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YOU SAY BANANA
August 18, 2009, 3:54 pm
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If you do not have time to prepare a healthy breakfast in the morning, eat a banana! It is that simple. 5 reasons why bananas are super food:

1. Bananas are an excellent source of potassium and vitamin B6. One small banana supplies about 1/3 of the recommended daily allowance of Vitamin B-6. They are a good source of vitamin C, riboflavin, magnesium, biotin and carbohydrates. Banana is rich in iron that can be very helpful in cases of anemia.

2.Banana is also an energy booster. It also contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin. Serotonin is a hormone that is known to make you feel happy and improve your mood.

3.Banana is good for people who have high blood pressure because it is low in salt. It is also high in potassium, an element important in the regulation of blood pressure.

4. Banana is an effective treatment for diarrhea, and in a study involving infants with persistent diarrhea, green banana and pectin improved small intestinal permeability and reduced fluid loss. Bananas are well known amongst travelers to third world countries for their anti-diarrhea properties.

5. Bananas have also been found to help eliminate bacteria in the stomach that cause stomach ulcers. It also has a natural antacid and high fiber.

Carbohydrate counters fear not! There are about 35 grams of carbohydrate per large banana, but we’re talking about complex carbs, not factory made simple carbs joined with processed sugars. Everyone needs carbs, period, and everyone should have the type of carbs that come in quality fruits like bananas.

Let’s sum it up again:

– The banana is a good source of folate, Vitamin B6 & C & magnesium.
– The banana is naturally low in sodium & fat.
– The banana contains about 2 grams of fiber per serving.
– The Vitamin C content in bananas helps combat infection.
– The potassium content in bananas combat high blood pressure.
– This super food promotes good digestive health and has the capability to combat both diarrhea & constipation much like the power of bran.

And because of the nifty package provided by Mother Nature herself, the banana is perfect for on-the-go events, such as picnics, snack time away from home, and both school & work lunch boxes.

So, now you know all about that incredible fruit, freeze them for an hour and you have a nice cold afternoon summer snack, or bake a banana bread with walnuts and you have a great breakfast.

Cheers, MO

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