Wednesday, August 1, 2012

13 Health Benefits of Banana's

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Bananas are such an amazing fruit, that taste great anytime, and are really one of the original 'fast food' snacks! But, do you know WHY banana's are SO awesome? Here are some amazing facts about the sometimes over looked, bright yellow, sweet Super food!

According to the Dole Website: Note - the Anti-Viral properties listed! Wow!

Fat Metabolism 

 Bananas contain resistant starch, which ferments in your large intestine, creating by-products (butyrates) that block conversion of some carbohydrates into fuel, forcing your body to rely on fat stores instead. 

Bananas might boost iron absorption in two ways. First, they contain vitamin C which helps "prep" the iron in plant sources for absorption. Second, they contain resistant starch which one Cornell study showed increases iron absorption by up 28%. 

  • Blood Pressure
  • Bananas are a good source of potassium which helps regulate blood pressure. One Indian study showed that just two bananas per day may lower blood pressure by 10%, possibly by providing potassium. 

  • Regularity
  • Bananas can help restore normal bowel action because they are a good source of fiber. Plus bananas' 75% water content helps prevent dehydration, which can also contribute to constipation. 

  • Hangovers
  • Eat bananas to possibly help overindulgence. Scientific evidence suggests hydration, vitamins B6 and C -- all supplied by bananas -- may make hangovers more bearable.

  • Sports Performance
  • Bananas are an athlete's staple because they supply both instant and lasting energy due to their combination of natural sugar and complex carbohydrates. Bananas' potassium may also help alleviate muscle cramps.

  • Colorectal Health
  • Bananas may cut colorectal cancer risk. A preliminary study published in Nutrition and Cancer found that those who consumed bananas three or more times per week had a lower risk of colorectal cancer compared to those who consumed them less than one time per week

SO, what are you waiting for?? Go eat those bananas and know you are doing something amazing for yourself!

~Peace and Love~

Comment below with your favorite and creative ways to include more banana's into your diet.

1 comment:

  1. Great Value, awesome presentation and I can feel your passion to make a difference. I like that very much!


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