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You’ll never look at a banana the same way again

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Banana is an all season fruit which is readily available and is also one the cheapest fruits. Quite often it also serves as a common man’s midday meal. While it’s easily available and cheap, bananas have plenty of health benefits. After reading this, you’ll never look at a banana in the same way again.

Bananas contain three natural sugars – sucrose,
fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant,
sustained and substantial boost of energy.
Research has proven that just two bananas provide
enough energy for a strenuous 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 amongst 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 your mood and generally
make you feel happier.
PMS:
Forget the pills – eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.
ANEMIA:
High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so 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 a Twickenham school ( England ) were helped through their
exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and 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 and 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:
Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and 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
and at work? Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found
pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and
chips. 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:
The
banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because
of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can
be eaten without distress in over-chroniclercases. It also neutralizes
over-acidity and 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 and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand ,
for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born
with a cool temperature.
So, a banana
really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it to an
apple, it has FOUR TIMES the protein, TWICE the carbohydrate, THREE
TIMES the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the
other vitamins and minerals.. It is also rich in potassium and 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!’ I guess this is exactly why the minions love the bananas too!
Tejas Shah
Tejas is the Founder and Chief Food Blogger of KhaiPeeneJalsa. While people practice yoga as a stress-buster, Tejas takes to cooking. His craze for food is such that he can drive hundreds of miles for a delicious meal. For the most part, his world revolves around food.

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