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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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Benefits of Sweet Potato

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Sweet potato facts

Did you know that sweet potatoes contain 0 (that’s zero) saturated fats or cholesterol? They are a rich source of dietary fiber, anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals. Studies find them to be helpful in fighting cancer and heart disease. This healthy choice can be prepared in many ways I prefer baking them, my husband, Chez Gordy, adds them to a waffle recipe. Check this site often as I do plan to add more recipes using this item.

North Carolina is the largest producer of sweet potatoes in the nation harvesting over four billion pounds of the vegetable in 1989. The sweet potato is high in vitamins A and C and low in fat and was grown in North Carolina before the European colonization of North America.

 

The sweet potato was officially designated the State Vegetable by the General Assembly of 1995. | (Session Laws, 1995, c. 521). ‘Sweet – North Carolina State Vegetable

Some of the great minerals we get from a baked sweet potato with skin are:

  • calcium – 32mg
  • iron – .69mg [considered one of the iron rich foods by the American Cancer Society]
  • magnesium – 27mg
  • potassium – 475mg

NOTE: above information is for 100 grams (4 ounces /

Nutrition

Sweet potatoes have many vitamins e.g., vitamin A, B3 [niacin; helps increase HDL blood levels and improve circulation], B5 [pantothenic acid; make and absorb proteins, carbohydrates, and fats], C, and E.

♥ Chef Ann’s note:

The leaves also have benefits according to an article published by National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine.

“Research has affirmed the potential cardioprotective and chemopreventive advantages of consuming sweet potato leaves, thus indicating that increased consumption of this vegetable should be advocated.” |

Sweet potato leaves: properties and synergistic int… [Nutr Rev. 2010]‘ – PubMed – NCBI

Recipe

Chef Ann’s ‘MuffCakes‘ | annsimplydelicious.com

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Sources of information

The Benefits of Vitamin C

Vitamin C offers more than you might think

Most of us think of vitamin C as an immune booster, but let us look a bit deeper into this wonderful vitamin. Did you know that Vitamin C can slash your risk of heart attack and stroke?

It promotes healthy arteries by increasing your body’s production of collagen, which is a “reinforcement molecule” Vitamin C also promotes healthy gums by supporting your connective tissue. Thereby lowering our risk of heart trouble.  Because our body’s cannot make its own Vitamin C and can not store it either, we lose it every time we void.

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Eat your Vitamin C

Here is a list of the top 10 foods that have the highest levels of Vitamin C.
  1. Hot Chili Peppers
  2. Guavas
  3. Bell Peppers
  4. Thyme
  5. Parsley
  1. Raw Kale
  2. Kiwi
  3. Papayas
  4. Oranges
  5. Strawberries
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“Vitamin C is one of the safest and most effective nutrients, experts say. It may not be the cure for the common cold (though it’s thought to help prevent more serious complications). But the benefits of vitamin C may include protection against immune system deficiencies, cardiovascular disease, prenatal health problems, eye disease, and even skin wrinkling.” [Courtesy of WebMD ©2013, WebMD, LLC. All rights reserved]
So on that note I will encourage you to go right out and get a fresh dose of this vitamin right away!