Top Benefits Of Eating Deliciously Ripe Bananas
Bananas are the most popular fruit in the world. They are very healthy and can be added to any diet, even to weight loss or low-carb diets.
The dessert banana is the most cultivated one. They belong to the ‘Cavendish' group and can be eaten raw.
A banana is an elongated edible fruit – botanically a berry – produced by several herbaceous plants.
The fruit is variable in size, colour, and firmness. In some countries, the cooking version is called ‘plantains.'
- Family: Musaceae
- Genus: Musa
- Order: Zingiberales
- Kingdom: Plantae
History of the Banana
The banana was not always yellow. It probably started as a smaller, browner fruit around 8,000 BC. Then, it was grown only in Southeast Asia and Papua New Guinea.
- Farmers took the early species of the banana, like the Musa Acuminata and the
- Musa balbisiana and crossbred them to a more sustainable fruit with fewer seeds.
- In the 15th century, Portuguese ships transported banana plants across the ocean and introduced them to Latin America and the Caribbean. That's where people planted them.
- Now, over 80% of all exports come from these regions.
- The legendary Cavendish banana had not caught on just yet. The softer, creamier variety of Gros Michel was trendy. This species was virtually extinct in the 1960s by an invasive and incurable fungus. That's when ‘The Cavendish, Gros Michel's cousin, became more popular, especially since it was successfully grown in the same soil as the extinct ‘Gros Michel.'
Benefits Of Eating Bananas
There are many benefits of eating this delicious fruit.
The Banana Is One of The Best Sources Of Vitamin B6
Our bodies easily absorb vitamin B6 in the banana, and it helps us to:
- Produce red blood cells
- Metabolize amino acids
- Metabolize fats and carbohydrates
- Remove unwanted chemicals from the liver and kidneys
- Maintain a healthy nervous system
This Delicious Sweet Fruit Is A Good Source Of Vitamin C
Bananas contain quite a substantial amount of Vitamin C. This vitamin is essential for our bodies to:
- Protect against cell and tissue damage.
- Absorb iron better.
- Produce collagen, which holds the body, bones & skin together
- Help the brain by producing serotonin
They Contain Dietary Fibre And Manganese
Dietary fibre from raw fruit is good for our digestive health and regular bowel movement. It also helps you feel full longer and can improve cholesterol and blood sugar levels, preventing diseases like bowel cancer, heart disease & diabetes.
Manganese plays a big role in the metabolism of nutrients.
Bananas Are Nearly Fat-Free
100 g of this fruit only contains 0.3 g of fat:
- Saturated fat 0.1 g
- Polyunsaturated fat 0.1 g
- Monounsaturated fat less than 0.1 g
They Are Cholesterol-Free
100 g bananas contain 0 mg cholesterol
Bananas Contain Tiny Traces of Sodium
100 g bananas contain 1 mg of sodium
100 g of bananas contain 0.32 mg of manganese. This mineral plays a variety of roles, such as:
- It aids the metabolism.
- Manganese helps regulate blood sugar.
- This mineral contributes to decreased inflammation.
- It reduces premenstrual cramps.
- It is essential for bone health.
- It lowers incidents of epileptic seizures.
- Manganese also contributes to good thyroid health.
Potassium has some excellent health benefits:
- It is a mineral which is highly important for heart health.
- Potassium helps manage blood pressure by supporting your body with detox and to remove some sodium.
- This mineral relaxes the walls of our blood vessels and lowers blood pressure.
- It may reduce the risk of strokes.
- Potassium can help keep your bones healthy until high age.
- And it is essential for bodybuilding; potassium makes your muscles work better.
Bananas Can Aid Digestion And Help With Gastrointestinal Health
- This fruit contains prebiotics, which is food for the probiotics
- Bananas help people take antibiotics, replacing the removed or damaged probiotics.
- It reduces allergy symptoms
- It heals yeast & urinary infections
- Bananas lessen lactose intolerance
- A banana eases irritable bowel syndrome
Bananas Are One Of The Best Foods To Give You Energy!
They are an excellent source of carbohydrates, potassium & vitamin B6, all of which boost energy levels in our bodies. Energy is essential in our busy lives.
How Do You Keep Bananas Fresh?
- This is how you buy organic bananas in grocery stores. You cover the stems of bananas with plastic wrap (see image)
- It is important to recover the bunch after eating one of them.
- My favourite version is to separate the bananas into single fruit and then wrap its stem. This slows down the ripening even more.
- You can also cut them into slices and sprinkle them with lemon or lime juice.
Little Known Facts About Bananas
There are some fascinating facts about this exciting fruit which I didn't know myself:
- The banana is “botanically” a berry, not a fruit.
- The plants they grow on are not trees. The trunk is a pseudostem, which is all that supports the plant.
- The banana “tree” is the largest herbaceous flowering plant.
- 99% of bananas we eat today are cloned from one original plant because the most popular banana, Cavendish, cannot reproduce independently.
- You can use the inside of the peel to soothe itching from bug bites and poison ivy.
- There is an international banana museum in Mecca, California/ It holds the Guinness world record for the largest collection of one fruit, with over 20,000 items related to bananas.
As you can see, bananas are a trendy fruit. Each year, humans worldwide consume an estimated 100,000 billion bananas.
The average American eats 27 lbs a year! They have many benefits for your health, body, and even brain.
The most popular one exported today is the Cavendish. There are some interesting facts about the plant. It is a herbaceous species, and the banana is botanically a berry.
There are many benefits to eating bananas regularly. I am on a raw fruit diet and eat 8 – 12 bananas weekly.
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