The Health Benefits Of A Banana – A Yellow Berry Fruit ?
Did you know that a banana is botanically a berry?!? This means it is a yellow berry fruit!
This delicious soft, sweet, fruit that we are so used to eating is called a Cavendish banana – the most common dessert banana sold today, and it is among the most widely eaten foods in the world.
The Cavendish banana came in to existence in 1836 and gained it’s popularity by 1950. With India leading the production of bananas, there are over 130 other countries in the world producing this fruit as well.
Bananas contain many important nutrients. They are really rich in vitamin B6, which is about 31% of the daily value. Bananas also have larger amounts of vitamin C, manganese and dietary fiber along with many other nutrients too.
Beyond being a convenient snack that is 75% water and barely over 100 calories, this inexpensive, yellow “berry” just might have a lot to offer!
This is no monkey business
Because this fruit contains a lot of antioxidant properties, it makes good for helping protect the brain. What I mean by this is the brain and eyes contain DHA, EPA, and ALA which are the omega 3 fatty acids. The omega 3’s reduce inflammation throughout the body that causes disease.
Since these fats are prone to oxidative damage, this is where the antioxidant power comes in! The antioxidants protect these omega 3’s by inhibiting or stopping the damaging oxidation process. :o)
Also, bananas contain a good amount of dietary fiber, which include pectin (ripe bananas) and resistant starch (unripe bananas). Dietary fiber has been linked to lots of health benefits. Included on the list of things it can help is the digestive system. The high fiber in bananas help to normalize the bowel movements.
The good news about these fibers is that the resistant starch becomes food for the good bacteria in the gut, while the dietary pectin may aid in the protective effects against colon cancer.
On the list of awesomeness, bananas are known to cool you during fevering by lowering the bodies temperature, and too can stabilize blood sugar levels between meals.
During pregnancy, moms-to-be often eat bananas to curve nausea from morning sickness, while others may enjoy them for a more healthy heart.
Surprisingly enough, since bananas are known to be part of the antioxidant family, and have the power of protection against rancidity, then they may also help with arthritis and gout!
Could this Southeast Asian fruit be the true “yellow gold” in the world today?
Hang around – Grab a banana or two!
Now, one of the largest known and talked about nutrients of the banana, is referred to as “potassium”.
Oddly enough, people believe that bananas are loaded with potassium, when in fact that is quite the contrary.
The truth is, bananas are quite low in potassium compared to how people portray them to be. There are many other types of produce containing a whole lot more potassium than bananas – like beet greens, swiss chard, spinach, and lots of others.
To cure the myth about potassium in bananas, I want to express one fact – a large banana contains about 400 mg of potassium and the body needs about 4500 mg ( I think it was a little more than that) to keep a healthy level – thanks to Dr. Eric Berg for that scoop.
You know, that means you would need to eat lots – I mean lots, of bananas …lots, to even think about the need to worry.
Alarmingly though, people also think that bananas have large amounts of radiation. Not to worry. Even though the banana is slightly radioactive in nature, because it consists of potassium, it is so minute that it can’t even be detected. :o)
Let’s hear what Tom, the scientist, has to say after doing his experiment:
Did he just say that the radioactivity could not be detected in bananas?!?
Bananas are very safe to eat.
Bananas do offer a lot for our health as long as we are incorporating them into our daily diet! That means we need to be eating more than one a day :o).
So, since now we know just how valuable these yellow berry fruits are, do you think they’re worth their weight in gold? Yellow gold that is? :o)
Anyone hungry for bananas?!?
There are many ways to consume bananas today.
Even though raw is the most nutritious; delicious way to consume them, bananas can also be used in things like pancakes, breads, and cookies.
I have to admit though, my all time favorite use is definitely raw. However, I truly do enjoy the smoothies as well as the bread (topped with walnuts).
A great kitchen tip is that one overripe banana can even be used as an egg substitute!!! So if you’d like to find out about more egg replacements, you can go here to my article, “Do vegans eat eggs ?”.
Summing it up
Bananas are botanically a berry.
Bananas are among the most consumed foods in the world, and are produced in over 130 countries.
There are numerous known health benefits connected with consuming bananas; listed in this article are only a few of them.
Bananas are not abundant in potassium as thought by many. However, they are a delicious addition to other produce consumed in the diet each day.
The radioactivity they contain is so minute, it’s undetectable and is not going to make you sick.
They are nutritionally best when consumed raw; are a great, inexpensive, convenient snack, and are tasty in smoothies.
Bananas, no matter what variety, color, size or shape, they are the true, yellow gold!
Finally, I hope you have enjoyed this post. It has offered me some insight on things I didn’t know, and I hope it did the same for you.
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