Food Facts - Fruits

  Banana

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The fruit of the banana tree is eaten directly when ripe or as a part of fruit salads, juice, or shakes. Unripe bananas can cause severe indigestion and should be eaten only in cooked form. The banana tree is the largest flowering herbaceous plant in the world, and although there are many different varieties, almost all are elongated, slightly curved fruits with a fleshy outer peel that can be easily removed to expose white to yellow flesh. The many medicinal benefits of bananas are attributed to its rich vitamin, mineral, and organic compound content. Letís explore the actual content of what makes bananas such an important, powerful, and beneficial fruit.

1. Control Blood Pressure :
Bananas are very rich in potassium yet almost completely devoid of sodium thus are perfect to prevent high levels of blood pressure.

2. Promote Bone Health :
High amount of Potassium present in banana counteracts the increased urinary calcium loss caused by the high-salt diets, thus preventing bones from thinning out at a fast rate.

3. Ease Depression :
Eating bananas can cheer you up as they are the only fruits to contain amino acid, tryptophan plus vitamin B6 which together help the body to make serotonin that helps the body to relax, improves mood and generally makes you happier.

4. Treat Anaemia :
Rich in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of haemoglobin in the blood and so help in cases of anaemia.

5. Reduces Constipation :
Bananas are rich in fibres that can help to restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the constipation problem without resorting to laxatives.

6. Heartburn :
Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so eating them can provide soothing relief from heartburn.

7. PMS :
The vitamin B6 present in bananas regulates blood glucose levels, which help in balancing overall mood and reducing menstrual pain.

8. Increase Brain Power :
It has been proved that regular intake of banana can improve brain power in children. The high potassium content in bananas helps to increase mental alertness and boost brain power.

9. Overcome 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.

10. Morning Sickness :
Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.

11. Ease Peptic Ulcers :
Banana is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in people with severe intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. Banana neutralizes acidity and reduces irritation of the stomach. It contains protease inhibitors which help to clear bacteria in the stomach that produces peptic ulcers.

12. Reduce Risk of Cancer :
Being Rich in antioxidants and dietary fibre, bananas can reduce the risk of various types of cancer especially bowel cancer.

13. Effective in Diarrhoea :
Conditions like diarrhoea drain out electrolytes making the body weak. Bananas being rich in potassium help in restoring these electrolytes.

14. Support Weight Loss :
Containing loads of fibre and low amounts of fat, bananas are easily digestible. Therefore, a diet consisting primarily of bananas does not make an obese person gain a few extra kilos.

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