Going going gone Bananaaaaaas!
Posted On May 13, 2020
Well, I suppose the title has a double meaning. With this current pandemic (corona virus) and stay at home orders in most states i’m sure we have gone bananas to some degree.
But I am more interested in talking about the banana fruit itself. There is a reason why I used to eat lots of bananas growing up in my country of birth. There we had banana trees in our backyard, which could be plucked as they ripened.
There are many reasons to eat a banana daily if you like. Recommendation by the USDA is that 2 bananas can be consumed daily. This fruit is a powerhouse and a heart pleaser.
Benefits of banana are as follows:
- Contains many nutrients
- Rich in potassium, magnesium, vitamin B6/C, fiber, pectin and resistant starch
- These nutrients will help with bone density and menstrual cramps
- It has a low – medium glycemic index
- GI of 42-58 based on how ripe is the banana
- As the banana ripens the starch converts to sugar
- This fruit is recommended by the American Diabetic Association (1), of course very ripened bananas should be avoided by type 2 diabetics
- The high content of resistant starch and pectin are responsible for helping maintain blood sugar after a meal (2).
- It will improve your gut health
- High content of resistant starch and pectin that escape digestion will interact with beneficial bacteria in your gut, so its’ a great pre-biotic (3).
- Prevents constipation and bloating.
- For diarrhea eat two raw banana (according Ayurveda)
- Is heart friendly 💖
- Contains sterols that will fight plaque
- Potassium will help with blood pressure (4)
- Rich in antioxidants that will prevent heart disease
- It will also make you very happy so indirectly it will effect your heart 🙂
- Helps to fight kidney disease
- Potassium is beneficial for kidney health as it regulates blood pressure (5)
- Great source of nutrient to the sports world
- Many of you have seen tennis players eating a banana during their breaks, why?
- Due to its’ mineral content, it will help regulate your electrolytes, and help fight the cramps you may experience due to dehydration and loss of electrolytes (6). There are still some studies that find no benefits (7)
So the bottom line is this fruit is a super food. It provides numerous benefits to your body. It is a really easy to add to your diet. You can eat them as is, add them to smoothies (but then Ayurveda suggests that banana should not be combined with yogurt or milk). These guys are low in calories around 90-100/banana. This combined with the low GI is an awesome combination.
I still today remember eating cooked bananas in ghee and cane sugar with a chapati (Pakistani tortilla). Okay, you can delete the sugar if you like, but if you read my blog on sugar you won’t be afraid of it either.
So, go and enjoy this lovely fruit, just don’t over do it and you’ll see the benefits.