Banana’s are by far on of the most nutritional and healing fruits on the planet. They’re delicious, creamy, rich, and sweet and can be enjoyed by everyone from babies to the elderly. They’re also readily available and can be incorporated into so many recipes.
Bananas are packed with vitamins such as vitamins C, and B6, plus minerals like potassium, magnesium, copper, manganese, and biotin. Banana’s have a high water content, approximately 75%, so they’re an ideal electrolyte food. They contain about 100 – 120 calories each and have very little protein and almost no fat.
A medium banana has about 3.5 grams of fiber, 14 grams of sugar, and 25 gram of total carbs. Carbohydrates affect blood sugar and insulin levels. Slow releasing carbs are low on the glycemic index and can keep your blood sugars stable. According to the GI information, a fully ripe banana has a glycemic index of 51. Any food with a glycemic value under 55 is good. A green banana has a GI index of 42, and a banana with brown spots has a GI index of 48. So the GI index is reflective on how ripe the fruit is. Unripe bananas can cause constipation and other issues, so allow a few days for them to ripen.
Bananas provide fuel for our brains. Our brains cells need glucose to function optimally. Being that our brains cannot store glucose, we have to continually eat healthy foods that replenish this supply. The fiber in bananas slows the breakdown and release of its sugars, mostly from fructose, into our bloodstream. Because our body uses fruit sugars more gradually than refined sugar, a banana is a great way to get a steady stream of brain fuel. One banana will supply you with 25% of your daily dose of fiber, this includes a good mix of soluble and insoluble fibers, which is beneficial for good digestion.
The potassium in bananas is essential for cardiovascular health. A medium sized banana contains a mega dose of 400 mg plus of potassium, so they can help maintain normal blood pressure and heart function. Bananas enhance brain function. The vitamin B6 has been known to improve cognitive function and memory.
Bananas also contain potent anti-fungal and antibiotic compounds as well as protease inhibitors which can help stop viruses in their tracks. This makes bananas extremely beneficial for chronic conditions like shingles, Parkinson’s, arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, lupus, MS, and Epstein-Barr.
Feeling grumpy? A large banana gives you 12 milligrams each of the amino acids tryptophan and tyrosine. Your body uses these amino acids to make the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine, which help regulate your mood. They also promote a better sleep and regulate the sleep-wake cycle.
Bananas are so versatile. You can eat them alone or make a scrumptious recipe with them. They’re dairy-free and hypo-allergenic. I like to put a few in my smoothies every morning. You can freeze them and make thick and rich ice creams or puddings, or bake them in loaves, cookies, or muffins. Bananas are an excellent healing and nourishing food that should be included in your daily diet.