Profile: Banana

This week on the blog, we are going bananas!

Bananas are in season, and very cheap at the markets right now. I bought an abundance of them and over the next week I plan on giving you a banana recipe every day to give you some inspiration to fit these beautiful fruits into your diet. They are loaded with health benefits and delicious to eat. What more could you want? I think bananas are the unsung heroes of Super foods.

Frozen Banana Slices

What is it?

Banana is a fruit that has a thick waxy skin and soft flesh on the inside. In most varieties the skin changes from green to yellow to brown as it goes through the ripening stages. Yellow is when it is commonly eaten, but did you know that the darker the colour of your banana- the higher it is in antioxidant benefits?

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Banana plants are the largest plants on earth without a woody stem. They are actually giant herbs of the same family as lilies, orchids and palms. Banana plants can grow to heights up to 9 metres tall.

Why is it good for you?

There are so many reasons why bananas should be your next snack of choice.

1. They pack over 80 nutrients! Check out this nutritional profile for the list.

2. Known for their high potassium which contributes to cardiovascular health eating a banana can help manage cholesterol and blood pressure levels.

3. Feeling tired? More than potassium, bananas have a huge amount of Vitamin B6, which boosts energy levels and aids red blood cell production.

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4. Bananas contain enzymes that help to balance gut bacteria and increase overall digestive health.

5. Got reflux? Bananas are a powerful antacid. Providing relief from acid reflux, heartburn and GERD.

6. Banana peel has a variety of uses and benefits. Some include natural teeth whitening, wart removal or a leather conditioner.

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7. Feeling stressed? Eat a banana. They have natural chemical, tryptophan which helps the body to process serotonin which calms and stabilises your mood.

8. High in dietary fiber, bananas can regulate bowel movements in a gentle and natural way.

9. More healing powers: they can reduce swelling, protect against type II diabetes, aid weight loss, strengthen the nervous system, and help with the production of white blood cells, all due to high levels of vitamin B.

10. They taste amazing and are versatile to use! Put them in a smoothie, cake, or just eat by themselves.

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Colours and varieties

There are more than 500 varieties of banana plants in the world: The most common kinds are Dwarf Cavendish, Valery, and Williams Hybrid bananas. Other types of bananas include Apple and a small red banana called the Red Jamaica. A large type of banana called the plantain is hard and starchy and is mostly used as a vegetable in cooking.

 

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