Bananas Health Benefits and Fun Facts

By on Jul 5, 2016 in bananas health benefits, Uncategorized | 0 comments

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Bananas

  •  native to southeast Asia

  • bananas do not grow on trees – the banana plant is classified as an arborescent (tree-like) perennial herb and the banana itself is considered a berry

  • the correct name for a bunch of bananas is a hand and a single banana is a finger

  • India is the leading producer of bananas worldwide, accounting for 23% of the total banana population

  • are among the most widely consumed fruits on the planet

  • can be helpful in overcoming depression due to high levels of tryptophan which the body converts to serotonin

  • are high in fiber, which can help you keep regular

  • contains vitamin B6 which can also help protect against type 2 diabetes and aid in weight loss

  • contains vitamin A which is essential in protecting your eyes, maintaining normal vision, and improving vision at night

  • there is some evidence to suggest that moderate consumption of bananas may be protective against kidney cancer

  • they contain potassium which may help lowering blood pressure

  • they may also reduce asthma – a study by Imperial College in London found that children who ate just one banana per day had a 34% chance of developing asthma

  • eating high potassium intakes are also associated with a reduced risk of stroke, protection against the loss of muscle mass, preservation of bone mineral density and reduction in the formation of kidney stones

  • are recommended for diarrhea treatment because they are a bland food and high in potassium

  • contains tryptophan which also helps in preserving memory and boosting your mood

  • they contain several types of potent antioxidants including dopamine and catechins

  • may help you feel more full

  • may help reduce exercise – related muscle cramps and soreness

Always check with your doctor before consuming high doses of potassium because too much potassium may harm you!

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