Banana is believed to be the first fruit that appeared on earth. The earliest known writing about this fruit can be found on ancient Sanskrit that dates back 500BC. When Alexander the Great invaded India, he discovered this fruit and introduced it to the Western world.
Bananas are a perennial herbaceous plants growing from rhizomes. They grow well in the low-lying farmlands of the tropics. It is cultivated in more than 150 countries making banana the most popular fruit in the world.
Although high in calorie (90 calories per 100grms), banana is a powerhouse of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, with zero cholesterol, sodium and fat. It holds a substantial amount of soluble dietary fibers fiber to help keep a regular bowel movement. To protect you against free radicals and premature aging, this fruit will provide your needed supply of health promoting flavonoids antioxidants like lutein, alpha and beta carotene including zea-xanthin. You can also get a good dose of vitamin C to help develop your body resistance against infections; vitamin B6 to reduce homocysteine level in the body and to treat neuritis and anemia. Banana is packed with minerals such as potassium, a component of cell and body fluid to control heart rate and maintain the right blood pressure; copper that helps in the production of red blood cells; magnesium to strengthen the bone; and manganese to develop bones, metabolic process and reproduction function.
There are three natural sugars in bananas, sucrose, fructose and glucose, this is why eating one will give an instant and sustained boost of energy. Taking just two bananas will keep you energized to keep up with a very strenuous 1 hour workout.
Making this super fruit a part of your daily diet will keep you healthy enough to overcome various negative health conditions.
If you are depressed, eat a banana to make you feel happy or at least improve your mood. It has a certain protein called tryptophan that our body convert into serotonin, a “feel good” substance. Having difficulty with your bowel movement? Eat banana regularly to help you overcome the problem. It’s a natural laxative. Having too much to drink? No problem, make yourself a honey sweetened banana milk shake and say goodbye to your hangover. Suffering from PMS?... Eat a banana! The vitamin B6 from this fruit will regulate your blood sugar level to improve you mood.
Banana is very safe to eat especially for children. Even safe for pregnant and nursing women as long as taken moderately. Persons known to have latex allergy are to avoid banana.
Here’s a banana fun fact. Ugandans consumes an average of 500 pounds of banana per person, per year. Awesome!
Which do you think is a better snack? Banana or Apple?
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