Friday, May 7, 2010

GO Bananas

First in my re-committed Fabulous Food series is the BANANA!I ALWAYS have a stock of bananas in this house... unless it's super close to payday and we can't take a trip to the grocery store yet!! They are better than candy! My kids can't get enough of them. What's not to LOVE?!

I found some great info on Check it out:

*Bananas are made up mostly of sugars and fiber. Which is why they are a GREAT food for workouts! They give you immediate and prolonged energy!!! The fiber also helps your digestive tract... won't go into gory details but we all want that system to be working properly... so eat your fiber!

* Bananas contain tryptophan. Tryptophan is an aminoacid that can help regulate you appetite, improve your sleep AND elevate your mood!!

* Bananas are high in iron. Did you know that the main function of iron is to help carry oxygen from the lungs to the muscles and other organs? IMPORTANT!! When iron is low, oxygen consumption slows down. You see where this leads right?! Right.

* Bananas also are a GREAT source of fructooligosaccharide. It's a kind of sugar that acts like a fiber, passes undigested to the large intestine and nourishes the "good" bacteria in the colon. Ultimately helping your body absorb calcium better!

* Green bananas contain indigestible short chain fatty acids (SCFAs) that help the cells in your stomach. When healthy they too help absorb calcium better!

* The USDA just allowed the banana industry to tout bananas ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke! Bananas are very high in potassium and very low in sodium; a perfect ratio for preventing high blood pressure.

* Bananas are naturally anti-acidic, to try eating a banana when heartburn kicks in!

* For the same anti-acid reason, bananas are gentle on the stomach. Ever heard of the B-R-A-T diet? When you've got the Dreaded Mahocus {diarrhea & such} eat Bananas, Rice, Applesauce and Toast!

* Want to stop smoking? Bananas contain vitamins B6 and B12, also potassium and magnesium: all of which help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.

* Rub the inside of the Banana peel on mosquito bites... bye bye itch!!

* The potassium and B vitamins in bananas help reduce stress and improve nerve function.

So go ahead... Go Bananas B-A-N-A-N-A-S! {Must sing like Gwen Stafani}


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