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An average banana
contains about 90
energy calories, 23 g of
carbohydrates, 12 g of
sugar, 2.6 g of dietary
fber, 1 g of fat, and 9 mg
of vitamin C.
Energy Boost:
Bananas contain
three natural sugars - sucrose, fructose
and glucose combined with fber. 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
ft. It can also help overcome or prevent
a substantial number of illnesses and
conditions, making it a must to add to
our daily diet.
Bananas are high in B
vitamins that help calm the nervous
Glucose Level:
Lowering the
glucose value in the blood is one
of the healing effects of the
banana. Eating one or two
pieces of banana will
regain your stamina
and recover from
fatigue rapidly after
fnishing your
daily hard
learning by making pupils more alert.
High in fber,
including bananas in the diet can help
restore normal bowel action, helping to
overcome the problem without resorting
to laxatives.
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-
chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-
acidity and reduces irritation by coating
the lining of the stomach.
Temperature control:
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
Seasonal Affective Disorder
Bananas can help SAD
sufferers because they contain the
natural mood enhancer tryptophan.
Quit Smoking:
Bananas can also
help people trying to give up smoking.
The B6, B12 they contain, as well as
the potassium and magnesium found
in them, help the body recover from the
effects of nicotine withdrawal.
Potassium is a vital mineral,
which helps normalize the heartbeat,
sends oxygen to the brain and 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.
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%!
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.
Bananas have a natural
antacid effect in the body, so if you
suffer from heartburn, try eating a
banana for soothing relief.
High in iron, bananas can
stimulate the production of hemoglobin
in the blood and so helps in cases of
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.
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 offcial claims
for the fruit’s ability to reduce the risk of
blood pressure and stroke.
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
Morning Sickness:
Snacking on
bananas between meals helps to keep
blood sugar levels up and avoid morning
Mosquito bites:
Before reaching
for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the
affected area with the inside of a banana
skin. Many people fnd it amazingly
successful at reducing swelling and
Brain Power:
Students 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
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