The Magic of Real Food …..Series…..”Bananas”

Today’s food is “Bananas”

Over the next few days I will be looking at a range of healthy foods, the nutrition they offer, and how they affect our bodies in positive ways.

As most of you are now well aware I am against supplements/powders/pills and potions, especially those still on the market full of chemicals and bad substances that have been banned in other countries. My aim is to get people away from the charlatans and non-natural food products that are pushed and promoted as healthy whilst actually being bad for us, lining the pockets of the sellers whom have no regard for our health. (source: http://www.natmedtalk.com/f31/5642-bananas-nutritional-benefits-facts.html)

Banana Facts

The unique smell of a banana is caused by amyl acetate.
Bananas also have a calming effect; this is because they contain an amino acid called tryptophan. This is converted to serotonin and causes a calming effect because it is a brain inhibiting neurotransmitter.

As well as being an internal lubricant, green bananas are used in the treatment of hemorrhoids and diarrhea.
In fact, an amazing diarrhea remedy that really works well is to mash a banana with a couple tablespoons of carob and eat! Soon the diarrhea will be gone.
More than just a tasty fruit, the skin of a banana contains esterified fatty acids, which can be used as a skin lotion. Natives rub banana peels on their skin problems; which is supported by modern research, which says that banana peels used on red, scaly patches of psoriasis will provide a natural relief. Exorex lotion is a patented lotion created from the isolation of the esterified fatty acids and is sold commercially.

Vitamin B6, which is good for carpel tunnel suffers and vitamins A and B, as well as dietary fiber, magnesium, iron, calcium are in bananas. They are also rich with niacin, riboflavin and potassium. Bananas have a high-energy value, which makes them ideal for people on the go, and have also been used to help replenish potassium that is lost during bouts of vomiting and diarrhea.

There are small amounts of pectin contained in bananas. This is a food fiber that prevents the absorption of fat, which may help in lowering cholesterol levels; however pectin should not be consumed at the same time as foods that contain essential fatty acids that the body needs, such as fish. Bananas also have a small amount of hemicellulose which is an indigestible fiber and they are also low in sodium.

Only Eat Ripe Bananas

Make sure your bananas are fully ripe when you eat them. Apart from being unpleasant to eat, green bananas can also be quite harmful. Green bananas nutrition contains proteins that limit the digestion of complex carbohydrates; this is because they inhibit the amylase enzyme.

There is a way to prolong the life of a ripe banana. By putting them in the fridge it will slow the ripening of the fruit by slowing the enzyme actions. This will darken the skin by releasing polyphenoloxide. This means that the skin may go brown but the fruit on the inside will still be great for eating.

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