Health Benefits of Banana – The Appealing Fruit
Bananas grow all year-round in India, and Indians consume a whopping 30 tons of the produce annually. The health benefits of banana include weight loss, reducing obesity, curing intestinal disorders, relieving constipation, and curing conditions like dysentery, anaemia, tuberculosis, arthritis, gout, kidney and urinary disorders. These health benefits of bananas are attributed to its rich vitamin, mineral, and phytochemical content. read on to know more about the health benefits of benefits!
Bananas are the nation’s 7th largest crop and 26 out of 29 Indian states grow bananas. Banana is not only popular in India but also worldwide. You will be amazed to know that global banana exports reached about 18 million tons in 2015 and about half of them catered to the United States and the European market.
Bananas are good for reducing blood pressure, protecting heart health, boosting metabolism and immunity, reducing the severity of ulcers, ensuring healthy eyes, building strong bones, and detoxifying the body. It can also help with menstrual problems.
Did You Know?
– There are about 1,000 different types of banana plants
– The so-called “banana tree” is not a tree; in fact, it is the world’s largest herb
– Sportsmen eat bananas during the breaks in between games for an extra surge of energy
Bananas are one of the healthiest options for fruit consumption for many years due to their impressive nutritional content. It includes vitamins like vitamin C, B complex vitamins as well as trace amounts of other vitamins. In terms of minerals, banana delivers a significant amount of potassium, manganese, magnesium, and copper.
Health benefits of banana
Bananas are a rich source of carbohydrates and hence have the ability to provide instant energy. They are also a good source of dietary fibre and protein. Furthermore, bananas contain the amino acid tryptophan, which gets converted to form 5-HTP (hydroxytryptophan) in the brain. This, in turn, forms melatonin, a hormone that regulates the sleep and wakefulness cycle of your body.
Given below are a few health benefits of bananas.
The compounds inside bananas are anti-inflammatory in nature, meaning that they can reduce swelling, inflammation, and irritation from conditions like arthritis and gout. These conditions are very common in older people and individuals having an unhealthy diet.
Prevents kidney disorders
Potassium, in bananas, helps regulate the fluid balance in the body and can ease the strain on the kidneys by encouraging urination. This prevents toxin accumulation in the body and their accelerated release through increased frequency and volume of urination.
Furthermore, there are antioxidant compounds (such as gallocatechin) in bananas that positively impact kidney function while also stimulating the proper functioning of the kidneys.
Aids in weight gain
When consumed with milk, bananas help to increase a person’s weight rapidly. Milk provides the necessary proteins and bananas provide the sugars. Furthermore, since one can easily digest bananas, an underweight person can easily consume 5-6 bananas in a day apart from the regular meals without facing indigestion. This leads to an additional 500-600 calories, which is quite necessary for weight gain.
Bananas contain a lot of fibre and are therefore easy to digest. Furthermore, they do not contain any fats. Therefore, they are good for weight loss. The roughage slows down the feeling of hunger by inhibiting the release of the hunger hormone, ghrelin. Roughage is the fibrous indigestible material in vegetable foodstuffs which aids the passage of food and waste products through the gut.
Both pectin and resistant starch present in bananas are known to promote satiety after meals preventing overeating. Bananas, therefore, reduce overeating, keeping the person healthy.
Improves Digestive Health
Bananas contain significant amounts of dietary fibre and therefore help in regularizing bowel movements. Fibre is able to bulk up the stool and stimulate the body’s peristaltic motion. Thus, facilitating bowel movements through the intestinal tract. This can help reduce unhealthy digestive conditions, as well as colorectal cancer!
Piles are characterized by having a difficulty in passing stools that may lead to bleeding. Bananas have anti-inflammatory properties, which help treat piles by reducing the inflammation and associated pain that often leads to itching and consequent worsening of the condition.
How to include bananas in your diet?
Banana is a delicious fruit, and there are many ways in which you can consume it-
- Mix it with other fruits and consume as a fruit salad.
- Sprinkle a little black salt on bananas to make them taste delicious.
- You can also make a banana smoothie by blending it with low-fat yoghurt.
- Another way to eat a banana is to either cut it into slices or mash it and add in your sandwich.
Banana flowers also called banana buds and you can use their extracts (alcohol based) to ward off infections. You can also use banana leaves for serving food. Now you know what makes banana so appealing, and why most of the people worldwide are going bananas over the bananas. Hope you find this article useful. Share your views in the comments box below.
Disclaimer – The amino acids in bananas can dilate the blood vessels, and this can cause headaches. Also, since they contain tryptophan, eating too many of them can cause sleepiness. Excess banana intake might increase blood sugar levels. Though the fruit has fibre to counter this effect, people with high blood sugar must eat it in moderation.
100g of Banana provides 89 Calories, Carbs – 23g (Dietary Fibre – 2.6g, Sugar – 12g), Protein – 1.1g, Fat – 0.3g (saturated fat – 0.1g), Sodium – 1mg, Potassium – 358 mg
And a percentage daily value of Vitamin A – 1%, Vitamin C – 14%, Iron – 1%, Calcium – 0% (based on a 2000 Calorie diet).