These delicious fruits are often vilified because of their high fat content. But the health benefits of bananas are so many that they easily outweigh any cons.
Who doesn’t love a nice, ripe banana? This sweet, creamy fruit comes preserved in it’s own natural packaging and is a favourite of the young and old alike. Easy to eat, delicious in taste and full of nutrients, if the banana isn’t a part of your diet, you’re really missing something!
The many health benefits of bananas:
Packed with minerals and fibre. Bananas are rich in a variety of nutrients like vitamin B, vitamin C, potassium, manganese and magnesium. Bananas are also full of fibre, with one banana providing 11% of the daily recommended requirement of fibre.
It is an especially rich source of potassium, which has many benefits. It helps prevent high blood pressure and lowers the risk of stroke. It also pays a vital role in the health of kidneys, brain and muscle tissue.
Excellent source of energy. Bananas contain three natural sugars – sucrose, fructose and glucose – along with plenty of fibre. Research shows that two bananas can provide enough energy to keep you going through a strenuous 90-minute workout.
Alleviate depression. Bananas contain tryptophan, a protein that the body converts to serotonin. This is known to help you relax and happier. In fact, studies show that people suffering from depression actually felt better after eating a banana.
Prevent anaemia. Bananas are a good source of iron and can stimulate the production of haemoglobin in the blood.
Can help control weight. Those who like to reach out for something sweet as comfort food during a stressful situation would be better served grabbing a banana as compared to biscuits or chocolates. Bananas can help control panic-induced food cravings by controlling blood sugar levels.
Soothes stomach. Due to its soft texture, bananas can be eaten without distress by those suffering from stomach problems. Bananas reduce acidity and stomach irritation by coating the lining of the stomach. They’re also an excellent food to eat if you’re suffering from stomach ulcers.
Good for bone health. Certain compounds in bananas improve the body’s ability to absorb nutrients like calcium. This helps to strengthen bone health.
Bananas should not be kept in the refrigerator as they will not ripen correctly and refrigeration will turn the skin brown. It’s best to keep them outside in room temperature. If you fear fruit flies, place them under a fruit net.
Many dieters do not eat bananas as they’re considered to be high in fat. In that case, you can always go for plantains, easily available in south India, that are lower in fat and sugar.
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