Eating an apple each day can promote good health, but few people know that a banana each day can also keep the doctor away. Banana can offer you more than just a natural fruit sugar rush for increased energy. Unlike many other fruits, banana is not juicy or crunchy but it is soft inside the peel and is full of energy. On an average a 150 gm intake of banana provides 133 gm calories, carbohydrates 34 gm, sugar 18 gm, fiber 4 gm, protein 2 gm. It is also a rich source of vitamins and several minerals like potassium and zinc. These stats clearly show that it contains high calorific content that’s why it is considered as instant source of energy. It is also said that one banana provides enough calories required by a man in a day. It is also considered as protein source for vegetarian gymnasts.
Bananas are easily available all year round throughout India; this easy availability of banana also makes it very popular among fruits. Not just as a fruit, banana is also used as popular drink (banana shake), also it is used in kitchen to make dishes & also used in making cakes. Apart from all these here are 10 health benefits of adding a banana in your daily routine:
Natural Source of Energy:
Bananas have a unique blend of vitamins, minerals, and carbohydrates that provide a quick supply of natural energy. In addition, bananas have a healthier blend of three natural sugars: glucose, sucrose and fructose. The combination of these sugars have great energy potential.
Bananas are one of the few fruits that contain both complex and simple carbohydrates. Complex carbohydrates give you endurance energy and simple carbohydrates give you quick energy. It has been found that eating just two bananas can give you enough energy to exercise for 90 minutes.
- Keeps Cardiovascular Functioning at its Best:
Bananas are rich in potassium, a mineral electrolyte that is essential for your heart. Potassium travels to cells throughout your body and helps the circulatory system deliver oxygen to the brain. This also helps maintain a regular heartbeat and a proper balance of water in the body.
People who eat bananas can also substantially reduce their risk of stroke, regulate blood pressure and prevent various heart diseases.
- Your Weight Loss Dietician:
If you are looking for a food that can help you lose weight then bananas are a perfect choice. They are low in fat while high in fiber and vitamins.
The dietary fiber in bananas absorbs water and takes up a lot of space in your stomach, thereby keeping you feeling full for longer time period. Plus, they boost metabolism, thanks to their several B vitamins. The naturally sweet taste also will curb your sweet tooth when you feel the urge to eat something sweet.
- Maintains Health of Eyes:
Bananas contain vitamin A, that is vital for eye health. Adequate daily vitamin A intake also lessens your risk of night blindness.
According to a study published in the Archives of Ophthalmology, eating three or more servings of bananas per day may also lower your risk of age-related macular degeneration, the primary cause of vision loss in older adults, by 36% as compared to those who consume less than 1.5 servings daily.
- Heals Mosquito Bites:
Mosquito bites cause a lot of itchiness and are sometimes painful. You can treat these symptoms with banana peels.
Rub the inside of the banana peels on the bite for about five to ten minutes. This will help you get rid off itching and swelling. In fact, this simple remedy often works better than the creams or medications you find at the drugstore.
- Friend of Pregnant Woman:
If you are pregnant and looking for ways to combat morning sickness, grab a banana. The calming properties help replenish the body and restore a healthy blood glucose level. This in turn helps combat nausea. Also, bananas have several nutrients that can help lift your mood and support the physical development of your unborn baby.
- Checks Bowel Movements:
Bananas contain a good amount of insoluble fiber that travels through the digestive tract, sweeping up waste and producing bowel movements that are soft and easy to pass.Irregular bowel movements are an irritating health problem that can be easily solved with regular consumption of bananas.
- Keeps Ulcer at bay:
Bananas are beneficial for your stomach health in two ways. First, several substances in bananas help produce a thicker protective mucus lining in the stomach that serves as a barrier against stomach acids. They also help neutralize acidity from foods, which can contribute to the formation of ulcers.
Secondly, bananas contain protease inhibitors that help eliminate bacteria in the stomach, which is one of the main causes of stomach ulcers.
- Provides a Glowing Skin:
Apart from helping you get some much-needed beauty sleep, you can add bananas to your beauty regime too. Banana masks are a natural way to get smooth, supple and glowing skin. It has moisturizing properties which are extremely good for people who have dry skin.
- Improves Your Sex Life:
The phallic shape of banana makes it the most suggestive food. But the aphrodisiac effect of banana is not just confined to its shape. It is rich in nutrients that help produce sexual hormones and also enhance male libido. It also regulates the secretion of serotonin which is known to be responsible for the euphoric feeling after intercourse.
After reading all these benefits, don’t just rush to a grocery store nearby and start eating bananas like anything. Here is a word of caution. Always eat bananas in moderation as consuming too much banana but too little water may contribute to constipation. Moreover, eating bananas that are not completely ripe may also give rise to constipation and gas.
After reading all this, I would like you to share your experiences on how banana also helped you, you can feel free to share your experiences and if you have any queries.
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