Banana facts , truly amazing !

Posted By: Marty

Banana facts , truly amazing ! - 01/19/07 06:41 PM

Banana facts , truly amazing !

After Reading this, you will NEVER look at a banana in the same way again!

Bananas Contain 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, maki ng it a must to add to our daily diet.

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 better.

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 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 way 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 England) 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.

High in fiber, including banan as in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.

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.

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:
B efore 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.

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 chips. 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.

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.

Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6 and B12 they 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 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 the help of a high-potassium banana snack.

According to research in "The New England Journal of Medicine," eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death from strokes by as much as 40%!

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 carbohydrates, 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!"

If your roses are covered with Aphids, drape banana skins over the branches, I'ts amazing, but in a day or less, they are GONE! I've tried it, and I couldn't believe it, no more aphids, as long as I save my banana skins for the rose bushes!

Impressed? Well then, PASS IT ON TO YOUR FRIENDS!
Unzip a BANANA today!
Posted By: Chachacoconut

Re: Banana facts , truly amazing ! - 01/19/07 07:00 PM

Muchas Gracias, Amigo
Posted By: tacogirl

Re: Banana facts , truly amazing ! - 01/19/07 07:04 PM

I have also heard that if you get a fish bone stuck in your throat that chewing and swallowing a banana can help dislodge it.
Posted By: Wyoming Carla

Re: Banana facts , truly amazing ! - 01/19/07 07:15 PM

COOL MARTY! For some reason, I have been craving bananas....never have before????? maybe I'm depressed, or pregnant, or going thru menopause, or or or
Posted By: belizegial

Re: Banana facts , truly amazing ! - 01/19/07 08:13 PM

I found this article in the newspaper about a month ago and from since then I've been making sure everyone in my house eats banana.

I have found it so far to be very calming indeed.

Posted By: klcman

Re: Banana facts , truly amazing ! - 01/19/07 08:29 PM

is that a banana ya be smoking, WC?? smile
Posted By: Wyoming Carla

Re: Banana facts , truly amazing ! - 01/19/07 08:45 PM

LOL! Funny you say that....I actually tried that back in about....uh....'66.....tasted like $hit, and stunk up Mom's house something fierce!
Posted By: Nova

Re: Banana facts , truly amazing ! - 01/19/07 09:28 PM

Carla - you is one funny gal!!! laugh
Posted By: klcman

Re: Banana facts , truly amazing ! - 01/19/07 09:30 PM

(note to self - never bum cigs from WC at BC's!!!)
Posted By: Alan Bodolay

Re: Banana facts , truly amazing ! - 01/19/07 11:09 PM


I hear Bannanas are probably the most perfect food.
I wonder why they say "An apple a day keeps the Doctor away."..?
Posted By: BrusselSprout

Re: Banana facts , truly amazing ! - 01/19/07 11:59 PM

Probably cuz that phrase comes from Ben Franklin and bananas weren't widely imported to the US until the 20th century.
Posted By: Barnacle

Re: Banana facts , truly amazing ! - 01/20/07 12:01 AM

i have heard that as well,, "banana,, the most perfect food"
to bad i don't care that much for them,, although the mikshake i could handle.
Posted By: Wyoming Carla

Re: Banana facts , truly amazing ! - 01/20/07 12:04 AM

mix up one in your Belikin....
Posted By: Wyoming Carla

Re: Banana facts , truly amazing ! - 01/20/07 07:00 PM

They call it MELLOW YELLOW.....Donovan
Posted By: Debbie

Re: Banana facts , truly amazing ! - 01/21/07 12:18 AM

avocados are supposed to be power packed as well.
Posted By: Wyoming Carla

Re: Banana facts , truly amazing ! - 01/28/07 12:26 AM

I hear tell that avacados put lead in your pencil.......????
Posted By: Debbie

Re: Banana facts , truly amazing ! - 01/28/07 07:39 PM

Thank God there has been a good crop this year!!! smile
Posted By: Kra-Z-K

Re: Banana facts , truly amazing ! - 01/28/07 09:47 PM

wow, together a banana a day and coconut water each day really prevents and helps a lot!
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Banana facts , truly amazing ! - 01/28/07 09:59 PM

Originally Posted by Debbie
Thank God there has been a good crop this year!!! smile

LOL!! are you giving thanks for the banana crop or the avocado crop? wink
Posted By: Debbie

Re: Banana facts , truly amazing ! - 01/28/07 11:59 PM

Both, but us gals need bumper stickers saying eat more avocados!
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Banana facts , truly amazing ! - 01/29/07 01:27 AM

ain't had a good avocado crop in a long time! ;-)
Posted By: ScubaLdy

Re: Banana facts , truly amazing ! - 01/29/07 04:04 PM

So, having read the wonderful posts about the benefits of coconut milk and now banana’s I have a question. Can these two be combined into a smoothie? What else would need to be added? Avocado?
The Apple Banana that grows here is far superior to the Cavendish that is sold elsewhere. Unlike the Cavendish the Apple Banana tastes GREAT when stored in the refrigerator. Apple Bananas also do not over ripen as fast.
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