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Banana Will Never Look The Same

Discussion in 'Indian Diet & Nutrition' started by sunkan, Jun 27, 2007.

  1. sunkan

    sunkan Gold IL'ite

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    A useful piece of information..


    Never, put banana in the refrigerator!!!
    This is interesting.
    After reading this, you'll never look at a banana in the same way again.


    Bananas contain three natural sugars - sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy.

    Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world's leading athletes.

    But energy isn't the only way a banana can help us keep fit.

    It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.


    Depression: According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.

    PMS: Forget the pills - eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.


    Anemia: High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.

    Blood Pressure:
    This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit's ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.
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    Brain Power: 200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.

    Constipation: High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.

    Hangovers: One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.

    Heartburn: Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.


    Morning Sickness: Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.

    Mosquito bites: Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.

    Nerves: Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.


    Overweight and at work? Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and crisps. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.
    Ulcers:
    The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.

    Temperature control: Many other cultures see bananas as a "cooling" fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand , for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.

    Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer tryptophan.

    Smoking & Tobacco Use: Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6, B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.

    Stress: Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body's water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.

    Strokes: According to research in "The New England Journal of Medicine, 'eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%!

    Warts: Those keen on natural alternatives swear that if you want to kill off a wart, take a piece of banana skin and place it on the wart, with the yellow side out. Carefully hold the skin in place with a plaster or surgical tape!


    So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrate, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around so maybe its time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, "A banana a day keeps the doctor away!"

    PS: Bananas must be the reason monkeys are so happy all the time! I will add one here; want a quick shine on our shoes?? Take the INSIDE of the banana skin, and rub directly on the shoe...polish with dry cloth. Amazing fruit.
     
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  2. lathanarasimhan

    lathanarasimhan New IL'ite

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    Hi sunkan

    You are back! How is your health now.

    So the new quote is "A banana a day keeps the doctor away"

    Regards latha.:)
     
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  3. abhatv

    abhatv Senior IL'ite

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    Hai Sunkan,

    Very Glad To See You Back. How are you? I missed your posts.

    Regards,

    Abha.
     
  4. slp807

    slp807 Bronze IL'ite

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    Hi sundari,

    welcome back!!! hru doing?

    a wondeful article on BANANA, got to know about it a lot.

    Thankyou so much

    cheers
    sreelatha
     
  5. srinivasan_vanaja

    srinivasan_vanaja Gold IL'ite

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    hi sunkan,

    amazing post about banana. my most favorite fruit is banana. reading your post i really wonder at its medicinal power. i am happy my favorite fruit is a healthy fruit.

    regards,

    Vanaja
     
  6. madhu11

    madhu11 Bronze IL'ite

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    I like a banana too. I am glad now "a banana a day keeps a doctor away".

    Madhu
     
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  7. Kamla

    Kamla IL Hall of Fame

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    So Sunkan,

    Now I know the secret of your quick recovery and energised postings...it was the Banana! :)

    L, Kamla
     
  8. sowminivibu

    sowminivibu Silver IL'ite

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    hi sundari

    good tht ur back..so howz ur health now...great article on banana....i also try to include it in my diet everyday...:-D

    lov
    sowmi
     
  9. vinoran

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    Dear Khun. Sunkan (Khun is a Thai word to say Mr/Mrs/Ms)

    Glad to see your posting again.

    Thank you for the elaborate information about Banana.

    so it is a "SMALL WONDER - FRUIT"

    Best regards
    vinoran
    (Please reply my query about the Palm reading for men)
     
  10. sathya

    sathya Gold IL'ite

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    hello akka

    as it is i go bananas over bananas
    now you say there is a reason why
    and compare with monkeys...
    we share a common liking with them..?
    will a banana a day do?
    manjal manjala banana paarthaal
    manjal kaamalai varaathu
    kurangu manathu varum?

    nice to see you bouncing back ...!


    sathya
     

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