Ok so before I start talking serious about bananas, I’m going to have to take a moment for the *ahem ‘less mature twenty somethings’ to have a giggle about the fact I’m talking bananas. Yes, this fruit does seem to be the topic of (puerile) jokes due to its particular shape and such.
Ok now that’s over, let’s begin!
The first bananas are thought to have grown in the region of the Philippines, Malaya Peninsula, Indonesia and New Guinea. From here, traders and travelers took them to India, Africa and Polynesia as far back as 600 AD.
HOW THEY GROW:
Unlike most fruits which grow on trees, bananas grow on plants that can actually reach up to 9 metres in height- that’s huge for a plant!
Energy- Bananas give a punch of energy (which is 1000 times better than unnatural chemical energisers e.g. energy drinks) and regulates blood sugar levels. And for the ladies, this means it also improves your mood and reduces PMS symptoms! Woohoo!
Vitamins- Bananas are a great source of Vitamin C, with modest amounts of B group vitamins, and are the best fruit source of vitamin B6 (B6 reduces swelling, protect against type II diabetes, aid weight loss, strengthens nervous system, and help with the production of white blood cells)
1 small banana = ¼ daily needs; 1 big banana = ½ daily needs
Antioxidant Power- Studies show that bananas reduce oxidative stress in the blood and reduce LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol). Oxidised LDL plays a major role in the formation of plaques leading to heart disease. Also, antioxidant compounds in bananas helped protect nerve cells, which in turn could help protect the brain from Alzheimer’s Disease
Cancer Fighter- Bananas contain lectins (Plant lectins are known to resist digestion and enter the blood stream intact; they can affect cancer cell growth, proliferation, and even destroy the cell completely).
Bananas help reduce the risk of kidney cancer.
Weight Control– You won’t get fat on a banana, because they have no fat!
Bananas have a high satiety index, meaning, they’re filling for the amount of kilojoules they provide. To compare, 4 bananas have the same number of kilojoules as a medium fries, yet so much more filling.
Fibre Filled- Bananas are high in fibre, which helps prevent constipation and restores normal bowel action without resorting to laxatives. A medium banana = 10% of your fibre needs for a day!
See what I mean!? Bananas are B-A-N-A-N-A-S!!!
From preventing cancer to helping in weight loss, bananas are jam-packed with elements that will be beneficial to your health and lifestyle!
So be kind to yourself and pick up a bunch of banana-ry goodness from your nearest fruit store or supermarket today!
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