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Interesting Facts About Bananas!

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Bananas. Containing three natural sugars - sucrose, fructose and

glucose combined with fiber, 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

athletes.

 

But energy isn't the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also

help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and

conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.

 

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.

 

PMS: Forget the pills - eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains

regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.

Anemia: High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of

hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.

 

Blood 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 stroke.

 

Brain 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 fiber, including bananas! in the diet can help

restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without

resorting to laxatives.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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 t he 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%!

 

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!

 

So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you

compare it 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. So maybe its

time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, "A banana a

day keeps the doctor away!"