How About Sharing Interesting Things That Are Good For Us?

Discussion in 'Positive Feelings and Motivational Messages' started by Aquarius123, Aug 14, 2016.

  1. Aquarius123

    Aquarius123 Well-Known Member

    Bananas

    Interesting Facts About This Fruit

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    Never put bananas in the refrigerator. But do you know why? Bananas will ripen at room temperature, away from heat or direct sun. Don’t refrigerate under-ripe bananas because they’ll never get any riper. Once they get to the right stage, however, you can put them in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. The outside will turn black, but the fruit is still quite edible. If you end up with a lot of overripe bananas and can’t bear to make another loaf of banana bread, cut them into chunks, wrap them in plastic wrap and put them in the freezer. When you want a sweet treat this summer, just pop one into your mouth.

    Bananas contain three natural sugars - sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fibre. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy.

    Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world’s leading athletes.

    But energy isn’t the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can be used to overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, which makes it a useful addition to our daily food intake. Depression: According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.

    PMS: Forget the pills - eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.

    Anaemia: High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of haemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.

    Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit’s ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.

    Brain Power: 200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school ( England ) were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.

    Constipation: High in fibre, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.

    Hangovers: One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey.. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.

    Heartburn: Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.

    Morning Sickness: Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.

    Mosquito bites: Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.

    Nerves: Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.

    Overweight and at work?: Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and chips. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.

    Ulcers: 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 over-chronicler cases. It also neutralises over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.

    Temperature control: Many other cultures see bananas as a ‘cooling’ fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.

    Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer tryptophan.

    Smoking Tobacco Use: Bananas can also help people who are trying to give up smoking. The B6, B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.

    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 rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.

    Strokes: According to research in The New England Journal of Medicine, eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as forty percent.

    Warts: Those keen on natural alternatives swear that if you want to kill off a wart, take a piece of banana skin and place it on the wart, with the yellow side out. Carefully hold the skin in place with a plaster or surgical tape! Renew the peace of banana skin each day and repeat the process for thirty days. Twice over I have successfully removed a particularly unsightly wart in this manner.

    It seems that bananas really are a natural remedy for many ills. When 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 and minerals. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around. Maybe it’s time to change that well-known phrase to: ‘A banana a day keeps the doctor away!’

    Finally, for a quick shine on your shoes, take the inside of a banana peel and rub the shoe with it. Polish with a dry cloth.

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  2. IamTetsuo

    IamTetsuo Well-Known Member

    I love bananas, I eat one almost every day and they are super cheap as well. They are really nice to eat with walnuts.
     
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  3. Aquarius123

    Aquarius123 Well-Known Member

    I am going to have one in a minute - together with some walnuts!
     
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  4. SillyOldBear

    SillyOldBear Teddy Bear Fanatic Staff Member Safety & Support

    Thank you for sharing. I will soon be stocking up on bananas!
     
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  5. Aquarius123

    Aquarius123 Well-Known Member

    I had completely forgotten about bananas, until I found out all these interesting things about them. I have started to have one each day.
     
  6. Aquarius123

    Aquarius123 Well-Known Member

    I had completely forgotten about bananas, until I found out all these interesting things about them. Since then, I have started to have one each day.
     
  7. ragermoon

    ragermoon Active Member

    Pretty cool. the crazy long list of benefits it has reminds me of coconut oil :D
     
  8. Aquarius123

    Aquarius123 Well-Known Member

    Is that also very beneficial? Please tell us more about it. :)