Bananas are such an amazing fruit. These bright yellow fruits are also packed with some great vitamins and nutrients .
Bananas are elliptically shaped fruits “prepackaged” by Nature, featuring a firm, creamy flesh gift-wrapped inside a thick inedible peel. Banana is the ultimate symbol of a sweet fruity snack .I used to find bananas tasteless and bland, but that was because I was so hooked up on sugar and cakes. Now to me banana is a sweet tasty treat. It is amazing how being vegan transforms they way you see even a banana. So I sometimes do go bananas about banana. 🙂 What makes bananas so tempting is the fact that they consist mainly of sugars(glucose, fructose and sucrose). But this is not what makes them so great . Here are a few reasons to go bananas about bananas.
Bananas contain tryptophan, an amino acid that can be converted to serotonin, leading to improved mood.
Bananas are very high on fiber. They help restore a normal bowel function. In
addition, diarrhea usually depletes your body of important electrolytes (of which the
most important is potassium, contained in high amounts in bananas). They also contain
pectin, a soluble fiber (hydro-colloid) that can help normalize movement through the
digestive tract.Potassium helps normalize the hearth beat and regulate the body’s water balance. During periods of high stress, our body’s potassium levels tend to be rapidly depleted: eating bananas is a healthy way to re balance them without using drugs.
They also contain
pectin, a soluble fiber (hydro colloid) that can help normalize movement through the
Bananas are an exceptionally rich source of fructooligosaccharide, a compound
that nourishes pro-biotic (friendly) bacteria in the colon. These beneficial bacteria
produce enzymes that increase our digestive ability and protect us from unhealthy
bacteria infections. Thanks to fructooligosaccharides, pro biotic bacteria can increase
both in number and functionality, increasing our body’s ability to absorb calcium.
In addition, green bananas contain indigestible short chain fatty acids (SCFAs) that are
very nutrient to the cells that make up the mucosa of the stomach. These cells, when
healthy, absorb calcium much more efficiently
Bananas are high in B vitamins that have been shows to improve nerve function.
I love putting a banana or two in our morning smoothie-the riper the better. Recently I also learned from a very inspired friends at the beach house kitchen , that if you put a banana near fruits or vegetables, that you to become ripe , the banana will speed up the process.
So next time you are wondering what to have as a snack reach out for the banana and go bananas about banana 😉
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