect food to eat if you get stomach ulcers
Ulcers can be annoying, especially if you get them a lot. You can’t eat a lot of things without causing stomach upset but luckily for you, bananas are perfect because they’re soft and mushy. They protect the stomach lining from acid and irritation, so they’re a great food for ulcer sufferers to eat.
9. Are your nerves and PMS particularly bad?
Well, bananas regulate your blood sugar and are rich in Vitamin B which naturally calms you down, making you more relaxed and resulting in an overall mood boost.
10. They can help with temperature control
Did you know bananas can lower your body temperature and cool you down? Amazing, right? And particularly useful for ladies who are hitting the menopause!
11. Bananas are great for your heart
The fibre, potassium, vitamin C and B6 found in bananas are excellent for your heart health. They’ve been directly linked to a 49% lower risk of ischemic heart disease, and could also help reduce your chance of having a stroke. Overall, pretty fantastic!
12. If you’re diabetic, you know all about bananas, right?
High-fiber diets have been proven to improve insulin levels which make bananas an excellent food choice for people with diabetes. If you do have diabetes, the carbs you take in through bananas will need to be recorded, of course.
13. They improve digestion
Bananas have the ability to combat heartburn, diarrhea and constipation because they’re easy to digest. A small number of people who suffer from acid reflux have found that bananas aggravate their problem, but at least give them a try!
14. And they help with weight loss!
Since eating fiber from fruit and vegetables helps aid weight loss, plus bananas contain relatively few calories (about 100) but are very filling and nutritious, they’re great for anyone watching their weight. Unripe bananas are packed with starch and they’re very filling too, so they can reduce your appetite even more.
15. They contain lots of antioxidants
They contain antioxidants which are good for you without altering your hormones or your mood. Antioxidants have been linked to many health benefits including a reduced risk of heart disease and degenerative diseases.
16. They help kidney health too!
Potassium is essential for blood pressure control and healthy kidney function, and bananas are a great source of the stuff. You’re way less likely to develop kidney disease if you east a banana every day compared to if you don’t!
17. The riper the banana the better it is for your body
It’s immunity-boosting and anti-cancer properties are very effective in improving the function of white blood cells than greener bananas. So instead of throwing your spotted bananas away, you should eat them!
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