If you want a quick energy booster, there’s no better snack than a banana. Bananas have three natural sugars; sucrose, fructose and glucose-combined with a fiber, a banana gives an instant and sustained boost of energy. Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90 minute work out.
Unripe bananas contain resistant starch, so called because it can’t be digested by the small intestine-which then ferments in the large intestine, often causing wing. Because ripe bananas are very readily digestible and seldom cause any allergic reactions, they are a popular good food for babies.
Bananas are also found to valuable to preventing or curing these ailments:
Mosquito Bites: Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. A lot of people find it amazingly successful in reducing the sweeling and irritation caused due to insect bites.
Hangovers: One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milk shake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and with the support of honey, builds the depleted sugar levels, while the milk soothes and rehydrates your system.
Smoking: Bananas can also help people trying to quit smoking. The nutrients in Bananas help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.
Ulcers: Banana is used as a dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in chronic cases. In addition, it neutralizes acidity and reduces the irritation coating the line of the gut.
Stress: Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body’s water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate increases, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These may be re-balance with the help of a banana snack.
Anemia: High in iron, Bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin and aid in the cases of Anemia.
Green Bananas or Plantains are indigestible and unpalatable when consumed raw. Because they are full of tannin, they could taste bitter, though some of the flavors disappears when cooked. Plantains contain more starch than Bananas since they’re consumed before they are fully ripe. Some research has linked low incidence of stomach and bowel cancer using a diet high in indigestible starch.
So a banana is a natural remedy for many ills. In comparison to an apple it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrate, three times the phosphorous, five occasions vitamin A and iron and two other minerals and vitamins. So next time you see a banana don’t be afraid to grab a bite!