5 Health Benefits of Bananas
5 Health Benefits of Bananas. From “The Miraculous Power of Fruits and Vegetables” by Robert C Hoffman
Bananas are a great example of a fruit that doesn’t get all that much press. After all, this is not some exotic superfood, but rather a simple piece of fruit that can be found in the aisle at most groceries.
But you shouldn’t let that fool you! Bananas are still incredibly healthy fruits that have a ton of advantages. Here are just five great reasons to eat them!
1 They Can Boost Your Mood and Energy
Bananas are loved by athletes and can similarly be useful for the rest of us who sometimes find that life gets a bit too much. That’s because bananas are rich in B vitamins, which help us to get energy from carbs. Bananas themselves are also a great fuel source, being a relatively low-calorie source of carbohydrates.
2 They Prevent Cramps
Bananas are rich in potassium. This is an electrolyte that helps to maintain the balance and charge within the body. The result is that they reduce cramping, another reason they are loved by athletes in particular!
3 They Support a Healthy Gut
Bananas are excellent for supporting a healthy gut flora. This, in turn, can boost immunity, energy, mood, digestion, and much more.
Bananas are what we consider “prebiotic,” meaning that they help to “prepare” the stomach to make it habitable by the best beneficial microbes. The high fiber content also helps with this, as fiber is a great food source for bacteria.
4 They’re Great for Digestion
Bananas are also great for your digestion. This is partly thanks to the fiber content which helps to clear the digestive system, and partly thanks to the way it supports the gut flora (which in turn helps to break down foods and produce enzymes). Moreover, bananas are also alkaline, which means that they can neutralize the negative effects of stomach acid and heartburn.
5 They Are Extremely Easy to Eat
Bananas are fantastic diet foods because they’re so easy to grab. This means that they can be used as an alternative to less healthy snacks, which in turn makes them ideal for dieting and weight loss. It also means that you can get at least one of your five a day extremely easily, and it means that you can enjoy all these many health benefits whether you’re on the go, or whether you’re just waiting for the kettle to boil at home.