Benefits of bananas-
I was forwarded an email recently about bananas. I found it totally fascinating and want to share some of the information.
The email was from a lecture by a professor giving a physiological psych class at CCNY. He claims in this lecture that the phase ‘going bananas’ is from the effect it has on the brain. What we may think as a simple natural snack is packing three natural sugars – sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy. He claims research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout!
He also claims that it can help with our moods. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin. Serotonin is the little guy who helps us relax, improve our mood and generally make us feel happier. PMS: Forget the pills! – eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains also regulates blood glucose levels.
This unique tropical fruit is also extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit’s ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke. According to research in The New England Journal of Medicine, eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%!
Bananas are also high in fiber so including them in your diet can help restore that smooth move, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives… yay. Snacking on bananas between meals can also help to keep blood sugar levels up and help avoid that morning sickness feeling we all know and love.
And finally before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation and oh so nature-elle.
With so many bananas growing in so many backyards here, it is pretty easy to come across fresh ‘nanas. However, if they all go off at once you can end up with a lot of black bananas – but have no fear banana bread is here. Here is a version of my fav recipe I’ve been using for years.
Image Credit: Benedicte Lechrist