I’m Going Bananas Just To Stay Healthy!

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image for going bananasYes, I am going bananas to stay healthy. There are so many health benefits that we get from eating bananas.

Vitamins and minerals

First off let me tell you that just one banana can contain over 400 mg of potassium, which is one of the essential minerals that help our bodies to keep up normal blood pressure and heart function. Bananas are an excellent source of vitamin B6 and contain moderate amounts of vitamin C, manganese and potassium.

Potassium

In my research I found that Bananas are naturally radioactive due to the potassium content and small amounts of isotope potassium-40 which is sometimes used in nuclear communication to compare radiation levels and exposures.

It is believed that potassium may counteract the increased urinary calcium loss that is caused when your daily diet consist of a high intake of salt. The potassium would help prevent your bones from thinning out at a rapid rate, thereby possibly causing a bone deficiency and other major health problems. On occasion I have major cramping in my legs and when I eat a banana I get fast relief from the cramping.

You might ask, why is Chef Ann  going  bananas? Eating this wonderful fruit can help improve your body’s ability to absorb calcium. Bananas are known for their ability to aid and protect us against stomach problems. When we consume a banana there are compounds which activate certain cells in the stomach lining to produce a thick mucus wall that guards against stomach acid. One of the compounds is protease inhibitors. These inhibitors aid in the elimination of bacteria in the stomach.

Bananas contain a small percentage of prebiotics (friendly bacteria) which are non digestible compounds that stimulate the colon. One thing to keep in mind if you should suffer from elimination problems like diarrhea, reach for a banana or two. It will be your best friend! A banana will replenish the electrolytes which help to regulate fluid balance and heart function. Also, due to the high content of fiber in a banana, it normalizes our system so that constipation is not a problem. Are you going bananas yet?

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Get energized

Let’s go a step further and talk about energy. Do you ever have those days when you just feel like you have no energy, you are dragging through your day and maybe even feeling a bit depressed? Well reach for a banana. That’s right…the banana is a high energy fruit! They contain a high-level of tryptophan that is naturally converted into serotonin. Believe me this will give you a boost in the right direction and you will soon feel the difference. Eating bananas can help to stabilize blood sugar and help protect your eyes from eye disease such as macular degeneration.

Pectin

Bananas are rich in Pectin (soluble fiber) which aid in ridding toxins and heavy metals out of our system. Pectin binds substances in the intestines thereby improving stool quality. Bananas help us in acid reflux, Gird, heartburn and the reduction of blood glucose and insulin concentration, thus acting as a protector against type 2 diabetes, due in part to the high levels of B6. The amount of B6 present in bananas help in the production of white blood cells, (they produce antibodies) which defend the body against infection and disease. Our white blood cells eat up foreign materials and cellular matter which destroy infectious agents and cancer cells.

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Another good resource:

10 Surprising Banana Health Benefits

NOTE: People with a latex allergy may experience a reaction to bananas.

I am going bananas

So one could say one banana a day could prevent one from having high blood pressure, thereby preventing heart disease. I don’t know about you, but I have decided to start eating more bananas. How about it, will you consider going bananas with me?

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10 comments

  1. Tim Cares says:

    I love bananas but have to limit my intake due to type 2 diabetes, I do however, use bananas as a sugar substitute when appropriate. Thank you for the information and yes I will go bananas with you in moderation.

    • Chef Ann says:

      Hi Tim Cares, Well we will just have to keep watch that you do bananas in moderation. Very Happy to know that this was informative for you.
      Thank you for your support in going bananas with me. lol -:)

  2. Chick says:

    I have a banana a day in my porridge with honey. Fast and easy start to the day,fantastic!

    • Chef Ann says:

      Hi Chick, just wanted to thank you for your comment. I have never tried this dish but i will, it sounds yummy. This is most definitely a fantastic day starter!
      Cheers to you my G+ friend -:)

  3. Marjorie York Thomas says:

    Hi Chef Ann, I just finished getting french vanilla ice cream with a banana and strawberries
    and lemon cake all in one dish and it is delish….

    Im going Bananas with ja…..:)

    Love ya Sis
    Marjorie

    • Chef Ann says:

      Hey Marjorie, so nice to hear from you today! Your dessert sounds pretty good, so how soon can you get a dish over to me?..lol
      Thank you for joining me in going bananas my sista-:)

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  5. Ivy Williams says:

    I was eating a Banana in the morning every day and I got Burnt out but in reading this article I need to start back . Very enlighting .

    • Chef Ann says:

      Greetings Ivy, so nice of you to visit! Yes I do understand burn out, it is nice to switch up from time to time.
      But I am happy to know that you realize the importance of including this wonderful fruit in your diet.
      Thank you so much for commenting and I look forward to hearing from you again.

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