The Energy In Bananas

Grab a Banana and stay active!. Bananas have three natural
sugars; sucrose, fructose and glucose-combined with a fiber, a
banana gives an instant and sustained boost of energy. Research
has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a
strenuous 90 minute work out.

Unripe bananas contain resistant starch, so called because it
cannot be digested by the small intestine-which then ferments in
the large intestine, often causing wing. Because ripe bananas
are very easily digestible and rarely cause any allergic
reactions, they are a popular solid food for babies.

Bananas are also found to beneficial to preventing or curing
these ailments:

Heart Burn: Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body so
if you suffer from a Heart burn, try eating a banana for
soothing relief.

Morning Sickness: Snacking on bananas between meals helps to
keep the 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 in reducing the sweeling and
irritation caused due to insect bites.

Hangovers: One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to
make a banana milk shake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms
the stomach and with the help of honey, builds the depleted
sugar levels, while the milk soothes and rehydrates your system.

Smoking: Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking.
The nutrients in Bananas help the body recover from the effects
of nicotine withdrawal.

Ulcers: Banana is used as a 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 chronic
cases. It also neutralizes acidity and reduces the irritation
coating the line of the stomach.

Stress: Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the
heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body’s
water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate
increases, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be
re-balance with the help of a banana snack.

Anemia: High in iron, Bananas can stimulate the production of
hemoglobin and help in the cases of Anemia.

Green Bananas or Plantains are indigestible and unpalatable when
eaten raw. Because they are rich in tannin, they can taste
bitter, though some of this flavors disappears when cooked.
Plantains contain more starch than Bananas because they are
eaten before they are fully ripe. Some research has linked low
incidence of stomach and bowel cancer with a diet high in
indigestible starch.

So a banana is a natural remedy for many ills. When compared to
an apple it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrate,
three times the phosphorous, five times vitamin A and iron and
twice other vitamins and minerals. So next time you see a banana
don’t hesitate to grab a bite!

Here’s a delicious Banana recipe to get started –

Banana Cream Pudding

Chocolate sauce-1 cup
Powdered sugar- 1 cup
Little chocolate powder – 2 Tblsp.

Cut the banana into big pieces. Mix the chocolate sauce and
chocolate powder to make a cream. Then add the banana pieces
into this cream. Mix the powdered sugar into the cream. Set this
mixture for sometime in a freezer until the pudding becomes soft
to medium hardness.

Author: Roshan Kumar