Banana Benefits: How to Include the Fruit in Your Daily Diet

Bananas are extremely healthy and delicious. They contain several essential nutrients, and have benefits for digestion, heart health and weight loss.
In India, it is given much importance where various regional cuisines use it in making sinful desserts – kheer, malpua, halwa, payasam, sheera, and paniyaram, to name a few. Most of us know they’re a great source of potassium but I’m going to share some of the more surprising banana health benefits – my favourite is hangover cure! Read on for 10 banana health benefits that will give you more energy, improved digestion and even improve the way you look and feel.

High Fiber Content:

Banana is loaded with fiber, both soluble and insoluble. The soluble fiber has the tendency to slow down digestion and keep you feeling full for a longer time. Which is why bananas are often included in a breakfast meal so that you can start about your day without having to worry about the next meal.


Increased Energy:

Sports drinks, energy bars and electrolyte gels are extremely popular nowadays, however you often see professional athletes eating bananas just before and even during their sports.

Watching tennis for instance, it’s not uncommon to see the players snacking on a piece of banana in between games. If a banana can keep a professional tennis player going, it must rank highly as a healthy energy source.

I’ve experimented with this myself – working out with, or without a banana – and seem to consistently do better when I have one before training. Bananas’ natural sugars balanced with soluble fiber give me a slow, stable energy release when eaten half an hour before I hit the gym.

Some people are worried about bananas spiking blood sugar, but tests show they actually have a glycemic index of around 52, with 24 g of available carbs (lower the less ripe they are). That’s a glycemic load in the vicinity of 12 which isn’t considered that high. These figures will obviously vary depending on variety and ripeness.

Bananas make a great work snack to combat that mid-afternoon slump. They’re a good choice for weight loss too – a small banana contains about 100 calories and will satisfy your sweet cravings.

If you can replace candy bars and other junk foods with bananas, it’s a helpful step towards losing weight. Not only will your body thank you for the vitamin and mineral boost but the energy release will be much more consistent.


Heart Health:

High fiber foods are said to be good for the heart. According to a study done by University of Leeds in UK, increasing consumption of fiber-rich foods such as bananas can lower risk of both cardiovascular disease (CVD) and coronary heart disease.


 Ease in Digestion:

According to Ayurveda, banana has a sweet and sour taste. The sweet taste is said to bring about a sense of heaviness but the sour taste is known to stimulate agni (the digestive juices), thereby supporting digestion and helping in building up metabolism.

A couple of bananas is a better choice than taking a laxative to treat occasional constipation.

Turning to another important element of digestion, bananas are rich in fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS). FOS is a prebiotic – i.e. it feeds the important “friendly” bacteria that live in your digestive tract. These bacteria help us absorb nutrients more efficiently.


Blood Pressure

It is a known fact that salt is the evil when it comes to high blood pressure. Bananas have low salt content and high potassium content, and these properties contribute to making it ideal for those undergoing this condition.


Skin Conditions

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Even the banana’s skin has its uses. It is great for treating skin conditions like psoriasis and acne.

Rub the freshly peeled inside of the banana skin gently over the affected area and leave the residue to be absorbed. The fatty acid content of the banana skin helps relieve a variety of skin conditions, as well as having a strong moisturising effect.

In the case of psoriasis you may notice some further reddening initially, but this should improve after a few days of use. Patch test on a small area if you have any concerns. It usually takes several weeks to see the full benefit from this treatment.

Banana peel treatments are a traditional remedy to heal warts. Rub a small piece of banana peel over the wart and then tightly tape it in place. Leave it overnight and repeat this process for at least a week or until the wart disappears.

Many testimonials online have reported good results with these simple treatments, though results with natural cures can be varied. I’d be interested to hear from anyone who’s tried any of these techniques for themselves.


Helps Fight Anaemia

Due to the high iron content in bananas, they are good for those suffering from anaemia. Anaemia is a condition where there is a decrease in the number of red blood cells or haemoglobin in the blood. This leads to fatigue, shortness of breath, and paleness.

2 thoughts on “Banana Benefits: How to Include the Fruit in Your Daily Diet

  • October 15, 2016 at 8:27 am
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    高血圧を向上する手立ては、生活習慣を変化させることが基本だと予想しております。

    例えば、真っ先に改めるとしたら食生活でしょう。肉を食べすぎずに野菜を十分食べて、偏らないことを考えた食事を努力しましょう。

    さらに、運動を行うことも大事です。息が切れるほどの運動はしないことと、お医者さんのアドバイスにあった運動を実施してください。推奨は歩くことです。

    大事なのは明日からではなく、今日から実行することです。迅速に行動しましょう。

    もっと大切な情報はこのサイトに書かれています。

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  • March 28, 2017 at 3:37 am
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    インターネットが飛躍的に発達した昨今、誰もがネットに接続することが当たり前となりました。そんな中で手を出す人が増えているのが、ネットビジネスです。ネットビジネスとは文字通り、リアルではなくネットを使うビジネスですが、一度も取り組んだことがない人にとってはチンプンカンプンだと思います。そこで、今回はネットビジネスをやったことのない人が取り組むべきビジネスをお教えします。

    第一に未経験者が取り組むべきネットビジネスは、不用品販売です。あなたの倉庫などに眠っていませんか?、不用品。もう使わなくなったゲーム機や着なくなった洋服など、各家庭で様々だと思いますが。しかし、自分にとっては不要でも、ある人にとっては宝物だと思うも十二分にあるのです。その、自分にとっては価値を感じないモノをヤフオクに出品すれば、捨てようと思っていた不用品が利益を出してくれるのです。

    不用品販売の良い点は、モノを仕入れる必要がない点にあります。また、ネットに存在するヤフオクという日本最大の競売会場にボタン操作だけで出品できるので取り組みやすいのです。なので、オークションに参加する人も大勢いるので、ビジネスで一番の肝である集客に頭を悩ますことがないんです。これが、不用品販売をゴリ押ししている理由です。

    他にも、やったことのない人が取り組めるネットビジネスは存在します。もし興味が少しでも湧けば、こちらから詳しいことを確認してみてくださいね。

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