Let's go Banana!

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I grew up hating bananas because I had a belief that they are purely meant for monkeys. I mean, why would I be competing with monkeys for food? That was in the past though, now I have seen the light. Hardly can a week pass now without me getting bananas for myself and my household.


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Bananas are life-saving and are packed with many essential nutrients. They are one of the most versatile fruits that you can find throughout the year. It is great for hair and skin, and it brings just the right amount of sweetness and smooth consistency when baked with other ingredients or mixed into smoothies. They are an excellent food for virtually everyone, including patients with type 2 diabetes, those suffering from celiac disease, and growing children. Perhaps you are someone I use to be by not liking bananas, your preference will likely change after reading this article.

Bananas are among the most popular fruits in the world. They are native to Southeast Asia and Australia but are now grown in many warmer parts of the world. They are of different species and varieties with the latter limited by color, shape, and size. One of the species of bananas is popularly known as plantain and is primarily used to make dodo and powdered flower in the Southwestern part of Nigeria. The most common type of banana is cavendish, which is a type of sweet banana. Depending on the species, the stem of bananas can grow as high as 5 meters and as low as just 3 meters or even lower.

Bananas are very easy to propagate. Propagation is asexual whereby a mature plant gives off a young sucker that grows upward from its root. The sucker is manually detached from its parent using appropriate instruments and transplanted to a new location where it spends a few days acclimatizing before starting to give off new leaves as a sign of growth. They are perennial in nature and the fruits are borne as bunches.

Nutritionally, bananas are particularly rich in carbohydrates and contain appropriate amounts of many important nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It is rich in dietary fiber, protein, carbohydrates, potassium, iron, magnesium, calcium, vitamin B6, manganese, vitamins A, B, and C, and antioxidants such as dopamine and catechin. A medium-sized banana contains about 89 calories, 23 g of carbohydrates, 1.1 g protein, 0.3 mg fat, 1 mg sodium, and 358 mg of potassium. In addition, banana contains essential vitamins such as vitamin C, B6, A and other essential nutrients such as magnesium and iron.


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Benefits of banana

  • Bananas are a good source of potassium. The nutrient is an important component of body electrolyte and helps in lowering blood pressure by relaxing the walls of blood vessels in people with elevated blood pressure levels. Hence, it comes highly recommended for people with high blood pressure/hypertension.ref
  • Consumption of the fruit helps excrete excess sodium in the urine, reduces the risk of degenerative diseases, reduces the risk of stroke and is beneficial for heart and kidney health.ref
  • The American Medical Association supported bananas as a healthy food for children in the early 20th century and was erroneously recommended as a treatment for celiac disease. Celiac disease was later discovered to be an autoimmune disease that gets triggered by gluten in genetically predisposed children. Since then, the idea that bananas can treat celiac disease has been jettisoned. That does not take anything away from bananas as an awesome food for children though. ref
  • Bananas can help replenish electrolytes such as potassium that are lost with diarrhea or vomiting and contain resistant starch that supports healing of the intestine.
  • They help you feel more full which leads to weight loss and it reduces inflammation and prevents type 2 diabetes.
  • Banana fixes digestion and treats gastrointestinal issues such as constipation, stomach ulcers, heartburn, acid reflux and low lactose intolerance. The fiber content of bananas increases proper bowel movements which makes it valuable in the diet of people suffering from constipation. If there is a stomach ulcer, bananas help neutralize the excess acidity of gastric juice produced in the stomach, which reduces the effect of the ulcer.
  • There is evidence that the source of probiotics in bananas may help make cold and flu less severe. In addition, eating bananas can lower body temperature and give you coolness during fever or summer days.
  • Iron present in bananas helps in the absorption of iron, protects our body from the cell and strengthens the blood from tissue damage, and relieves anemia.
  • Bananas help relieve depression due to high levels of tryptophan. This serotonin "happy mood brain neurotransmitter" supports brain health by producing a hormone that affects our sleep cycle, mood, and experiences of stress and pain.
  • Banana is good for stress control. The potassium content in bananas helps normalize the heartbeat and regulates the body's water balance, which in turn controls stress.
  • The fruit comes highly recommended for women. Vitamin B6 is good for pregnant women and lactating mothers, and it helps to meet their child's developmental needs. It also helps the body to produce red blood cells, metabolize amino acids, and maintain a healthy nervous system. Bananas contain a fair amount of protein and folate which prevents the distortion of the fetus's nervous system. The fruit has also been reported to be of help in the mitigation of menstrual cramps.

A quick DIY Banana Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 3 very ripe bananas
  • 3 cups pure mango
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin seeds
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • Any sweetener of your choice

Preparation: Place bananas, pure mangoes, pumpkin seeds, sweetener, ice cubes and water in a blender; blend until smooth. Serve cold and enjoy with friends and family members.

Thank you all for reading.

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About 3 years ago we had a banana tree in our house, it took between 6 and 12 months to bear fruit. Having some crop at home is something that has become common in Venezuela due to the crisis. But they are also very common here, I don't know what is the difference in English language, but there are sweet bananas that you eat like a fruit (we call them "cambur") and there is another kind that are good for frying (we call them "platanos").

It is good to have home gardens where you can grow some staples. I think the situation is the same here. We have the sweet banana you can just eat and the ones we fry primarily. Thanks for coming around.

I grow up eating a lot of it hence it is abundant. There are a lot of types of banana that we usually consume here in Southeast Asia. Bananas are recommended for people who have low potassium.

It comes highly handy when potassium defiency is in question, including the peels.

I don't eat bananas, ever. People give a wired look if I tell this. I can't tolerate the smell.
Only during my pregnancy, I had for the sake of the baby.
Good to know all the info, will try someday but not today...hahaha

Perhaps you should try the green ones or the half ripe ones. Could be smell of the ripeness that is affecting you. Thanks for the support.

I really like bananas.
Because it is very good for our health.
Banana fruit has a very large nutritional value.
Thank you for sharing.

Banana is one of my favorites, many benefits and good for men 🤭😄

Great appreciation for your work..👍

Thank you. Good for men in terms of? :)

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I grew up in Europe, in communism. Here it was a generalized lack of food. Although the country was rich, the dictator was exporting everything and not importing nothing back (he needed $ for his crazy dreams). As a child, for me bananas was associated with Christmas, when my parents managed to buy few of them from the black market. I loved them back then, and I love them now :-)

Just imagine! Such an unpleasant experience. Banana is everywhere here and during their season, you can a lot for cheap. I hope things are better now?

Very good if we make juice, or some kind of banana sponge food

Banana sponge food. I will google that.

Tampoco me gustaba, pero ahora me encantan!🍌
Te recomiendo que pruebes un batido que es de platano con espinacas

I didn't like them either, but now I love them!🍌
I recommend you try a smoothie that is banana with spinach

Thanks. I will try that.

Wonderful article about bananas! I will share with my daughter who believes in the nutritional value of bananas. This will be very interesting to her.

Thank you @gentleshaid!

Please do. Thanks for reading through

And monkey peel it from the end opposite to what most people do.
They are right.😎

Wait, monkeys are right and humans are wrong? Lol

heheh just for fun you can google for: you have been eating bananas wrong.
One of the result that comes out is this:

I peel my banana the right way though

You the man.

both are correct..

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banana is a common food in southeast Asia, in Indonesia, the most popular one is pisang burung , i dunno wht it's name in other languages.

Actually there's a new saying in my place that, its now 2 bananas a day that keeps the doctor away rather than an apple a day. :))