Banana for Breakfast Anyone?

bananas

bananasThis 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 among 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. The vitamin B6 it contains 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 school ( England ) 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.

Hangovers:

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.

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 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.

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-chroniclercases. 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.

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!’

Share with your friends!

Your Resident Health Nut,

Renee

14 Responses to Banana for Breakfast Anyone?
  1. Kemya Scott
    May 14, 2013 | 4:45 pm

    Bananas are a wonderful super food! I make sure to eat them regularly, with breakfast or as a snack, but I didn’t realize just how many benefits come from eating them. Thanks for this information!

    • reneesullivan
      May 14, 2013 | 4:58 pm

      Kemya,
      I never really understood as a child why my parents kept bananas on hand, other than, it really was an easy “on the go” snack. I learned a lot myself doing this research.
      Renee

  2. Jessica Weagle
    May 14, 2013 | 8:03 pm

    They are really good in a smoothie

    • reneesullivan
      May 14, 2013 | 11:59 pm

      Oh yes, bananas are definitely great in smoothies!

  3. Heather
    May 20, 2013 | 7:41 pm

    This is great! I knew bananas where a great food source, but I did not realize all the ways a banana can work in the body.

    • reneesullivan
      May 20, 2013 | 9:56 pm

      Heather,
      I was surprised myself when I did my research. Take Care and God Bless!

  4. Michelle Sears
    May 23, 2013 | 3:17 pm

    Thanks for all the great info Renee. That’s awesome. Here I’ve been avoiding Bananas because of the high amount of sugar in them. Who knew I was missing all this greatness. I’ll be adding them back into my life. :)

    • reneesullivan
      May 23, 2013 | 3:57 pm

      The amount of sugar in bananas is more of a misconception. People, especially athletes need some sugar in their body. The key is that this is all natural, not processed so this is the type if sugar you want to have. When most people think of sugar, they think of cookies, icecream, cake, etc. Those are usually made with the processed white sugars which is not so good for you.

      I’m glad you’re reconsidering putting bananas back into your diet.

  5. Jessica Jacques
    May 23, 2013 | 11:44 pm

    Yay for bananas! I have been eating a lot of bananas lately as this was one of the first foods we introduced to baby Nolan. I knew it was a healthy choice for a first food, but we primarily chose it because of its portability and texture. I’m glad to see that there are all of these additional health benefits. Great for the whole family!

    • reneesullivan
      May 24, 2013 | 2:38 am

      Bananas were the first food I gave to both of my kids too. Both of my kids loved them! Bananas are one of my favorite snacks too!

  6. Dave E Wilkes
    June 4, 2013 | 10:29 am

    You could call me a banana nut!
    I love them.
    They are so easy to eat. So convenient to take out .. and to give.. and as you have explained here so nutritious and good for us.

    But most of all I love them for their taste!!

    • reneesullivan
      June 4, 2013 | 1:27 pm

      Bananas are definitely a superfood! Taste, convenience, and health benefits. I love them too!

  7. Virgie Fajardo
    August 21, 2013 | 5:50 am

    Im so grateful for this information. My questions has been answered and with no doubts im eating banana in the morning instead of coffee and bread. More power.God bless.

    • reneesullivan
      August 21, 2013 | 7:31 pm

      Hi Virgie,
      So glad you found it helpful. Feel free to search my others posts for helpful information. If you like what you read, share it with your friends. Thanks for your comments, how did you find my blog? Did someone refer it to you?

Leave a Reply

Wanting to leave an <em>phasis on your comment?

Trackback URL http://www.resully.com/healthy-eating/banana-for-breakfast-anyone/trackback/