Monkey bananaI had boycotted bananas for a long time before I began training. On the strict orders of my instructor I started having a banana between lunch and training. Frankly speaking, I love them now owing to their numerous health benefits and NO! I am not even a monkey. Not yet…

Here is quick look at how beneficial bananas are for the human body and otherwise:

Source of Fibre

A single banana has about 3 grams of fibre. Dietary fibre helps in feeling fuller longer and also keep digestive processes running efficiently.

Satisfy your sweet tooth

An average banana has 110 calories and can fulfill your sweet tooth cravings without ruining your diet and training.

 Potassium

As per a research by Colorado State University, potassium is essential for a smooth nerve and muscle function. It also facilitates the balance of fluids in the body along with preventing painful cramps after rigorous exercise.

An average banana has approximately 400 mg potassium packed in it!

Fat & Cholesterol

 Bananas are completely free from any fat and cholesterol and are a great natural and healthy diet!

Digestibility

Mashed bananas are one of the most widely used baby foods especially when they are introduced to solid foods. They are easy to digest and a source of important nutrients when suffering from indigestion or a virus without straining the stomach too much.

 Manganese

 Manganese aids in bone health and speedy metabolism. Bananas are a great source of manganese, as one medium banana provides about 3 mg. Adults on average need 1.8 and 2.3 mg of manganese daily.

Carbohydrates

Carbs are instant energy. Eating a bananas before  or after a workout is the best way to feel energized!

 Vitamin C & Vitamin B-6

 An average banana has 10 mg of vitamin C which boosts immune system, cell health and improves and facilitates the absorption of other nutrients.

Our body needs vitamin B-6 to grow new cells. An average banana supplies 35% of daily B-6 requirement

Overcomes Depression & helps in reducing PMS symptoms

Bananas help combat depression due high levels of tryptophan, which is converted into serotonin ( the happy-mood brain neurotransmitter).

Moreover, it not only lifts  your mood but also  reduce PMS symptoms, as it regulates blood sugar and produces stress-relieving relaxation. You listening ladies? 😉

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Other benefits

  • Banana skin relieves against itching as a result of insect bites.
  • Bananas aid in lowering body temperature and can be eaten when running a fever or just to cool down on a hot day! 😉
  • It helps in quitting smoking as it contains high levels of potassium and magnesium which helps in quitting.
  • Helps in removing a wart by putting the inside of a banana peel on the wart and tapping it.
  • Rubbing the inside of banana peel on leather shoes and handbags makes them shine instantly!

 

Bananas can be eaten and used in multiple forms! A banana on its own, mixed in a fruit salad, as an ingredient in muffins (when you are not watching your calories as such), frozen yogurt, smoothies and the list is never ending!!! 🙂

They makes a great, healthy and a nutritious snack. Apart from this, from alleviating the mood to making your handbags/shoes shine! Bananas are awesome! And oh! who doesn’t like witnessing banana peel falls? 😛 Its been a while since I have been a spectator to one..

That’s it folks! Hope you are now looking at bananas in a different light!

 Remember! a banana day is surely enough to keep the doctor away…xxx

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52 comments on “Bananas are NOT just for Monkeys!”

  1. I did not know about that fever bit! I will have to keep that in mind for my daughter! Enjoyed reading thanks for sharing your monkey wisdom with us 🙂

  2. Little historical tidbit. The reason why people don’t slip on bananas anymore is because they’re almost extinct. The bananas that people first began eating in large amounts in the US was the cultivar known as Gros Michel, which had a tougher and moister peel, which is why people slipped on it. Panama Disease has almost entirely killed it off, especially in the Western Hemisphere, and so we’ve switched to the Cavendish cultivar, the peel of which is much less slippery.

  3. Diabetics are told to stay away from bananas because of their high carbohydrate content. If we must indulge, it’s recommended to keep it to 1/2 banana.

    You never told us why you boycotted bananas.

    • Hey Beverly!!! Thank you for letting us know about bananas and diabetics. hahah and about my boycott…i just told myself it doesnt taste great one fine day while i was still in school and just decided not to have it forever…Just like that lol xxx

  4. Awesome information and blog! I love bananas, I just ran out of them and need to run out and buy more! they are really good with peanut butter…For breakfast sometimes I’ll have an English muffin with peanut butter and sliced bananas on top..yummy!!

  5. This was a very informative post thanks for sharing all the great benefits of bananas… I don’t really care for them but I may just start eating them because they’re good for us!!

  6. Okay, now I feel like having a banana. Thanks, also, Matthew Vett for the tidbit. I always wondered that about bananas. They never seemed that slippery, so where did that come from? Now I know. More accurately, someone I don’t know on the internet told me something that sounds too true to be made up, but I’ll exercise an appropriate amount of skepticism, until I get that verified. No offense, Matthew, I hope you’d do the same for anything I write!

  7. I eat bananas almost every day. I loved them since birth, which is rather interesting, because my mom craved and ate a lot of bananas while pregnant with me! I knew a fairly good portion of what you listed about bananas, however I was not aware of all benefits you had listed. Very informative article! 🙂

  8. I will admit I’ve always been a skeptic of bananas since I have heard all of the fattening horrors. This has relieved my worries! Thanks and I will definitely be adding a banana in on my intense workout days 🙂

  9. oh my goodness 😀 i always do home research on foods like this! i’m so glad you do this as well, getting the word out to people!

    ever tried a green smoothie? the concept might sound kind of too healthy and make your stomach go a bit queasy but then again, gotta give it a try before you judge it right?

    if you have a mini blender itll work great!
    (maybe youve already tried it hehe)

    i put in 1/8 cup of water (into the blender)
    handful of raw baby spinach/kale/arugula (into the blender, and they are all interchangeable, i usually just use baby spinach because it seems to produce the smoothest texture)
    one entire banana (sliced up and stick it into the blender)
    and by now, your blender is probably bursting, so go ahead and blend it, that way itll shrink down)
    and if youre using a big blender, well ignore that previous comment.

    either way, now youve got some sort of super green creamy concoction. its probably been reduced so you can technically fit any kind of other fruit you want.
    i add in half an apple. i usually keep it simple, like spinach, water, banana, apple. Instead of spinach, kale, water, banana, blue berries, strawberries all jumbled in one blended cup (ive tried it before and let’s just say i like the simplified version better)

    the 1/8 cup of water is completely adjustable. too much water gives a watered down taste and watery texture, and too little water…well, the stuff might not even come out of the cup when you’re trying to drink it.
    So, 1/8 is a good starting point 🙂

    oh the creamy banana taste!

    gonna go make some more green smoothie now!
    Cheers,
    mimi

  10. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I Love, love, love this post! My favorite animal is a monkey so your post title caught my attention!! I knew bananas were good for you but I didn’t know they were a super food! I feel awesome now, I had my banana for breakfast on peanut butter toast…breakfast of champions right there! I’m excited to read more of your posts, very entertaining!! 😀

  11. Dukan Diet says no to the mighty banana, my favourite fruit.
    And who am I to argue with the fella that helped me lose 65kg in 7 months.
    (yes, that’s a back-street boy)
    But I miss them, I miss them so much …
    🙂
    dC

  12. Hi Cheeni,

    Wish I had a banana, with a little green on it, right now to eat with the peanut butter toast. Sounds yummy! Didn’t know it was so loaded with benefits. Thanks for telling me, and thanks for the follow on my blog.

  13. I’m a foodie too so I always love bits on great eats! Nice to spend a little time here, Cheeni, and thanks for the follow! xLaura

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