If You Think Bananas Are Just For Monkeys, Think Again
Bananas are perhaps one of nature’s most under-rated fruits.This fruit is often been overlooked.However, the fact remains that the curved yellow fruit packs a big nutritional punch, wrapped in its own convenient packaging. Some scientists believe that the banana may have even been the world’s first fruit.They are the perfect super-food that give us energy, make us feel full and provide our body with all the essential nutrients. They’re rich in fibers, vitamins and natural sugars like fructose and sucrose. That’s exactly why even the doctors recommend it and it’s the perfect addition to your breakfast.
An instant energy booster, banana is one fruit that is commonly available across the globe.Americans eat more bananas every year than oranges and apples combined; it’s the top consumed fruit in the states.So many people have a routine of buying a bunch of these fruits and eating them through the week. Initially, they will be greenish yellow in color and don’t have any spots. But with time they keep getting more and riper, and have brown spots. These spots become increasingly bigger and then cover the entire fruit.
Most of us think that brown bananas are rotten and don’t eat it. There’s nothing wrong with believing so because most of the fruits are going to become brown and then rot. But that is not the case with bananas. The riper they are the more dark patches they have, the more Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF) they will have.It’s a cancer fighting substance that helps fight against abnormal cells in our bodies.
TNF fights against the abnormal body cells. It is helpful in enabling communication between the cells of your immune response system. It also helps guide cell movement towards those body areas where there is infection or inflammation.
TNF obstructs the growth the tumor cells. It also inhibits the spread of tumor cells by inducing apoptosis (cell death). Along with this benefit, bananas also have high amounts of antioxidants. They help in strengthening your immune system and give a boost to your white blood cells count.
So if you see brown spots on your bananas, don’t throw them away. They are the best bananas to eat. You will get a mini-health boost along with an energy boost.
But the health benefits of bananas don’t just stop at fighting cancer. Here are the other top reasons for eating more bananas.
Cure for Ulcers & Heartburn: Bananas are nature’s anti-acid and can provide relief from heartburn and acid reflux. Eating just one banana can immediately bring soothing relief and lessen your heartburn symptoms.They help balance your stomach’s pH and enhance the protective mucus layer, relieving pain. The fiber content also moves food through your digestive tract faster – preventing reflux.
Eating bananas regularly may help protect against stomach ulcers. It thicken the protective mucus barrier in the stomach, preventing damage from hydrochloric acid. Bananas also contain protease inhibitors that help eliminate stomach bacteria which can cause stomach ulcers.
Blood Pressure: Bananas also help in lowering your high blood pressure. They are beneficial in protecting against heart attack and stroke by lowering sodium. Because of the high potassium levels, they are also great food for your heart.
Asthma: A study conducted by the Imperial College of London found that children who ate just one banana per day had a 34% less chance of developing asthma.
Cancer: Did you know that over-ripe bananas with brown spots on them actually help fight cancer?
Energy: Bananas contain low glycemic carbs, vitamins and minerals which can improve the body’s endurance, while the potassium prevent muscle cramps. This is why they are an ideal pre-workout food.
Other Vitamins & Minerals: In addition to the high levels of potassium and vitamin B6 mentioned above, bananas also have high levels of vitamin C, magnesium and manganese.
They are also a source of most of the other B vitamins and smaller amounts of trace minerals like iodine, iron, selenium and zinc.
Quitting smoking? Bananas contain high levels of B-vitamins as well as potassium and magnesium to speed recovery from the effects of withdrawal.
Constipation: When you’re constipated, eat a few bananas. They have enough fiber in them to stimulate regular bowel movements and provide natural relief for constipation
Depression: This tropical fruit contains tryptophan, a substance that is converted to serotonin in our bodies. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that can relax people and improve their mood, effectively preventing depression.
Anemia: If your body lacks iron, try to consume bananas more ofen because they stimulate the production of blood cells and hemoglobin.
Improved Digestion: Most of us don’t get nearly enough fiber in our diets. Fiber is needed to help food travel smoothly through the digestive tract. It also improves your bowel movements. Bananas are a great source of dietary fiber.
A couple of bananas is a better choice than taking a laxative to treat occasional constipation.
Turning to another important element of digestion, bananas are rich in fructo- oligosaccharides (FOS). FOS is a prebiotic – i.e. it feeds the important “friendly” bacteria that live in your digestive tract. These bacteria help us absorb nutrients more efficiently.
Diabetes: Studies have shown that type 1 diabetics who consume high-fiber diets have lower blood glucose levels and type 2 diabetics may have improved blood sugar, lipids and insulin levels. One medium banana provides about 3 grams of fiber.
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