Bananas are a very affordable and delicious fruit. It is my favorite dessert or snack whenever I'm hungry. Bananas are full of vitamins and minerals, can help with digestion and are a natural remedy for a number of health issues. Keep reading to find out more about the benefits of eating bananas.
Bananas are very rich in tryptophan, an amino acid that triggers the release of serotonin. This hormone is associated with good mood and can help fight depression. Eating a banana should trigger a release of serotonin on the short term but making bananas your go to snack could result in an improved mood on the long term.
Bananas are an excellent source of sugar without all the fat you can typically find in foods rich in sugar. All fruits contain sugar but eating two bananas will increase your blood sugar to an ideal level for a workout besides protecting your muscles from cramps. According to Appalachian State University said that bananas are as beneficial as sports drinks.
Bananas are rich in calcium. Eating more bananas will help you get stronger bones and whiter teeth. It is especially important for children to adopt a diet rich in calcium since their bones are growing at a fast pace.
Bananas are rich in Vitamin B6. This should help reduce your stress levels and avoid weight gain. If you have been trying to lose some weight, replacing unhealthy snacks with fruits such as bananas should help you reach your weight loss. Besides, Vitamin B6 helps with the production of white blood cells, which should boost your immune system.
Bananas are rich in iron and potassium. These minerals have a positive effect on your heart and can lower your blood pressure. If you are used to eating salty snacks, replace them with bananas to reduce your sodium intake and improve your heart health.
Bananas are excellent for the digestive system since they can act as prebiotic. Eating bananas will help you maintain healthy levels of gut bacteria. Healthy levels of gut bacteria means that enough digestive enzymes will be released. This should help prevent heartburn and other digestive problems.
The high fiber content of bananas will have positive effects on your health. Fibers will help regulate digestion on bowel movements. Fox News wrote an article about the best and worst foods for digestion and banana is included on the "best" list. Studies have shown that a diet rich in fiber significantly reduce your risks of developing health issues such as colon cancer.
Bananas can reduce your risks of developing a number of issues such as kidney cancer and macular degeneration of the eyes. The antioxidants present in these fruits will also help prevent many different types of cancer.
If you are trying to quit smoking, eating bananas on a daily basis will help you get over withdrawal symptoms. The Vitamin B6, potassium and magnesium present in these fruits will make withdrawal symptoms less strong and should help you get rid of these symptoms quickly.
Adding more bananas to your diet is easy. You can eat a fruit after your lunch and dinner or eat banana for breakfast. Bananas also make great snacks since they give you plenty of energy and have a low fat content. Get into the habit of eating bananas on a daily basis and you will soon see a difference.
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- Science Daily (n.d.) Bananas are as beneficial as sports drinks. Retrieved on December 5, 2014 from http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/05/120529113258.htm
- Video (Youtube): Published on July 23, 2012 by D. Josh Axe. Retrieved on December 5, 2014 from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ud9KG_YB3PM
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