After I had posted fuelledbyoats post on freezing bananas, I started to think about how good bananas are. Actually, I thought that bananas really are a super food! I had always taught my patients that they need to eat bananas for the potassium. That it helped with heart health. I also told my diabetics to carry bananas with them for a source of quick calories in case they had an insulin reaction. It’s a lot easier to carry around with you than orange juice.
So I thought, if I think that bananas were a super food, did anyone else? And guess? Bananas are gaining a reputation as a super food!
Bananas: Four Reasons They are Gaining the Title of ‘Superfood’
1. One of the most well-known nutrients in bananas is potassium (though there are many foods rich in potassium even more so than a banana). Still, it is one of the best recognized sources of potassium, with 467 mg per banana and only 1 mg of sodium. Numerous studies have found potassium to reduce blood pressure, protect against the hardening of the arteries, prevent strokes, boost bone health, and boost overall heart health.
2. Bananas also have antacid effects, protecting the stomach from ulcers and their subsequent damage. They work by creating a thicker mucus barrier within the stomach to protect against acids. Also, they help eliminate bacteria in the stomach that could lead to ulcers.
3. They are loaded with energy and are a favorite among athletes. A sort of a “nature’s energy bar,” they can deliver the energy needed after a long workout while fighting muscle cramps in the process.
4. If bananas don’t offer enough benefits in the day time, they shine at night too. They contain high amounts of tryptophan, an amino acid that helps boost serotonin production which can lead to better moods and a better night sleep.
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