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Banana

Banana

 

If there’s one fruit you can instantly recognise it’s the Banana. These long, thin fruits in their Green or Yellow jackets are not only distinctive but they taste great and happen to be a powerhouse of nutrition.

If your not already into Bananas, read on to find out why you should add these fantastic fruits to your diet.

 

Banana History

The Banana has a long and colourful history, from being the staple food of early tribes people to now being a modern health promoting super food.

Humans have been cultivating and eating bananas for many many centuries and it is claimed that the earliest fossil record of humans cultivating bananas goes back over 12 000 years, these tasty fruits were thought to have come from the area around Papua new guinea but may have originally come from anywhere in south Asia

 

These days the Banana is widely cultivated throughout the tropical and sub tropical areas of the planet, in fact you can now find bananas being farmed in around 107 counties! They are by value of their worldwide sales the fourth largest food crop in the world. Because bananas don’t have a specific growing season they are available all year round, this is what makes them one of the most widely eaten fruits, not to mention the fact that they’re incredibly good for you and make a fantastic snack food.

 

Bananas and health

Once you go Bananas you’ll never look back, they can make you happier, make you healthier and even make you smarter! If you though it was a food for monkeys then think again.

Here’s some things bananas can do for you and your health

– Eating Bananas before you work out will help you workout for longer and sustain your blood sugar levels

– Bananas have high levels of tryptophan, which is converted into serotonin in the brain, this is the thing that makes you happy

– Bananas protect against type II diabetes, are great for weight loss and help to bolster the nervous system.

– Bananas help with the production of  white blood cells due to high levels of vitamin B-6

– Bananas can help cure a hangover

– Bananas can help to cure Morning sickness

– Help to protect against osteoporosis

– Helps protect against muscle cramps due to it’s high concentrations of potassium

– Bananas can help reduce swelling

– Strengthens the blood and relieves anemia due to it’s iron content

– High in potassium and low in salt they have the ability to protect against strokes, heart attack and high blood pressure

– Rich in pectin, bananas aid digestion and gently chelate toxins and heavy metals from the body

– Bananas act as a prebiotic, stimulating the growth of friendly bacteria in the bowel, they also produce digestive enzymes to assist in the absorption of nutrients.

– Bananas are a natural antacid,  they provide relief from acid reflux and heartburn

– Bananas contain high levels of B-vitamins as well as potassium and magnesium these can help speed recovery from the effects of
withdrawal
You can even use them to polish your shoes!!!!!!!

 

Bananas and Juicing

 

How do you juice a banana??????? The simple answer is……. You don’t

Basically, if you try to put a banana in your masticating juicer all that’s going to come out is more banana but in a form of paste. I guess there may be a million different uses for this banana paste but putting it in juice isn’t one of them.

To get the best out of bananas in the form of a drink there’s only one real solution, smoothies. Bananas are ideal for smoothies, they give your drink a great consistency and they taste fantastic.

Banana smoothie

Banana smoothie, tasty and nutritious

 

 Nutritional Data

NutritionPer 100g% RDA
Energy90 Kcal4.5%
Carbohydrates22.84 Kcal18%
Protein1.09 g2%
Total Fat0.33 mg1 %
Cholesterol0 g0%
Dietary Fiber2.60 g7%

Vitamins

Vitamin A

Vitamin A

NutritionPer 100g% RDA
Folates20 µg 5%
Niacin0.665 mg4%
Pantothenic acid0.334mg7%
Pyridoxine0.367 mg27%
Riboflavin0.072 mg5%
Thiamin0.032 mg2%
Vitamin A64 IU2%
Vitamin C8.7 mg15%
Vitamin E0.10mg1%
Vitamin K0.5 µg1%

Minerals

Minerals

Minerals

MineralsPer 100g% RDA
Calcium5 mg0.5%
Copper0.190 mg21%
Iron0.26 mg2%
Magnesium27 mg7%
Manganese0.270 mg13%
Phosphorus22 mg3%
Flouride5 mcg/
Selenium1.0 mcg2%
Zinc0.15 mg1%

Electrolytes

ElectrolytesPer 100g% RDA
Sodium1 mg0.1%
Potassium358 mg8%

Phytonutrients

Phytonutrients Per 100g% RDA
Alpha-carotene25 ug_ _
Beta-Carotene26 µg_ _
crypto-xanthin-ß0 µg_ _
Lutein-zeaxanthin22 µg_ _
Lycopene0 ug_ _

 

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