OT: Very Interesting Info and Facts About BANANAS

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by JLH, Jul 26, 2006.

  1. JLH

    JLH New Member

    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.

    According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst 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.

    Forget the pills -- eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.

    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 the perfect way 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 (Middlesex) school 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.

    High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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-chronicler cases. 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.

    Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD):
    Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer tryptophan.

    Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6, B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.

    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 rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.

    According to research in "The New England Journal of Medicine," eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%!

    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 carbohydrates, 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 it's time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, "A banana a day keeps the doctor away!"


  2. rosemarie

    rosemarie Member

    WOW! I had NO CLUE as to the value of a banana, I am going to call my daughter who is expecting and has really bad morning sickness. She is just over 3 months along and has not gained but 4 oz. She is getting worried about not gaining any weight. And I didn't know that they helped with the constaptaion . I am so impressed. SO it is true that you can still learn something new each day.Thanks for sharing this.

  3. 69mach1

    69mach1 New Member

    banana ice cream w/dark chocolate chunks...perfect food for me...oh yeah walnuts in it...

    no wonder i liked it when i get really depressed..

  4. pammy52

    pammy52 New Member

    since beginning to take an increased # of supplements that by eating a banana about 20 min. before hand, I don't get a queasy stomach anymore.

    I have always found a banana the best way to squelch hunger in between meals.

    I have seen this listing before and it is amazing that one fruit can provide so much benefit.

  5. pam_d

    pam_d New Member

    Thanks for sharing this.
  6. kjfms

    kjfms Member

    Great article-about my favorite snack.

    Thanks for posting,

    Karen :)
  7. Lendy5

    Lendy5 New Member

    Wow! I knew that bananas were good for us but the list goes on and on.

    Thankfully all of us including the kids love'em. There's nothing like a banana sandwich.

    Thanks for posting this, I will share it with my family.

  8. Kimelia

    Kimelia New Member

    How does it affect candida and parasites to eat a banana a day? I'm allergic to bananas, but I love them. THat test was taken about 2 years ago to diagnose my allergy. Maybe since i have had hardly any since then I'm ok with them now. I will buy some this week. Storm, what do you think about the effect of bananas on the yeast etc?

    Thanks for input!
  9. jole

    jole Member

    I know I can be different at times, but bananas really cause me to feel nauseated and weak. Don't know if it's the sugar content in them or what, but I just can't eat one by itself.

    I get along okay if I eat it with something else though. Go figure!!!
  10. Lolalee

    Lolalee New Member

    for future reference
  11. msmac

    msmac New Member

    if you are constipated eat a bananna.

    If you are loose, eat a bannana.

    They modulate bowels and soothe them.

    I have IBS and had been on Zelnorm for 2 years prior to using the bananna therapy. Just banannas most of the time do it for me now.

    If they'd only figure out a way to keep them fresh longer for us that are too far to grocery shop every 3 days!
  12. doxygirl

    doxygirl New Member

    I have a low carb lifestyle now and have for many years............"YES" I do eat lots of veggies, but not a lot of fruits since they are filled with sugar.

    Is anyone else here watching carbs? I wonder how bad eating bananas everyday would be in controlling carbs? My carb intake is so limited due to age and menopause.........if I don't watch it very strictly i gain gain gain!

    Just curious?

  13. Marta608

    Marta608 Member

  14. ellie5320

    ellie5320 New Member

    I love then but don't buy them in Australia $14.99 kg
  15. Tantallon

    Tantallon New Member

    I had no idea they were so good for you. I must admit, I thought apples were better for you. Cheers for the info.

  16. JLH

    JLH New Member

    It also may have been just that client's metabolism -- my mother eats 1-2 bananas a day and she keeps losing weight! Go figure.
  17. mrpain

    mrpain New Member

    Why did my daughter's doctor tell her to stay off bananas due to her constipation problem? He won't let her have any.. He said bananas make you constipated. Is he right or is he nuts?
  18. mrpain

    mrpain New Member

    After asking my question above, I went to google and pulled up a site called keepkidshealthy......It said bananas should NOT be eaten if your child has constipation.
    It said bananas caused constipation.

    The banana site obviously pushes the banana product and will not mention this. But as I said above, my daughter's doctor also said for her to stay away from bananas...He said, and the web site said bananas causes constipation. With that said, I personally LOVE eating bananas...
    [This Message was Edited on 07/28/2006]
  19. JLH

    JLH New Member

    You know what, my "children" are all adults and married now, but I do remember now their pediatrician telling me when they were sick with the flu -- had vomiting and diahrrea -- to put them on a BRAT diet for 24-48 hours(BRAT = bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast).

    So, it would make sense that bananas would be constipating if the doc said to eat them if you've had diahhrea!

  20. butterfly8

    butterfly8 New Member

    You can freeze bananas. -- Just throw them in the freezer, still in their skins. The skins go black, but you can just peel the skins off and suck them like an iceblock. Also, when frozen, they ice coolness to the smoothie you make.