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It's all bananas

Bananas often get diet criticism due to their high carbohydrate content, and their reputation has been misrepresented at every level.  Many people do not eat bananas because they're afraid of gaining weight, but the truth is that bananas actually aide in a diet in other ways than weight.

 Happy Fruit: Bananas are a mood-lifting fruit because they contain the amino acid L-tryptophan.  Tryptophan is converted into the relaxing chemical serotonin, which helps conditions such as seasonal affective disorder (SAD), depression, PMS, and insomnia.

Potassium: Bananas are high in potassium, which helps regulate potassium pumps in the heart and other nerve areas of the body.  The potassium also helps control stress levels by replacing the potassium that is depleted during stressful situations.

Stroke reduction: Studies have shown that banana-eaters cut their stroke risk by as much as 40%, according to the New England Journal of Medicine.

Brain Power: One study has shown that eating a banana for breakfast, mid-morning snack and lunch helps boost test scores in students by making them more alert. This may be due to potassium's ability to deliver oxygen to the brain.

The conclusion? Bananas are good and you should eat them.  One banana a day will not lead to weight gain.  It also may help weight loss after all due to their high-fiber content and their ability to maintain blood sugar levels.

Comments

  • susan slade Pasco County Food Examiner 5 years ago

    Len can't take the potassium. He ended up in hospital because his was so high.

  • Gayle 4 years ago

    Saying that you can take banana's to reduce your stress is misleading. Stress can cause chronic fatigue syndrome because your cortisonl levels are up. If you eat things high in potassium when you have this, you could have some serious medical issues!

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