If you've been led to believe bananas are just unhealthy sugar torpedos, check out this list of 10 reasons to think otherwise (info obtained from this site):
1. Ulcers: Bananas are one of the few foods ulcer patients can eat without suffering setbacks and pain. Bananas lower the levels of acid in gastric juices in the stomach, and build a protective coating inside the stomach.
2. Minor burns: Yes, bananas can provide pain relief from minor burns and other wounds. The best way to accomplish this is to mash up the inside of a banana, then wrap it in a cloth or paper towel and place it on the burnt area. Pain relief should follow shortly thereafter.
3. Acne: The potassium in bananas suffocates bacteria and clears pores. Make a mask by mashing a banana, apply to affected areas, and allow it to dry for 20 minutes.
5. Blood pressure: The potassium in bananas helps to combat sodium, which is a big no-no for those with heart conditions and high blood pressure.
6. PMS: The high levels of vitamin B6 in bananas help to regulate blood glucose levels, which affects the moods and pains of women suffering PMS. – Men, feed your significant others a banana to maintain happiness!!
7. Cramping: All the potassium in bananas is good for cramping, allowing the body’s muscles to more freely contract and expand. This is especially important for the athletes.
8. Constipation: Bananas are a natural, light laxative, allowing the body to deal with constipation without turning to diarrhea. The fiber provided by bananas is the reason for this….obviously.
9. Depression: Believe it or not, bananas are great for lifting ones mood. Bananas contain tryptophan, a mood leveling protein also found in turkey. And like chocolate, bananas contain norepinephrine and serotonin, which can help one relax. Also, the vitamin B in bananas helps to calm the nervous system.
10. Smoking: The combination of vitamins A1, C, B6 and B12 in bananas, along with potassium, helps those who are trying to quit smoking from nicotine withdrawal.
So, now you have some good reasons to incorporate bananas in your diet. Don't feel like just peeling and eating a banana by itself every day? You're not alone! I demand excitement from my food and always look for new and interesting ways it can be used.
Here are a few ideas for more variety:
- Use ripe bananas (soft with a lot of brown spots), to make a healthy banana bread or muffins. Allrecipes.com has a lot of different recipes, I like the ones that use yogurt, applesauce and mashed bananas in place of the usual oil....here's a good one to follow.
|Be creative, I used homemade chocolate protein pancakes|
for my sandwich!
|It's not shown here, but a dollop of greek yogurt really helps the flavor and protein content.|