Bananas are top bananas

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You probably know by this time that we love bananas, right? They are inexpensive, easy to find and great to have as a snack, which means there is virtually no excuse to not have a few each week. Do you want to know why we’re calling them top bananas? Keep reading and you’ll find out why. 🙂

Banana contains important dietary minerals such as: potassium (important for optimum cellular function), magnesium (muscle function), and phosphorus (strong bones and teeth). When ripe they can be green, yellow, red, purple, or brown and basically all common varieties are good sources of these minerals.

Different colours of bananas

In terms of cooking, it can be used in many different recipes and be used to create the following dishes (not an exhaustive list): pie, cake, bread, ice cream, tart, and smoothie. To give you an idea of its flexibility and surprising taste try the following: slice a couple of bananas vertically in half, sprinkle some ground cinnamon and put them in the oven until they become golden. Who needs a better dessert? 🙂

Babies can also immensely benefit from the fruit due to its soft and gentle consistency – it’s probably one of the very first fruits introduced by healthy-conscious moms to their children. To maximise the time you’ll be able to consume them fresh (in other words, how to keep them naturally edible for longer), store them in room temperature out of any plastic bags. When you see them turning brown, cut them into slices and put in the freezer.

Athletes (even weekend ones) can also benefit from the nutrients found in a banana. A common belief though, that it helps to prevent leg cramps, is currently known to be untrue. On the other hand, bananas are an important source of carbohydrates and fructose, which are then consumed as energy by our body muscles during an exercise session.

Note, however, that consuming a considerable quantity of bananas immediately before exercising can cause stomach pain during the physical activity. Ideally, an average person should eat two to three bananas between 30 and 45 minutes before the activity starts.

This text is a translated and expanded version from the article originally published here.

Banana: Real Food of the day

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According to some historical sources, banana was one of the very first cultivated fruits in the agricultural history. Our ancestors strongly believed bananas had healing powers and also increased power, fertility, and overall prosperity.

In addition to what our ancestors believed in, here are five amazing facts about bananas:

Fact 1: Muscle function booster

Bananas are high in potassium – which is a crucial element for muscle function. They also work great for athletes – even weekend ones – because they come with their own, perfectly designed, packaging, ready to be taken anywhere you want to go.

Fact 2: High in vitamin B6

B6 is the vitamin responsible in the making of the chemicals used to transmit signals in and to the brain. It is also widely used by the human body to synthesise antibodies, which will fight various diseases and help to keep a person healthy for longer.

Fact 3: Natural anti-inflammatory

There are many conditions that cause inflammation or swelling to our bodies. Women can immensely benefit from the consumption of bananas to ease the symptoms of PMS. Bananas are also rich in potassium, which will help to prevent water retention and the overall bloated feeling.

Fact 4: Blood pressure regulator

Several studies have found that a daily consumption of bananas can aid to lower blood pressure. One of these studies claims that bananas, only by themselves, can help to reduce blood pressure by 10 per cent! Combine this with a healthy lifestyle for the best possible results.

Fact 5: Boost calcium absorption

Calcium is a vital element to our body functions and it needs to be properly absorbed before our bodies can use it. Around two per cent of an adult’s body is made up of calcium. Virtually every cell in our body will use calcium in some way – so increased calcium absorption is fantastic!

Nutrition table
Source - MyNetDiary APP
Source – MyNetDiary APP

Just keep in mind that if you are currently following a low carb diet, you should limit your daily banana consumption as it has a considerable amount of sugar. 😉

Now that you know all these things, what are you doing here? Go ahead and try some of our best banana recipes!

Sugar free Banana Ice Cream
Sugar free Banana Ice Cream
Low Carb Banana Bread
Low Carb Banana Bread