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Bananas About Bananas!


This has been on the internet over the years. None of this has any references for factual merit, but a quick check on nutrients in food seems to validate the information.

Bananas contain three natural sugars - sucrose, fructose & glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained & substantial boost of energy. Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world's leading athletes. But energy isn't the only way a banana can help us keep fit.

It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.

Depression: According to a recent survey undertaken by ‘MIND’ (surveying people suffering from depression), many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve mood & generally make you feel happier.

PMS: Forget the pills - eat a banana. It contains B6, which regulates blood glucose levels (affect your mood).

Anemia: High iron in bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood (helps in cases of anemia).

Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is 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’.

Brain Power: 200 students at Twickenham (Middlesex) school were helped through their exams this year by
 eating bananas at breakfast, break & lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.

Constipation: High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.

Hangovers: One of the quickest Ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes & re-hydrates your system.

Heartburn: Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.

Morning Sickness: Snack on bananas between meals to keep blood sugar levels up & avoid morning sickness.

Mosquito bites: 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.

Nerves: Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.

Overweight & at work? Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found that high-pressure jobs lead to gorging on comfort food (chocolate, chips, etc.). In looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food 
cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.

Ulcers: Bananas can be used as a dietary food for intestinal disorders because of its soft texture & smoothness. It also neutralizes over-acidity & reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.

Temperature control: Many other cultures see bananas as a 'cooling' fruit that can lower both the physical & emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood Enhancer tryptophan.

Smoking & Tobacco Use: Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. They contain B6 & B12, as well as potassium & magnesium, which help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.

Stress: Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain & regulates your body's water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.

Strokes: 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%!

Warts: Those keen on natural alternatives swear that if you want to kill off a wart, take a piece of banana skin and place it on the wart, with the yellow side out. Carefully hold the skin in place with a plaster or surgical tape!

Never, put your banana in the refrigerator, as this changes it’s sugar content. Also, bananas eaten on the green side are more alkalizing then when eaten on the ripe side.

So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it to an apple, it has 4x the protein, 2x the carbohydrate, 3x the phosphorus, 5x the vitamin A and iron, and 2x other vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in potassium & is one of the best value foods around. So, maybe its time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, 'A banana a day keeps the doctor away!'

PS: Bananas  must be the reason monkeys are so happy all the time! I will add one here; want a quick shine on your shoes?? Take the INSIDE of the banana skin, and rub directly on the shoe...polish with dry cloth. Amazing fruit!