This Shit is Bananas (B-a-n-a-n-a-s)!

The Scoop About BANANAS....who knew???
After reading this, you'll NEVER look at a banana in the same way again!

Bananas, because they contain three natural sugars (sucrose, fructose and
glucose), combined with fiber, give you 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 you 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. Here is how
a banana can help you with:

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 seratonin,
which is known to make you relax, improve your mood, and generally make you feel

Forget the pills -- eat a banana. The vitamin B6 in a banana regulates blood
glucose levels, which affect your mood.

High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in your blood
and help in cases of anemia.

Blood Pressure:
This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt,
making it the perfect way to beat high 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 (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.

Because they are high in fiber, including bananas in your diet can help restore
normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to

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.

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 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..

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 chips. 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.

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

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

Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6 and B12 they
contain, as well as the 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
rebalanced 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%!

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 carbohydrates, 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 it's time to change that well-known phrase to:

"A banana a day keeps the doctor away!"



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