Peel the benefit
A banana is one of the most nutritious fruits around. 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.
Banana contains three natural sugars - sucrose, fructose and glucose - combined with fibre. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy. Research has proved that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout.
A banana can help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must for our daily diet.
According to a recent survey with people suffering from depression, conducted by Management Institute for National Development, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, one of the 20 common amino acids that make up all proteins that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and make you feel happier.
Forget the pills - eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.
High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of haemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anaemia.
It is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect for persons with high blood pressure. It is so effective, the United States 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.
High in fibre, including banana in the diet, can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome constipation .
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 rehydrates your system.
Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.
Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.
Bananas are high in B vitamins that help to calm the nervous system.
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 chronic ulcer cases. It also neutralises acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.
Bananas can also help smokers to quit. The B6 and B12 bananas contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.
Potassium is a vital mineral which helps normalise the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body's water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, reducing our potassium levels. These can be rebalanced with the help of a banana snack.
According to research in The New England Journal of Medicine, eating bananas as part of a regular diet, can reduce the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40 per cent.