Let’s Go Bananas

Adopting bananas in our daily diet routine may stimulate various body functions. If they say eating one banana a day, keeps the ailments away- it will not be a wrong phrase at all! Let us know how these nutritious fruits can benefit us and prevent us from ailments with their regular consumption:

• Anemia: Many people suffer from the problem of anemia especially women. They get less time to take care of themselves and thus often suffer from the problem of lack of red blood cells. Bananas are high in iron that can significantly kindle the production of hemoglobin in human beings.

• Good for the neurological system: Bananas contain plant compounds such as dopamine that help in boosting the nervous system. Also, the presence of potassium is considered to be significant in boosting the thinking power of our brain. It helps us to stay more alert and attentive.

• Getting rid of Addictions: Some people are addicted to nicotine in small amounts by tea and coffee and large amount through smoking and drugs. If you know someone who is trying to get rid of this addiction, suggest them to eat bananas. The presence of vitamin B6 and B12 along with potassium and manganese aid in the withdrawal of nicotine related habits.

• Controlled blood pressure: Potassium which is abundantly present in bananas is known for controlling the high blood pressure. If you consume banana regularly, there will be a significant reduction in the unstable rise and dropping of blood pressure. In turn, you will realize that your mood swings also stabilized.

• Ulcers: The mucus that is produced with the eating of banana coats on the stomach lining and prevents it from getting in contact with the ulcer-causing acids. The infection gets prevented and resulting in thwarting the growth of ulcers in the stomach.

• Calming effects: Women who undergo a lot of hormonal changes in different phases of their life often get affected emotionally and physically due to hormonal imbalance. Eating bananas may control their hormonal stability thus creating calming effects on their moods and temperatures. This fruit which is abundantly rich in carbohydrates significantly reduces the seasonal disorders making a “feel good” mood for most of the time.

Some Details on the Nutritional Benefits of Bananas

Exceptionally soft, creamy and delicious banana fruits are a delightful treat for everyone. The nutritional value of bananas is compounded in the form of various nutrients that are a basic essence of its composition.

The best part about bananas is that its fruit can be harvested all round the year. So we do not have to wait for a season to eat this yummy fruit. Talking about the nutritional values, banana has a plethora of nutrition packed inside its soft creamy pulp. Let us discuss in detail about these nutrients:

This above data clearly signifies the distribution of various nutrients in the composition of an average banana.

Nutrient DRI/DV
vitamin B6 25%
manganese 16%
vitamin C 14%
potassium 12%
fiber 12%
copper 10%
biotin 10%
Source- http://www.whfoods.com

Now we will discuss these nutrients and their usefulness in humans.
Carbohydrates: Carbs or carbohydrates are known as starch present in bananas, mostly in the unripe ones. Green bananas are known to contain as much as 70% starch. This starch is very healthy for human digestive system and acts as soluble fibers.

The resistant starch is present in high amount in the unripe bananas that are greener in color. There are various sorts of fibers that are present in bananas to name a few are: pectin, butyrate etc. These are extremely beneficial for the digestive system of human beings. These fibers help in exerting the sugar content present in the food in such ways that it doesn’t cause any harmful effects.
Vitamins: The presence of vitamins and minerals in bananas such as potassium, vitamin B6, Vitamin C etc are useful for people with high blood pressure and skin deficiencies. Vitamin A is also present in banana which is very good for skin and eyes.

Dopamine: It acts as an antioxidant in the human body giving resistance to various ailments and infections.

Catechin: Reasoning to the reduced risk of cardiovascular problems, catechin is one of the active antioxidant flavonoids in bananas.

This information on the presence of various nutrients in bananas is based on the facts that are widely known. If you will research more, it will be found that how the bananas are beneficial for developing healthy neurological and other human body systems.

Eating Banana for Weight Loss

Are you worried over the increased weight on your body? If so, then you would want to undertake some serious dietary changes in your meals. Most of the nutritionists suggest that we should include maximum fruits in our diets to compensate for all sorts of nutrients needed by the human body. Although maximum people agree with the inclusion of fruits in the diet but they hesitate when it comes to banana.

It is a common thinking that bananas aid in weight gain and thus, should be avoided by those who are looking forward to lose some inches and numbers on weighing scale. However, this is not the truth!

Bananas contain high amount of fiber and essential vitamins and minerals that prevent us from various health problems. Some of these nutrients are: potassium, calcium, magnesium, copper, Vitamin A, B (various), C and fiber etc. The fat content in bananas is very low and the fructose that it contains is easily digestible and beneficial for human body.

Due to low fat content, the calorie content is also lower in bananas.

When we consume a banana, we provide ourselves with richness of the above mentioned nutrients as well as dietary fibers that are much needed to improve our digestion system.

Eating one banana at a time will make you feel more content and satisfied as compared to any other fruit. Thus if you are planning to cut on your cereals diet, relying on bananas is a healthy and safe option.

If you consume more of the greener bananas you can obtain more resistant starch in your body. This resistant starch acts like large amounts of soluble fibers in the body that aid weight loss in a significant way. Unlike the ripe bananas, they contain less amount of sugar and deliberate the sugar absorption process from the food that we consume. This process makes you feel fuller for longer durations and stabilizes the sugar in your body.

The above information will help you to understand that bananas are more useful in weight loss. You can comfortably include one banana in your daily diet just paying the attention that if you want to lose significant weight, the banana should be greener.

Bananas for Heart and Stomach

“Guess the fruit with the yellow jacket”- this riddle often amused me in childhood! On knowing the answer, we used to get excited to eat that fruit in the jacket. Little did we know the nutritional benefits of eating this amazing fruit which is still giving me protective measures against so many health related ailments!
I often meet people who suffer from many heart and stomach based diseases. I advise them to eat bananas on regular basis. This powerful fruit has properties that can alleviate and cure various heart and stomach related issues. Trying to throw some light on the usefulness of bananas in our daily diet, let us know more how can it help in creating a better heart and healthy stomach:

Bananas for the heart:
Most of the people suffer from high blood pressure problems due to age and stress. Bananas contain potassium in abundance which is known to lower the blood pressure. High blood pressure can be cause of dangerous ailments such as stroke and heart attack. There can be one more reason of heart attack i.e. sticking of plaque on the walls of artery that may lead to blockage of arteries. Banana prevents the deposition of plaque on the arteries. Thus, leading to the reduced risk of heart attacks!

Bananas for stomach:
The high amount of fibers which are present in banana helps in dissolving the sugar and other indigestible contents in the regular food that we eat. Bananas are natural antacid substances that give relief from stomach problems such as acidity and indigestion. It regulates the formation of harmful enzymes and acids in the stomach. Various infections that may lead to ulcers, diarrhea and food poisoning can be controlled with the eating of bananas every day. Bananas contain a chemical known as protease inhibitor that effectively kills the harmful bacteria in the stomach.

Bananas also stabilize the fluids in the body thus helping the conditions such as muscle contractions and stomach upset.

When nature provides ingredients that are better than over the counter medicines, why not go the healthy way and give ourselves a healthy treatment instead of relying on the chemically composed medicines!

Tasty Banana Recipes for Kids

Banana is considered one of the most wholesome foods for babies. For the babies who are fussy in eating, banana acts as a perfect solution for taste enhancer as well as dietary supplements. Most of the babies love bananas as it is easy to eat and digest. The soft and smooth pulp of banana can be easily swallowed even by 6 months old babies.

The nutritional value of banana is unprecedented. Being a very good source of vitamin B6, they are also rich in calcium, manganese, potassium, vitamin C, copper, biotin and dietary fiber. Having known the importance of such a power packed fruit now is the time we learn a few delicious recipes of banana that our kids can enjoy and slurp in minutes!

The Yummy Banana Custard!
Ingredients: 2 banana, ½ cup milk, nutmeg, 2 egg yolks
Put all the ingredients in a blender and let them churn to form a consistency. Take out the mixture into a suitable baking ware and let it be baked at 180 degree for 10-20 minutes depending on the consistency of the mixture. Test with a knife or toothpick, if it comes out clean, your yummilicious custard is ready to be served to the little ones!

The delicious Banana Cream Paste:
Ingredients: 2 ripe Bananas, ½ cup of fresh cream (preferable the homemade fresh cream from full fat milk), ½ tsp powdered sugar (you can use honey if your child prefers)

Simply mash the bananas in a bowl. Add the fresh cream and whisk a little more. When the consistency becomes like paste, add sugar and keep it in the fridge for about 10 minutes.

Kids would love to eat this super healthy and cool summer surprise!

The lip-smacking Banana Pudding:
Ingredients: 1 cup brown rice, 1 banana, ½ cup yogurt, ½ tsp vanilla, pinch of ginger.
Cook and prepare the rice in a suitable vessel (till they become soft).

Mash banana to form puree like consistency.

Pour the cooked rice, banana puree, yogurt, vanilla and ginger in a cooking pan and turn on the flame to medium. Stir it for 3-5 minutes.

Serve to children when cooled down!

Hair Masks of Banana

Our hair is very precious to us as they have an effective role in managing our personality and appearance. Shiny, bouncy and healthy hair reflects the internal health and happiness of the person. Due to various modern lifestyle and environmental issues, the hair gets damaged and we are unable to take proper care of them as the cosmetics are often quite expensive and cumbersome to use. In such a scenario, it is the best to have natural ingredients that can not only provide luster to our hair but also repair them from external and internal damage.

We know banana as a health boosting fruit rich in nutrients that is good for our body and growth. Little do many people know of its application benefits on hair! So we bring for you a few tried and tested hair masks and packs that will give you healthy, shiny hair in minimum price and best treatment.

#1- Use banana and almond hair mask for dry and damaged hair. Mash 1 banana and add 1 tsp almond oil to it. Make a smooth blend and apply on your hair. Let it dry for 20 minutes and wash off with mild shampoo.

#2- For soft and shiny hair- Take puree of 1 or 2 ripened banana- depending on the length of your hair- Add 1 tsp coconut oil and 1 or 2 tsp honey. Take ½ bowls of fresh curd and mix with the above contents. Apply this mask gently on the full length of your hair and rinse it off after 30 minutes with the help of some natural herbs based mild shampoo. You will realize that your hair have got the natural shine and bounce after drying. If you are not in a hurry, do not use any drier, let them dry naturally as the hot air in drier affects the innate bounce of hair.

#3- For damage repair: Take 1 ripened banana and 1 whole egg yolk. Mix them together and add 2 tsp virgin olive oil + 4 tsp raw milk + 2 tsp honey. Apply the mixture of these ingredients on your hair as a pack and let it dry for 25- 30 minutes. Wash off with shampoo and see the results. Your hair will look healthy and properly conditioned.

Bananas- Gain Healthy Skin and Hair

Bananas are undoubtedly the most nutritious fruits for our health. But did you ever realize that this soft and wholesome fruit can make our skin supple and glowing? YES, it is a fact that the presence of several nutrients in banana causes our skin to become clean and clear.

• Banana is a great skin hydrating agent: The presence of potassium in banana makes it able to retrieve the hydration of our skin cells. For people suffering with dry skin it is a great skin mask. Simply mash banana on the dry skin portion and let it dry for 15-20 minutes. Wash it off with cold water and see the effect of soft and hydrated skin in a few days on its regular application. When the skin stays hydrated, the cells start feeling younger. The application of banana also reduces the wear and tear of skin cells and helps in repairing the damage of these cells due to external environmental factors. Banana introduces anti ageing signs in your skin and makes you look youthful and energetic.

• If you have blemishes and dark spots on your skin, you can use the face mask of banana with honey. This mask is simple to make- add half a cup of ripened banana in 1 tsp honey and just apply on your face.

These subtle ingredients help in improving the texture of your skin and visibly reduce the blemishes and any kind of pigmentation on the skin. Using a pinch of turmeric in the above mask can lighten your skin tone and also help in giving relief from acne problem.

• For your hair- if you have damaged and dry hair, use bananas as an extremely healthy and cost effective hair conditioner. You can even make its pack and apply on your hair for better results:
Mash 1 banana and mix with ¼ cup of raw milk. Apply this mask on your hair and let it dry for at least 20-30 minutes. Then you can wash your hair with water and see the result. You will find that your hair has not only become soft and shiny, they have become bouncy and voluminous. Bananas are naturally good for hair and skin.