All of you must have heard the popular adage, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” right? But after reading this article, you might want to replace ‘an apple’ with ‘a banana’ since it does exactly the same as an apple to your body with its high amounts of nutrients. Banana, being one of the most common fruits in any household, is often added to cereals, cakes, smoothies and desserts but have you ever thought what it really does to our body apart from bringing satisfaction to our taste buds? Well, let’s find out together!
01.Increasing energy levels.
A medium sized banana provides you with 27 grams of carbohydrates. Some people avoid bananas believing they have relatively high amounts of carbohydrates, but what they are forgetting is that carbs isn’t always bad or unhealthy. You actually need them to fuel your body. Banana, having 3 types of natural sugars (sucrose, glucose and fructose) can become an excellent source of energy accompanied by lots of vitamins and minerals, free from fats and bad cholesterols, unlike any other processed sweet treats.
02. Losing/gaining weight.
Doesn’t matter if you are skinny or fat, because banana is for everybody! If you are searching for a tastier weight loss trick, eating a banana everyday just might be the answer for you. Bananas contain fiber which make you feel full longer, which means you eat less afterwards. They also contain a kind of starch which reduces your appetite and raises body’s sensitivity to insulin. So banana would be a very wise choice of snacks rather than something full of artificial sugars and fats.
If you are looking for a healthy way to add some more pounds, prepare a banana shake! With milk, nuts and honey, you can make the best out of the healthy carbs a banana contains.
03. Reducing stress.
A single banana provides you with 8% of the daily Magnesium requirement, the element responsible for good mood and sound sleep. It also contains Tryptophan, an essential amino acid which helps your body to make proteins and neurotransmitters such as serotonin; the “feel good” hormone. So if you are feeling cranky, stressed or fatigued after putting in a hard day’s work, just reach the kitchen counter and grab a banana!
04. Treats cramps.
Cramps happen due to lack of certain nutrients or dehydration. A banana contains 8% Magnesium, 12% Potassium and 1% Calcium of your recommended daily intakes and all these nutrients are linked with mitigating the muscle cramps. So if you experience muscle cramps often during a workout or while doing something more neutral like walking or watching tv, a banana would definitely be beneficial for you.
05. Reducing the risk of getting heart diseases.
Cardiovascular diseases are the major reason for deaths around the world. But have you thought this beautiful yummy fruit would play a huge part in protecting you from this risk when added to your daily diet? Yes, Potassium, the one single element among many other beneficial elements, would do the magic since people who eat more potassium have upto 27 % lower risk of getting cardiovascular diseases as per the statistics! Impressive right? Potassium also improves the efficiency of arteries helping them to remain flexible so they can do their job of circulating blood throughout your body properly.
06. Meeting the vitamin requirements in your body.
A banana contains 22% of the recommended daily value (DV) of vitamin B6 and 17% of the DV of vitamin C. Vitamin B6 also known as Pyridoxine, helps to store energy from carbohydrates and proteins in food you eat. We also need vitamin B6 to produce amino acids, haemoglobin and insulin. Vitamin C is an essential antioxidant that helps promote immunity and neutralizes free radicals in your body. Therefore consuming a banana daily would contribute immensely in fulfilling your daily vitamin requirements.
Bananas are packed with essential nutrients and health promoting plant compounds, but they contain minimal amounts of calcium, protein and fats. Therefore it doesn’t make a complete meal on its own. That’s why we recommend banana as a healthy snack in between your main meals.
Next thing you shouldn’t forget is that eating too much bananas may result in weight gaining and poor blood sugar control. So consuming 1 or 2 bananas per day, along with other healthy foods is alright for most healthy people. By “most people”, we meant people who are not suffering from chronic kidney diseases or advised by their doctor to cut back on Potassium intake. If you are one of them, you might want to stay away from bananas!