The Benefits of Eating…Bananas!

Previously in this series, the benefits of eating:

Bananas tend to get a bad rep from some people but I really don’t understand why.  Yes, each banana is about 100 calories but that isn’t much more than an average apple and bananas have so many benefits.  It just comes down to moderation.  From many studies I’ve read, having a banana 5 days a week is great for your health!  Which is very good news, since I eat one at breakfast most days of the week :)

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Bananas are healthy for us because they….

1. contain the essential mineral potassium (probably what bananas are most famous for).  This aids in muscle growth, nerve cell function, sends oxygen to the brain, regulates the body’s water balance, and helps to maintain a regular heartbeat.

2. are rich in vitamin B6, which helps regulate blood glucose levels.  **this is good for pregnant women and women suffering from menstrual cramps

3. contain about 3-4 grams of dietary fiber.

4. provide folic acid, which is crucial for healthy cell division; has been proven to reduce the risk of stroke and can actually improve your mood (due to tryptophan).  **especially good for pregnant women and women trying to conceive

5. are a source of high natural energy.

6. are a great source of vitamin C.

7. contain resistant starch which may increase fat metabolism.

8. score a 91 on the NuVal scale!

9. can help prevent, regulate, or overcome a number of illnesses and conditions, including the following; depression, anemia, PMS, brain power, blood pressure, hangovers, constipation, heartburn, morning sickness, ulcers, body temperature control, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), strokes, and stress.

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Like I mentioned above, I love bananas.
They’re very versatile–just some of the ways to eat bananas:

  • eating them plain, of course
  • mixed in or a topping for oatmeal
  • sliced into a bowl of cereal
  • topped with peanut butter, almond butter, or sunflower seed spread
  • blended into smoothies
  • made into breads, muffins, pancakes, etc.
  • sliced and placed on {peanut butter} toast, bagel, or english muffin
  • grilled (I’ve heard of this but never tried it)
  • freezing and then making into healthy banana soft serve (this is enough of a reason to need a food processor, come on wedding registry! :)

What’s your favorite way to eat a banana?