Bananas are a pretty universally loved fruit. They are low cost and you can do so much with them! One famous dessert, Bananas Foster, even puts them in a starring role!
You probably already know that bananas are good for you and full of potassium, but what else are they good for besides making a super awesome split on a hit summer day? Why should you try to eat so many of them? What benefits do they have for children (my daughter could eat several a day if I let her!) and adults?
Let’s take a look at everyone’s favorite fruit!
10 Reasons to Eat Bananas
1. Bananas are high in vitamin B-6, which helps regulate blood sugar, aids in production of white blood cells and may even ward off type 2 diabetes!
2. Containing high levels of trytophan, they actually can help with warding off depression and the moodiness that goes along with PMS symptoms. Trytophan is converted into serotonin by your body. Serotonin is the naturally occurring chemical that leads to the happy feeling we get.
3. If you have a tummy ache, bananas can rescue you! They are high in pectin, which helps aid in digestion.
4. Every heard of the B.R.A.T. (Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, Toast) diet when you are ill? The reason bananas are part of that is because they help restore lost electrolytes from diarrhea and vomiting.
5. High levels of potassium found in bananas is nature’s energy drink. The potassium acts as a natural aid in staying alert. This makes them an excellent mid afternoon power snack!
6. If you are trying to detox from smoking or any other substance, even sugar, try eating bananas during the withdrawals. Containing lots of magnesium, bananas can aid your body in getting rid of harmful substances.
7. Rub the inside of a banana peel onto bug bites and it will get rid of the itching.
8. If you are pregnant and in the throws of morning sickness, try eating a banana for its help with nausea.
9. Bananas are natural helpers in relieving symptoms of GERD as well as ulcers and heartburn.
10. Try a banana before a workout to increase energy as well as aid in recovery from painful muscle aches.