Banana is considered an anomaly in fruits, usually observed against the background of weight gain. The truth is far from being in fact. Bananas are indeed a super slimming food. If you’re looking for a surefire way to curb hunger (minus weight gain), my advice is this: go for a banana. First, it is a fat-free food and a medium banana contains less than 100 calories. Not bad at all! Plus, it helps boost your metabolism and is loaded with resistant starch (RS), a kind of fiber that not only fills you up, but also wards off those nasty cravings. Slightly underripe, firm, medium-sized bananas give you 4.7 grams of RS, perfect for keeping you full for a long time.
A banana has a lot going for it. Compare it to an apple – a banana has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrates, three times the potassium, and twice the vitamin C, iron, and phosphorus. And what’s more, a medium banana contains less than 100 calories. Again, not bad at all.
By the way, RS consumption is also associated with lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels and better absorption of calcium and magnesium in the body. This results in stronger bones and a stronger heart. It is therefore not surprising that the scientific term for the banana is “musa sapientum”, that is to say the fruit of the wise.
Great gut friend
The high fiber content of bananas keeps digestion going, and therefore effectively combats constipation, without resorting to laxatives. Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief. With a little salt, it also effectively treats dysentery. Banana provides the phytochemical fructo-oligosaccharides, which stimulate good bacteria in our colon and prevent bad bacteria from overtaking them and producing toxic acids that can wreak havoc on health. This compound also helps the body absorb important bone-strengthening nutrients, such as calcium and magnesium.
Feel good eating
It is also a happy fruit. It is loaded with tryptophan, which is converted into serotonin in the body. Serotonin is known to relax you, improve your mood, and generally make you happier. In fact, low serotonin levels are a known cause of mood disorders and depression. Bananas are also considered wellness foods due to the high levels of tyrosine they contain. It is a precursor to the “happy” neurotransmitters – serotonin and dopamine.
Trust me. The next time you’re having trouble falling asleep, go to the kitchen and grab a banana instead of looking for another sleeping pill. It is a perfect food to induce sleep thanks to its high content of magnesium, potassium and tryptophan. Bananas also help the body naturally produce melatonin, the sleep hormone, due to its high vitamin B 6 content.
Cure for a hangover
Banana is a perfect hangover solution. It helps calm the stomach and wards off nausea since it is a natural antacid. The high dose of potassium helps by replacing lost potassium (you went to the bathroom every 5 minutes last night, remember? Well, it not only dehydrated you, but also depleted blood electrolytes: sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium). The lost magnesium replaced by this banana will help relax those headaches by also relieving your strained blood vessels.
Go for it
Have you ever noticed why the banana is every athlete’s favorite? That’s because it contains three natural sugars – sucrose, fructose and glucose – combined with an extra-large dose of fiber, so it provides an instant boost with sustained, substantial energy (which is why you see so many top athletes munching on bananas during competitions). It also has a high iron content, so it has the ability to stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and ward off fatigue.
Did you know? Banana is a perfect ‘rescue recipe’ if you’re trying to throw away the cancer stick (cigarettes). The vitamins B6 and B12 and the high content of potassium and magnesium found in it help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.
Banana is one of the best sources of pyridoxine (vitamin B6) which plays an essential role in the production of molecules (ATP and cAMP), which have been shown to help relax bronchial smooth muscle tissue.
Keep your BP under control
It is rich in potassium – a mineral vital for nerve function, to maintain blood pressure and promote bone health. Potassium helps counteract the increased urinary calcium loss caused by today’s typical high-salt diets and prevents bones from thinning too quickly.
bite the tails
But if just biting into them isn’t really your idea of gastronomic delight… (perhaps you find them a little bland!), then make “the banana” exciting. A banana for breakfast is a great idea. Take an oval dish and add a cup of cooked oats. Place a slice of banana along each longitudinal edge of the dish. Top the oats with a sauce of your choice and sprinkle with nuts. Or just make a smoothie with yogurt or milk.
Reach it in the late afternoon for a little boost. Add it to a fruit salad or spice it up. Take a banana and make an incision in the skin to open it. Drizzle with a mixture of 1 tsp lime juice, 1 tsp honey and ¼ tsp black salt. Eat the skin directly.
Need a refreshing snack? Try this: peel a banana and dip it in yogurt. Roll in crushed cereal and freeze. Then bite into it.
Okay, a peanut butter and banana sandwich drizzled with honey is a common idea (but divinely delicious, everyone will have to agree) and more of a meal than a snack if we look at how much it may be calorie-dense, but have you ever tried a banana roti roll? Simply take a roti, apply peanut butter, place a banana in the center, roll it up, cut it into small discs and nibble on it. Delicious!
Also try this ready-to-go banana dessert: Lightly drizzle oil in a skillet over medium heat. Arrange the banana slices in a skillet and cook for 1 to 2 minutes on each side. Remove the pan from the heat and pour the honey mixture (whip the honey with a little water) over the banana. Let cool and sprinkle with cinnamon.
In one look
Eat it for…
🔴 Drive away cravings
🔴 Control blood pressure
🔴 Cut fatigue at the waist
🔴 Have stronger bones and a stronger heart
🔴 Stay happy and depression free
🔴 Clean our intestines
Fun fact: the first banana split was made in 1904, but bananas have been around for much longer than that.