A banana a day keeps the doctor away and does your body a bunch of good
Written by Lisa Hunter
THEY say an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but whoever coined that pithy phrase had clearly never encountered a banana.
Packed with antioxidants and disease-fighting vitamins, they are Mother Nature’s greatest snack foods, and as they come packed in their own wrapper, they’re easy to grab on-the-go.
They’re available year round, and make a great pick-me-up during the winter months when many berries and fruits are out of season.
Struggling with a bloated belly? Studies have shown that bananas can help.
Their high-fiber content helps to promote a harmonious gut function, easing the symptoms of bowel conditions like IBS.
They’re also a brilliant hangover cure, as they help to restore normal bowel function after a night of sugary, alcoholic drinks, and replenish important electrolytes and potassium.
And forget sugary sports drinks and caffeine-filled coffees, bananas are the healthiest way to get an energy hit first thing in the morning.
They contain three natural sugars — sucrose, fructose and glucose — giving you a fat and cholesterol-free source of fuel. Whizz them up in a shake for a morning treat or pack one in your sports bag for a post-workout pick-me-up.
Bananas keep your heart healthy too.
The flesh is loaded with potassium, which helps lower blood pressure. Studies have shown people who load up on the mineral have up to a 27% lower risk of heart disease. The average banana contains 425mg of potassium, about 11% of the recommended dietary allowance.
When you think of eye health, you probably think of carrots, but bananas are also packed with antioxidant compounds and carotenoids, and have a potent mix of minerals that can have positive effects on eye health…….
Source: Sunday Post
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