Bananas contain nearly everything that is necessary for our body, but doesn’t contain fat, cholesterol or sodium. It’s also the ideal food for babies, because it does not cause allergies, it is easy to digest and is a good source of energy. So, the question stands: What are bananas good for?
Banana belongs to the group of plants that humans grew since earliest times, about 10,000 years ago. It originated from Malaysia, from where it was transferred to India, and throughout Southeast Asia. In the 8th century, Arab traders transferred it to the west coast of Africa, and from there with the help of Portuguese sailors to the Caribbean islands and America.
Banana was named by Arab traders. At that time bananas were much smaller and looked like a man’s finger, and in Arabic the finger is called “banan”
Banana is not a tree, but the highest herbaceous plant in the world! There are two main types of bananas: sweet fruit of bananas and plantains. Fruit bananas are eaten fresh, and plantain bananas are vegetables which should be cooked before eating. Bananas are grown in all tropical countries, and after rice, wheat and milk are the fourth most important agricultural raw materials.
Besides the fruit, other parts are used for food and many other things. Banana leaves are used for cooking and food storage. The fibers are used for making rafts and fishing nets, and the dried bark is used for coloring the leather and for making soaps.
Food for good mood
Because of its richness in potassium and very small amounts of salt, bananas are ideal for lowering blood pressure and prevention of stroke. Banana fiber helps the digestive system and is especially used against constipation. Studies conducted among people who suffer from depression have shown that banana helps. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a protein that helps serotonin, and is responsible for our good mood. Therefore, the banana is known as a food for a good mood.
Bananas have a natural effect on the body if you suffer from heartburn, and can help with morning sickness. It is good for the nervous system. It also relieves menstrual problems and disruptions caused by weather changes. Bananas can even help those who want to stop smoking.
Banana flower is used to treat bronchitis, for making juice against hysteria and is also used to relieve insect bites.
Banana is undoubtedly a natural remedy for many diseases. If you compare it to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrate, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins. It is rich in potassium and is one of the tastiest fruits around. Maybe it’s time to change the famous phrase about the usefulness of apples and instead start saying: “Banana a day keeps the doctor away.”
Forget the pills – eat a banana. The vitamin B6 that banana contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.
Banana is rich in iron and can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and it helps in cases of anemia.
This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it the ideal fruit to beat blood pressure.
About two hundred students at a school (Twickenham school) eat bananas for breakfast in order to improve their brain abilities and be more focused and efficient. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more awake and concentrated.
Banana contains fibers that help us establish normal bowel movement and overcome the problem, without the need for a laxative.
Bananas have a natural effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.
Banana as a snack between meals helps us to keep blood sugar levels and avoid morning sickness.
Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the area with the inside of banana peel. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation caused by mosquito bites.
Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.
Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria concluded that stress at work can lead to excessive eating of chocolate and unhealthy snacks. By observing 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found that those, the most obese ones, had jobs where they were exposed to great pressure. The report concludes: “In order to avoid the desire for sweets, we need to control blood sugar levels and we can do that by eating food that is rich in carbohydrates every two hours.” Of course, the banana is again the best and healthiest source.
The banana is used as the 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 diseases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.
Many other cultures see a banana as a fruit that “cools” and believe that it can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand, for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.
SMOKING AND TOBACCO USES
Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. B6, B12, potassium and magnesium found in bananas help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.
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 rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. This can be rebalanced with just a few bites of banana!
According to a research published in the New England Journal of Medicine, intake of bananas in the daily diet may reduce the risk of developing stroke by nearly 40%.
People who mainly use natural methods of treatment will tell you that if you want to get rid of warts, take a piece of banana skin and place it on the wart, with the yellow side out. You can attach a plaster or a surgical bandage tape to make sure banana peel stays that way.
GOOD SIDES OF THE BANANAS
Gives you energy and is rich in potassium, magnesium and vitamin B6, which is good for the nerves.
BAD SIDE OF THE BANANAS
Green bananas can cause problems with digestion, because of the starch that is difficult to digest. So eat a banana with a yellow peel.
SMALL MAGIC WITH BANANAS
We bring you a list of everything that you can do with a banana – from polishing leather shoes to the cleaning of indoor plants.
Polish leather shoes or silverware: Maybe this sounds funny, but banana peel really can effectively restore the shine of the leather shoes and silverware. First, remove any residual fiber from the banana peel, and afterwards rub the shoes with it. Then wipe the shoes with paper towel or cloth. This way you can even restore the glow of the old, leather furniture.
Clean indoor plants: To make dusty and drab leaves shine again, just wipe each with the inside of a banana peel. The result will delight you!