BANANA: A SUPER FRUIT


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Banana: A Super Fruit

Banana is considered as an energy booster, and is one fruit that is easily available across the big whole world. Banana is commonly found in India, as it is the main ingredient in many Indian sinful dessert dishes. Banana is consumed in various forms like chips, kababs, pakodas and it is also used in curries in Kerela. Banana is one fruit that is consumed mostly in breakfast as it is loaded with energy to kick-start your day also it keeps you full for a long time. There are many Indian home remedies in which banana is used to calm upset stomach along with other ingredients. There are many benefits of banana if you include the fruit every day in your diet. Banana makes a great option and substitute for many unhealthy deep-fried junk foods that you would prefer when a sudden hunger pangs you.
I usually carry a banana in my bag for when emergency hunger strikes in. This simple fruit has so many benefits that even I was not aware of. Here are some of them.

Benefits of Banana:

1.       Improves Kidney Health:
Banana is a rich source of potassium which is essential for kidney function. It is said that people who have at-least 2-3 bananas with a week are less likely to have kidney stones.

2.       Reduces Period Pain:
Bananas have plenty of vitamin B6, which is known to reduce premenstrual syndrome (PMS). So, when you are in pain when menstruating, don’t pop a pill, instead, have a banana.

3.       Fight Morning Sickness with Bananas:
Many pregnant women have bananas in pregnancy to gain weight and this in return fights morning sickness to some extent. Since bananas have calming properties along with Vitamin B6 it helps women deal with morning sickness.

4.       Helps to fight Constipation:
Bananas are given much importance in Ayurveda, especially when the issues are related to the stomach. According to Ayurveda, this fruit has a sweet and sour taste. Sweet taste brings a sense of fullness and the sour taste stimulates the digestive juices thereby supporting digestion and building up metabolism.
The fibers in well-ripened banana help to maintain regular bowel functions. Hence, they are the natural source for improving the movement of waste through the bowls.

5.       Good for Heart Health:
Since banana is a rich source of potassium, it helps in maintaining a regular heartbeat, lower the blood pressure and strike a proper balance of water the body. Bananas also help in delivering oxygen to the brain. Potassium-rich foods are known for reducing the risk of strokes in older women.

6.       Potassium! :
Potassium is very important in regulating your blood pressure. By relaxing the walls of your blood vessels it helps to lower the BP. Potassium lowers the risk of stroke, keeps the bones healthy and helps the muscles work better. Potassium also helps to deliver oxygen to the brain and keeps it alert.

7.       Blood Pressure:
Blood pressure is caused by high salt consumption. Bananas are low in salt and high in potassium content. But, if you have high BP, consult your health care provider before adding this to your daily diet to control BP.

8.       They are Energy Booster:
Banana is a good source of energy. 2-3 bananas can provide enough calories for a workout or an hour of walk. This fruit is quite ideal to carry along with you, so whenever you feel tired or hungry, you have it as an emergency snack. This in return will keep your energy levels at the top for a long time. Healthy, tasty and full.

9.       Good source of Fiber:
Bananas are loaded with fibers. There are two types for fibers in banana, soluble and insoluble. Soluble fibers slow down the digestion and make you feel full for a longer time. And hence bananas are always included in breakfasts so that you don’t need to worry about the next meal. Foods that are high in fibers make you feel full without having those extra calories. So, it is good choice if you want to lose some weight. Bananas also help you keep your cholesterol, blood pressure and inflammation in check.

10.   Good for Belly:
This yellow fruit has prebiotics which is a food source of probiotics. Probiotics are found in your gut. Probiotics help in diarrhea, improve yeast and urinary tract infections, treat gastrointestinal infections, helps with irritable bowel syndrome, and lessen lactose intolerance and some allergies.

11.   Helps in Fighting Anemia:
Anemia is a condition where there are fewer red blood cells or hemoglobin in the blood. This often leads to shortness of breath, paleness, and fatigue. Since Bananas are high in iron content it helps people suffering from Anemia.

12.   Good for Exercise:
Bananas have large mineral content and easily digested carbs, hence it is considered as a portion of good food or mainly perfect food for athletes or people who are in to gyming. Banana intake reduces exercise-related muscle cramps and soreness which is caused by the mixture of dehydration and electrolyte imbalance.

13.   Good for Weight Loss:
There is no evident proof that bananas help in reducing weight. Since bananas have a lot of fibers that make you feel full for a long time by giving you energy may reduce your appetite. Bananas should be taken smartly if you are willing to lose weight.

14.   Full of Nutrients:
Banana is a world-famous fruit. They are grown in every part of the world in many shapes, sizes, and colors. The most common one is the yellow one which is green when unripe and yellow as it reaches maturity. Banana has fibers and several antioxidants. This Superfruit is rich in Potassium, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Magnesium, Net Carbs, Fiber, Protein, and Fat. It is said that one medium-size banana has very little protein and almost zero fat. The unripe bananas mostly consist of starch but when it reaches maturity the starch turns into glucose, fructose, and sucrose.

I often have a bunch of bananas kept in a fruit basket in my kitchen. I make sure my 5-year-old child has at least 3 bananas in a week.
How many bananas do you consume?
Please share your thoughts and information on this topic in the comments.

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  1. Oh I love bananas and love them with ice-cream too. I knew about the weight loss, energy booster and constipation reliever but didn't know it helped with reducing period pain. I should inform me friend to check this.

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    1. Yes Cindy, many ladies told me this worked for them. Even i recently got to know about this.

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  2. There are a lot of benefits of banana that are explained by you beautifully :)

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  3. Wow I’m loving this post as I already love to eat bananas and this information I’m sharing with my friends and family as it’s a proof to say why I love bananas��

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    1. I am so Happy to read this comment :D make a shake, eat with waffels or pancakes, make banana marble cake, these always turn out to be yum and healthy.

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  4. Very informative detailed post. I didn't know banana can reduce periods pain.

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    1. Even i recently got to know this! i have informed many ladies who suffer period pain about this. They have said it works for them :) i am glad.

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  5. Whoa!!! That's so much of goodness in one. Though I am not much of a banana lover I like it only with milk.

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    1. You should try them with Pancakes and melted Chocolate! it tastes yum!

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  6. I follow Rujuta diwekar and her tips a lot. Tou have captured wonderful details and benefits for eating banana everyday. Shared with all

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  7. I too love Bananas as they are stomach filling, but now a days I don't find good quality bananas.

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    1. Now days its quite difficult to find organic one's, as the farmers dip the bunch in some powdered chemicals to make them yellow. If you have noticed now days bananas are yellow but the small thick to thich they are attatched is always green! Next time when you buy a bunch of bananas, notice the stick and opt for the brown stick because they are organic and chemical free. Green stick ones are dipped in chemicals.

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  8. I love Bananas and can have anytime with anything.. just trying to add it my son's eating habits ..

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  9. Banana is my go to fruit, i always carry a banana for Avisha and also if I'm hungry the first thing that I catch hold off is the banana, very well written on the benefits

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    1. Thank you Dimple. Since you carry banana for Avisha, there is one hack that you wrap it up in foil and then keep it in your bag. The banana will be as fresh as newly plucked for Avisha with no black and brown spots.

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