Anyone ever wonder where that expression comes from?
My friend Jess recently sent me an email that her dad forwarded her, all about bananas! I absolutely love bananas, and have been on a banana recipe making streak lately, so I figured I’d share some of these tidbits with you all. Quick note, since this info was just sent to me an email I can’t source any of it (or the pictures).
Keep that in mind as you read on:
PASS THE BANANA!
A professor at CCNY for a physiological psych class told his class about bananas. He said the expression “going bananas” is actually from the effects of bananas on the brain.
Bananas contain three natural sugars – sucrose, fructose, and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives 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 us 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.
According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND among people suffering from depression, many felt better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body coverts to serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood, and generally make you feel happier.
Forget the pills! Eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it has regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.
High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.
This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure. So much so, 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.
200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school ( England ) 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.
High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.
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.
Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.
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.
…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.
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 make sure their baby is born with a cool temperature.
Seasonal Affective Disorder
Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer tryptophan.
Smoking & Tobacco Use
Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6, B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, 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 re-balanced 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%!
Those keen on natural alternatives swear that if you want to kill off a wart, take a piece of banana skin and place it on the wart, with the yellow side out. Carefully hold the skin in place with a plaster or surgical tape!
So a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When compared with 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 amount of other vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in potassium and one of the best valued foods around.
Maybe it’s time we change that well-known phrase to “A banana a day keeps the doctor away?”
What about you guys? Do you like bananas? Do you find they help with any of the above? Think you’ll try them for any of the above?
I personally love bananas and eat them all the time, but I’m intrigued by this whole wart thing. It’s gross, but I have a wart on the bottom of my left foot right now. I might try it out.
P.S. Bananas must be the reason monkeys are so happy all the time!