Top 10 Reasons to Eat Bananas

The benefits to eating bananas are so amazing for the human body. It is a starchy fruit that can vary from starchy to sweet in taste.  The green bananas are starchier and the yellow bananas are more on the sweet side. Bananas are eaten raw, deep fried, baked in their skin in a split bamboo or steamed inglutinous rice wrapped in a banana leaf. Bananas can be made into jam, banana pancakes, banana chips, and many other yummy snacks.

Bananas are an excellent source of vitamin B6, soluble fiber, and contain moderate amounts of vitamin Cmanganese and potassium. Bananas are one of our best sources of potassium, It aids with maintaining normal blood pressure and heart function. A single banana contains a 467 mg of potassium and only 1 mg of sodium. They also contain fiber. Fiber in a banana will also help with heart diseases.

Potassium helps maintain a proper fluid balance, nerve impulse function, and muscle function including the heart muscle.

Bananas also have an antacid effect. They help activate the cells that compose the stomach lining.  They then produce a thicker protective mucus barrier against stomach acids. They also help eliminate bacteria in them which will protect you from stomach ulcers.

Bananas are a rich source of fructooligosaccharide, which is called a prebiotic because it nourishes probiotic bacteria in the colon. When fructooligosaccharides are fermented the prebiotic bacteria, the numbers of probiotic bacteria increases, and the body’s ability to absorb calcium increases.  Gastrointestinal transit time is decreased in turn lowering the risk of colon cancer.

Bananas help with your body with building better bones by helping your body’s ability to absorb calcium.

Bananas also contain antioxidants in the form of beta-carotene, lutein, selenium, vitamins A, C and E. This can protects you from cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases. It also helps protect your eyes.

NC Did you know Bananas

With all this talk about the greatness of bananas, lets’ do a recipe.

Fruit Salad

1 29 oz can of peaches juice and all

1 20 oz can of pineapple chunks juice and all

1 box of instant dry pudding mix

1 lb of strawberries stemmed and quartered

2 bananas sliced

½ pint of blueberries

1 bunch of grapes (green are my favorite)

1-2 tablespoons of sugar alternative (optional)

In a large bowl combine the peaches and the pineapple. Remember to put the juices in as well. Pour in the dry pudding mix and stir until it is dissolved. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Chill and serve. This is super delicious and very healthy. It is a great dish to bring to barbecues.

References

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=7

http://www.chiquitabananas.com/Worlds-Favorite-Fruit/index-banana-nutrition-facts.aspx

http://www.naturalnews.com/034151_bananas_nutrition_facts.html

http://www.lifescript.com/food/articles/0/14_banana_health_benefits_you_might_not_know_about.aspx

 

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