I'm Going Bananas!

Because bananas contain three natural sugars combined with fiber, they give instant and sustained boosts of energy. Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. But energy isn't the banana's only fitness benefit. It can also help overcome or prevent many illnesses and conditions. Among them, I have read, are these:

Depression: According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND of people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. 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.

: The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.

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

Blood Pressure
: Bananas are extremely high in potassium & low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure. 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.

Brain Power: 200 students at a Twickenham school ( England ) were helped through their exams by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch to boost their brain power. Research shows that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.

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

: 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 have found this reduces swelling and irritation.

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

Overweight: Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and chips. In 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.

: The banana is effective 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 help people trying to give up smoking. Their B6, B12, potassium and magnesium help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.

: 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 re balanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.

: 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%!

: 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!

Compared to an apple, a banana 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.
Maybe it's time for ALL of us to "Go Bananas!"
My husband and I share one most mornings. He eats his cut up on cereal.
I cut my half long-ways and spread each half with a little peanut butter.


  1. Dear friend, I grew up in a country where the banana trees grew in my backyard ;)

    Yes, I agree with you there, they are a wonderful source of natural sugar.

    Thanks for sharing,

    lady m

  2. Wow, I think I will go bananas with you my friend, lol

  3. Wow, thank you for the fountain of information regarding bananas. I knew, as a fruit, they were good for you, but I didn't realize how goo. Eating a banana cut lengthwise with a bit of peanut butter sounds like a tasty, fulfilling snack.

    I will be buying bananas and "going bananas" with my family.

    Thank you for sharing.

    Mrs. Teapot

  4. By the way, have you tried organic almond butter? Almond butter has less saturated fat than peanut butter and more fiber, calcium iron, vitamin E and magnesium. It makes a great alternative, if you like almonds.

    Mrs. Teapot