I welcome you all to today’s article. In this article we will take a look at the potential Health Benefits of Bananas, such as improving heart health and promoting regularity. It also examines the possible health risks associated with them.
FACTS ABOUT BANANAS
Bananas are one of the most widely consumed fruits in the world for good reasons. Eating them could help lower your blood pressure and reduce the risks of cancer and asthma. Bananas are grown in at least 107 countries if not more than that not just that, they and are ranked fourth among the world’s food crops in monetary value. With the world consuming so many bananas, it’s not surprising that people are asking the questions like, are bananas good for you? Well, let’s not go into that now.
Bananas are simply shaped fruits “pre-packaged” by Nature, featuring a firm, creamy flesh gift-wrapped inside a thick inedible peel. The banana plant grows 10 to 26 feet in height and belongs to the family Musaceae. Banana fruits grow in clusters of 50 to 150, with individual fruits grouped in bunches, known as “hands,” of 10 to 25 bananas. Bananas abound in hundreds of edible varieties that fall under two distinct species: the sweet banana (Musa sapienta, Musa nana) and the plantain banana (Musa paradisiacal). Sweet bananas vary in size and colour.
We usually think of sweet bananas as having yellow skins only, they are also featured in red, pink, purple and black tones when ripe. Their flavours and texture range with some varieties being sweet while others have starchier characteristics. Plantain bananas on the other hand are usually cooked and considered more like a vegetable due to its starchier qualities; they have a higher beta-carotene concentration than most sweet bananas.
Banana Nutrition Facts
|Per Serving||Daily Value|
|Calories from Fat||3|
|Total Carbohydrates||23 g||8%|
|Dietary Fiber||3 g||10%|
|Vitamin A1%||Vitamin C||15%|
IS IT APPORPRIATE TO EAT BANANAS ON AN EMPTY STOMACH OR NOT?
In my own opinion, it’s not bad to consume bananas on empty stomachs; one must consume bananas every day, why? Because bananas are an excellent source of potassium, fibre and magnesium, wherein fulfilling the need of various nutrients in your body. It boosts your energy and reduces hunger pangs. Though the 25 percent of sugar in banana gives you the much needed sugar rush and a burst of energy to carry out various activities of the day. Other nutrients that bananas contain includes Iron, Tryptophan, Vitamin A, C and Vitamin B6 also, fibre, flavonoids and antioxidants.
But on the other way round with the way things are going these days I wouldn’t advice you to eat bananas on an empty stomach. Technically, not only bananas, but fruits should be avoided. One must avoid consuming fruits in the morning on an empty stomach because the chemicals present in these fruits are way harmful than we think. Nowadays, natural fruits are rear to find. What we usually buy is artificially grown and should not be taken right in the morning. One of the ways to avoid consuming fruits directly is by mixing it with other foods so that the effect subsides with nutrients in them this way you will be able to avoid any health hazard and start your morning on a bright mood. Aside that, bananas has lots of health benefits to the human body than we can imagine.
BENEFITS OF BANANA
How would you react if I told you banana could help you lose weight, reduce bloat, fight cancer and even increase your energy? Does it come as a surprised to you? Well, know it now, its powers are proven, and to investigate just how helpful they can be, here are the 5 most bananas things that will happen
Bananas contain vitamins A and C, and “both are antioxidants for eye and skin. They also have beta carotene, an antioxidant that can help to protect cells and repair damages at the cellular level. Bananas also contains other nutrients like vitamin E and lutein both which are for the eye.
Banana supplies proper carbohydrates necessary to replace the muscle glycogen (muscle sugar) used.
- BOWEL HEALTH
Bananas are high in soluble fibre which helps stop constipation and helps to restore and maintain regular bowel function.
- BRAIN POWER
Potassium-packed fruit helps learning because it makes the pupils more alert. Student find that they have more brain power and do better on exams when they eat bananas at breakfast and lunch.
Bananas are rich in iron too, and can help individuals with anemia. Iron rich foods, such as bananas help stimulate production of hemoglobin in the blood system
- BURNS FAT
Bananas have 12mg of choline, a fat-blasting B Vitamin that acts directly on the genes that cause fat storage in the abdomen. (The reason heavy drinkers have bloated bellies is that alcohol depletes choline, whereby causing weight gain around the liver.) You can also find it in lean meats, seafood and collard greens.
- REDUCE BAD CHOLESTEROL LEVELS
Bananas contain phytosterols, which are compounds that have LDL cholesterol-lowering effects according to a study in The Journal of Nutrition. Additionally, “Bananas contain Vitamin B6 which is important for nearly everything heart health, immune health, digestive health, and nervous system function.
- FASTEN DIGESTION
Bananas can help your poor digestion. They’re an excellent source of prebiotics, nondigestible carbohydrates that act as food for good gut bacteria (probiotics) and improve digestion because they contain “fructooligosaccharides”, a chain of fructose molecules that lead to better gastrointestinal health.
- REDUCE BLOOD PRESSURE
Bananas are high in potassium and low in sodium, the fruit is officially recognized by the FDA as being able to lower blood pressure and protect against heart attack and stroke.
- STABILIZE SUGAR LEVEL
Bananas are great source of nutrition, this is the most effective way for keeping blood sugar levels stable, which means consistent energy levels and weight loss (since stable blood sugar levels allow the pancreas to secrete glucagon, the fat-burning hormone).
I encourage you all to add at least one banana to your daily diet in order to maintain a healthy and sound body.