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Health.... Bananas

Discussion in 'Sports, Games and Health' started by Dusty, Oct 14, 2007.

  1. Health.... Bananas

    Never, put your banana in the refrigerator!!!
    This is interesting.
    After reading this, you'll 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, 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. It 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 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.

    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.

    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 the 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!"

    PS: Bananas must be the reason monkeys are so happy all the time! I will add one here; want a quick shine on our shoes?? Take the INSIDE of the banana skin, and rub directly on the shoe...polish with dry cloth. Amazing fruit.
  2. I need a banana tree!
  3. Yea ! for bananas

  4. Thanks, Dusty!
  5. Wonder if all this applies to plantain bananas... Since they are cooked in different ways... Wonder if cooking plantains change their nutritive powers...
  6. Bananas also happen to be one of the tastiest 'healthy foods'. :)

  7. That's a good question.... Beloved... Cause most of the Caribbean peoples cook them. When I was on missions trips to the D.R. we had plantains in every way and even had them for breakfast. They made a lovely baked dish with them , something like shepherd's pie without the meat.

    Haven't had any in a long time...Next grocery shopping I'm buying some...

  9. You should live here.... cause all I have to do is ask one of my island friends..." mon".;);)
  10. Dusty = Ray Comfort :D

    I should try it out. I get really bad case of SAD, and its right around this time of year that it kicks into high gear. I don't really like bananas alone, but I love em on rice crispies and banana bread.
  11. Have you ever eaten cooked plantains or do you want recipes?

  12. Hey Dave,

    Thanks, that's sweet. TRy it and I'll be praying for you. Hope it works. Blessings to you brother.
  13. I just gave a sermon based on Nanners.

    (Actually it was based on the Salvation of Jesus, but I used Nanners in the process)

    Not one of these things came to my attention and every one of them would have been very informative and beneficial.

    God is indeed generous, many people will discover these facts and reflect on one of his basic gifts.

    ...... New philosophy,......

    "Nanners are proof that God loves us and that He wants us to be happy!"

    Yep!! I'm stickin with that one!
  14. I like bananas. I can eat them just the way they are, put them in smoothies or I peel them and freeze them. A frozen banana tastes different, very creamy , it's a great alternative to icecream. I know you mentioned to never put bananas in the refrigerator, what is the reason? I have never refrigerated or frozen bananas with their skins on, but without skins, yes.

  15. Yeah, why can't bananas be put in the frig?????:confused:
  16. Don't know unless it turns them black.... something to look up. I have never put them in the frig but I guess it's cause mother told me not to and I never questioned mother . LOL:D:D:D

    Maybe they loose their nutrients just like I just recently learned not to put tomatoes in the frig but they said it was because they loose their flavour.

  17. Yah Butterflywings.... I love frozen bananas too and they are great in smoothies and you think you are getting more and feel full.

    Oh and the old favourite.... peanut butter and banana sandwich ...jum.

  18. Wasn't that Elvis' favorite breakfast?


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