5 reasons why we should all be going bananas for bananas

Whether eaten raw or mixed into a healthy smoothie, these potent fruits ought to be your go-to healthy snack, says Liz Connor

They say an apple a day keeps the doctor at bay, but whoever coined this pithy phrase had clearly never encountered a banana. They’re one of the most widely consumed fruits – more than 100 billion are eaten every year worldwide – yet few of us know about the incredible health benefits that are loaded in each bunch.

Packed with antioxidants and disease-fighting vitamins, they are Mother Nature’s greatest snack foods and since they come packed in their own wrapper, they’re easy to grab on-the-go without having to compromise on buying extra pesky plastic.

The best thing about these tubular fruits? They’re available to buy all year round and they make a great pick-me-up during the winter months when many berries and fruits are out of season.
Here, we’ve found a handful of amazing health benefits of the humble fruit.

1. They can help with digestion

Struggling with a bloated belly and stomach pains after a hearty meal? 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. In Ayurveda, the balance between sweet and sour tastes in the fleshy fruit is said to bring about a sense of heaviness, while also stimulating the important flow of  digestive juices. They’re also a brilliant hangover cure, as they help to restore normal bowel function after a night of sugary, alcoholic drinks, as well as important electrolytes and potassium.

2. They’re an instant energy boost

Forget sugary sports drinks and caffeine-filled coffees: bananas are secretly the healthiest way to get an energy hit first thing on a gloomy Monday morning. That’s because 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 delicious post-workout pick-me-up…..
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Source: Belfast Telegraph
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