Bananas to the Rescue

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Banans to the Rescue by Vivien Veil

Bananas bring me a lot of joy in the afternoon and the evening, but NEVER in the morning — unless of course, I want to take a morning nap.  🙂  You see, the banana aids in getting you to relax because it contains melatonin, serotonin and magnesium. So, next time someone tells you to grab a banana for energy – tell them to take a hike.   🙂  Whoever came up with that theory needs to take Nutrition 101.

I can eat 6-10 at a go.  “Woah, that’s a lot, Vivien!” Yes, it’s a lot, but easy when you put them in a blender. My pals can easily devour whole pizzas in one sitting, yet find it hard to believe that I can eat up to 10 bananas in a single meal.

“But Vivien, I don’t want to gain weight. Bananas are high in calories. *grabs Diet Coke and potato chips*

Look in the mirror and repeat after me, “Bananas are not fattening.”  If I had a pound or dollar for the many times I’ve heard someone tell me that. I eat tons of bananas every day and still weigh the same. Your body will digest the ripe banana completely unlike a bag of chips. Low carb dieters need to wake up and smell the great genus Musa family.

Notice I said ripe banana? You should aim to eat only ripe bananas. Perhaps someone taught you to refuse them.  Well, you must embrace them because they’re so delicious and good for you.

*gives ripe banana*

Here’s what I usually eat for a quick meal: 

  • 6-10 RIPE bananas (depending on my hunger)
  • Ice cubes
  • A little bit of Coconut Water or plain water (sometimes I use rice milk) 🙂
  • Optional: Hemp Seeds
Sometimes I chop ripe bananas into cubes, put them into baggies and then place them in the freezer. That way you don’t have to buy ice.  🙂 You can also freeze the ripe bananas and make popsicles or ice lollies. Great snacks for kids and teething babies!

“Okay, why ripe bananas?”

Green bananas contain indigestible starches and less easily digested sugar – meaning you’re going to be one bloated cat if you eat them. If not, you’re one of the lucky few. You see, us humans lack the enzyme to digest unripe bananas properly.  Take this advice to heart.  Your stomach and brain will thank you if you eat ripe fruit – trust me.

“I’ve got some green bananas now. Tell me there’s a way to ripen them fast!”

Yes! Place them in a brown bag with an apple and it’ll accelerate the ripening process.

“I’ll only eat bananas if they’ll make me younger looking and beautiful.”

Well, you’re in luck my vain friend.  Check out the benefits of eating bananas below.

Benefits of Loving Bananas:

  • Anti-aging properties here we come! Bananas carry vitamins A, B6, C, E, F, iodine, potassium, magnesium, zinc, and iron. These gems will keep your skin looking young.
  • Your heart loves bananas. The potassium keeps your heart in tip top shape.
  • Marvelous for your kidneys and bones. Thanks again to potassium! 🙂 The potassium restrains calcium excretion in your urine – minimizing the risk of nasty kidney stones. Say goodbye to osteoporosis! Mr Banana keeps you from losing calcium from you body.
  • Bananas can kick depression and the blues to the curb. Tryptophan to the rescue! Tryptophan produces serotonin in your body, which will calm your brain and make you relaxed – oh, and sleepy.
  • Calling all insomniacs! Try introducing bananas and see if it helps you get some shuteye.
  • They’ll help keep you regular. Your colon will love you because of the fiber.
  • Suffering from gout? Arthritis? Don’t fret my pet! Mr Banana is here to help. Bananas contain B6, folate and vitamin C – all enemies of gout and arthritis.
  • Bananas make an awesome hair conditioner because of its wonderful effects on the scalp. The effects must be greater if you eat them!
  • Too much whiskey Saturday night? Don’t worry! Put that coffee down and grab a banana. It’ll raise your blood sugar levels and re-hydrate your body.
  • Low iron levels? Anemia? Bananas can activate the production of hemoglobin in your blood.
  • Ulcers? Bananas neutralise acidity and lessens irritation by coating the lining of your stomach.
  • Too stressed out? Potassium sends oxygen to the brain and normalises your heartbeat. It won’t take your problems away, but it’ll make them more tolerable. 🙂
  • Are you a smoker? Bananas help cigarette addicts give up smoking. The B6, B12, magnesium and potassium assist in getting rid of nicotine withdrawal symptoms.
  • Bananas contain prebiotics, which help stimulate the growth and activity of pre-existing good bacteria in your digestive system.  Your gut wins!
  • Prevents strokes and hypertension
  • Relieves heartburn
  • Ripe bananas can help prevent cancer
The benefits are endless! Take a moment and say thank you to the natives of Papua New Guinea for bringing you such an exceptional fruit!
*Drinks banana smoothie*
V x
Top 10 banana producing nations
(in million metric tons)
 India* 26.2
 Philippines 9.0
 China 8.2
 Ecuador 7.6
 Brazil 7.2
 Indonesia 6.3
 Mexico* 2.2
 Costa Rica 2.1
 Colombia 2.0
 Thailand 1.5
World total 95.6
Source: 2009 data, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations[3]
* Countries use 2008 FAO data
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  3. Lila says:

    If you get charliehorses or muscle spasms those are a clear indication you are low in potassium. A banana will give you the daily potassium requirement.
    Informative article.

  4. GirlyGirl says:

    Love it!!!!!! So funny!!!!!

  5. Paper rolls extremely fantastic read you know alot about this subject i see!

    • Roger says:

      Bet you didn’t know all these health btinfees of the banana! P.S. Bananas must be the reason monkeys are so happy all the time! YumBananas: Containing three natural sugars sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fibre, 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 athletesAnaemia: High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of haemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anaemiaBlood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it the 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 strokeBrain Power: 200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school 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 fibre, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives. 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.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 crisps. 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.PMS: Forget the pills eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer tryptophan.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.Stress: 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.Strokes: 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%!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.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-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.Warts: 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!A banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare bananas 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. Maybe its time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, A banana a day keeps the doctor away!

  6. Conor Bofin says:

    I feel unworthy. I only manage one a day.
    Great post,
    Conor

  7. Time to pick up an extra 5 bunches of bananas at the store tomorrow! 🙂

  8. devinleehoff says:

    Great post! I absolutely love bananas as well!

  9. Annie says:

    Love your style of writing!

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