Bananas are not new to the Indians. India is, in fact, the largest producer of bananas and produces around 11 million tonnes of bananas per year. Why Banana- A Super Food?

 

Interesting Facts About Banana
Interesting Facts About Banana

Some interesting facts about Bananas

  • Banana is not just a tree but the largest herb on Earth.
  • They are slightly radioactive that come with very small amount of isotope-40, that is found in all naturally occurring potassium.
  • Some bananas even taste like strawberries when cooked.
  • Plantains are a variety of banana with low sugar content than the common yellow bananas.

 

Why is Banana – A Super Food and How is it beneficial to our Health?

Banana considered as super food because of its high nutritional content and associated health benefits.

  • Banana are loaded with Potassium. As potassium is a critical nutrition for the health of the heart, nerves, bones, and kidney, Banana is very good to consume. It decreases the stone formation in kidneys and reduces the risk of osteoporosis by minimizing the loss of calcium.
  • An excellent source of fiber thus making Banana a Super Food.
  • It provides nourishment to blood because bananas contain vitamin B6 needed for the making of hemoglobin. Vitamin B6 is also important for the body for a good immune system.
  • Bananas are fat-free and a medium banana is 110 calories.
  • Bananas contain Vitamin C, that protects the body from oxidative stress.
  • If you are suffering from stomach ulcers, then banana is the best food as it protects the stomach from ulcers. They create a mucus that acts as a barrier in the stomach to protect the stomach walls against acids. They also help in eliminating the bacteria that causes ulcers.
  • Bananas provide loads of energy to our body.
  • There is an amino acid, tryptophan that helps in boosting the serotonin production responsible for a good sleep and a good mood. This amino acid is present in bananas.

Do You Know?

Recently, Banana skin is consumed by many people. Yes, the banana skin is edible! It contains many nutritional components. It aids in weight loss and boosting the mood. Though these are not part of the western meals, they are being used in many parts of the world. Especially, in India, the banana peel is used to add flavor to the food.

It is true that the skin is bitter than the sweet flesh. But this can be rectified by boiling, baking or frying the banana peel. If the fruit is ripe, the peel is sweet. The peel has extra fiber, magnesium, potassium, vitamin C and B6.

You can add the peels to chutneys, curries and smoothies. Why not try it out?

Comment your views about Banana as a Super Food. Have you tried Banana Peel in your recipe? If yes, then share some details.

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28 Comments on Banana- A Super Food & It’s Health Benefits

  1. I wonder why I don’t love bananas as much as I should. Even though I use bananas for stomach aches too and it works. Never knew it’s good for ulcers so that’s such a tip.

  2. Banana is one of the fruits i love the most and cannot go a week without having it and it’s great to read about it’s medicinal values here.

  3. I had no idea bananas were so beneficial to ones health! I loved them already but now they just sound amazing’! Thanks for sharing this informative post.

  4. I love eating bananas not just as a fruit but also the flavour in cakes and smoothies!!! So good they have all these great benefits!

  5. We never run out of bananas at home. You can incorporate bananas into every meal and the nutrition you can get is super.

  6. When I was younger I never thought that banana is a super food. From where I came from, we just thought that banana is essential, and we never get tried of it 😀
    No wonder we can’t live without having a banana at home 😀 And its cheap!

  7. I love eating a banana for my breakfast. It basically completes my breakfast. I didn’t know we can eat the banana peel also that’s really interesting.

  8. People often only think of bananas as a good source of potassium, but they have so many more nutrients too. Very informative and a post that we should keep in mind.

  9. My trainer and before, my ballet teacher, always recommended me to eat bananas because of all their properties and energy power. I must start eating more bananas now, since I lost that very good habit I use to have

  10. Banana is no doubt a superfood. It’s tasty, filling and gives you so many health benefits – one of which is increased energy. Makes a great snacking option. 🙂

  11. Oh yes!!! A big yes to bananas! this family loves bananas, even my little kid loves them. I need to eat banana more now that I’m boxing regularly.

  12. I’m that person who never gains weight then one of my friends suggested me to have a banana shake every morning for a month you will see the results and that actually worked I gained 2kg in a week only.

  13. First thing is that I had no idea that Banana is not just a tree but the largest herb on Earth. Hmmm. Also loved the fact that it has so many health benefits! Good that all of us love them! Do watch Banana republic to understand how it shaped countries!!!!

  14. I can’t eat bananas by themselves, the texture or something gets to me, but lately, I’ve been drinking a drink that has banana in it and it’s delicious!

  15. Bananas not only taste good but they are good for you. They are very nutritious and provide tons of potassium our bodies need. I hadn’t thought of them as a superfood but now I do. I always add one in my protein smoothie for breakfast.

  16. I LOVE banana. I find if I eat them daily it helps cut down the frequency of muscle cramps in my calves!

    Jackie (Organised Mum Life)

  17. I love bananas. They are so yummy – even in breads and smoothies. I feel like they can sweeten up so many things. And they can do it naturally, too. Yum!

  18. This is actually a really good post. I have learnt so much about bananas that I didn’t know before, other than the fact that I love them and will eat them every day.

  19. Oh I did not know that the peels were edible! I will have to try that. If it would have added health benefits, then why not? Thanks for the information.

  20. This just reminds me I need to increase the banana in my diet. I forgot it has so many different health benefits. Always good to increase the potassium and fiber.

  21. I am enjoying these posts about superfoods I have definitely learned some new information. I adore a banana so I am glad it does wonders for my body!

  22. Banana is my favorite fruit since forever and I knew of many benefits it came with, but i never knew so many other things about it, especially the fact that it’s peel is also so beneficial and edible.

  23. I never knew that you could even eat banana peels . . . how interesting! Also bananas are an herb? My whole life is a lie! Haha

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