As the famous adage goes, “when your mother asks you whether you would like a piece of advice, it does not matter whether you nod to it or not, you are definitely going to get it.” Sometimes you just want to go bananas, the same way she made you feed on them when you were a child, but deep down you know she is right anyway! Can you remember your first food as a child when you were presumably old enough to start chewing on your own? It was either: pumpkin and banana; potato and banana; vegetables and banana; mashed banana or just something that had to have bananas included. Ever thought of it? What is so nutritious about this fruit that a mother will even spend so much money just to get the right type for you? The banana is the most widely consumed fruit and food in the United States says studies carried out by Food and Drug Administration. The curvy yellow fruit is high in nutritious contents especially potassium magnesium and vitamins C and B6. Going bananas is what must have helped you from constipation as a child if not the loose stool you probably had. So why should you keep having them in your diet? Is it best to keep eating the green or ripe bananas and just how many ripe ones are enough?
Studies show that bananas help in regulating your blood pressure which means that you can acquire potassium from the bananas that helps complement your low sodium diet in case you have hypertension. At the same time, bananas can help you reduce the risk of developing leukemia at a very young age in your life. This is because they have vitamin C that helps in combating free radicals that are the culprits of causing cancer according to national health and nutrition survey in the United States. The same study indicates that they help in blood sugar regulation. For anyone who is looking to avoid food high in sugar content, green bananas are the best especially for a person that has type 2 diabetes.
Treatment of diarrhoea is another benefit. Whenever a child or even adult has diarrhoea, green bananas are recommended to strengthen your body due to loss of potassium stores according to dietary guidelines in the United States and many other worldwide studies. Preservation of memory and boosting the mood is another important role of the bananas. When not all of us have the taste for all types of banana, the green ones tend to take longer to digest and have 40% starch and high fibre content than the ripe ones. The ripe ones are certainly lower in starch with only 8% composition and digest faster. They however, have high antioxidants according to food and Drug Administration board. So which is the best? Both! When you want to have high fiber in your diet or have type 2 diabetes you can incorporate the green bananas. When faced with low sugar levels or would like to feel energetic, try the ripe bananas that will endow you with anticancer antioxidative components. But just how many? Do not eat a whole bunch all by yourself because you risk muscle weakness especially if you take like 40 ripe bananas in one sitting. Eat a maximum of 2 bananas a day to avoid increased heart rate says the American heart association. So choose wise, consume bananas just like you never asked your mother whether or not to have them in your diet when you were a child. Keep Going Bananas!