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Hey guys, let's go bananas!

Hello sisters! This morning I have found a treasure in my inbox. This is a forwarded mail from an online friend and I'm sharing it with you!

And, oh, tropical sisters! We can take an extra smile on this because we practically thrive on bananas ...

BANANAS for LIFE

After reading this, you'll NEVER look at a banana in the same way again!

Bananas containing three natural sugars - sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber, a banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy. Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout.

No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world's leading athletes. But energy isn't the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.

Depression:
According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.

PMS:
Forget the pills -- eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.

Anemia:
High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.

Blood Pressure:
This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it the perfect way to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit's ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.

Brain Power:
200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.

Constipation:
High i n fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.

Hangovers:
One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.

Heartburn:
Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.

Morning Sickness:
Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.

Mosquito bites:
Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.

Nerves:
Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.

Overweight and at work?
Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and chips. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.

Ulcers:
The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.

Temperature control:
Many other cultures see bananas as a "cooling" fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand, for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD):
Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer tryptophan.

Smoking:
Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6, B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.

Stress:
Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body's water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.

Strokes:
According to research in "The New England Journal of Medicine," eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%!

So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrates, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around. So maybe its time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, "A banana a day keeps the doctor away!"

Comments

aimeeknight's picture

I love bananas!! Thank you

I love bananas!! Thank you Emie.

"One shoe can change a life" ~ Cinderella

Emie Zozobrado's picture

Cheers!

Hi Aimee! I am not fond of bananas because I feel I have eaten more bananas than any other fruit on this earth!!!! I practically lived on bananas growing up ... because out there in the mountains where I grew up, bananas abound and we just pluck the fruits along the way for free, or buy it from the flea markets or sidewalk vendors at very low prices! This piece made me realize I am soooooo lucky... because we have been exporting bananas due to its abundance and I didn't even realize we're so blessed in tropical countries for having something like a banana all our lives!!! This message was forwarded to me by an online friend, an Arab in the Middle East, someone I may not even have a chance to meet in my entire life!!! Amazing online technology!

Always,
Emie Zozobrado

Amei's picture

Can't say I am keen on Bananas

Bananas is one fruit I can eat. I grew up without much fruits so I am not a fruit eater. I should at least now put an effort to eat a banana per week... :-)

Good one, Emie

Cheers, Amei

Emie Zozobrado's picture

Cheers!

Yup! It's a good thing we are in the tropics so bananas are easy to have... my country is even exporting bananas to the West ... and we are importing apples from them! I know Maldives grow bananas, too ... if not much, your neighbor, India produce tons of bananas and is exporting the valuable fruit, too....

Always,
Emie Zozobrado

Amei's picture

Bananas :-)

Bananas that grow in Maldives are sweet and small... not enough for export and not enough even for the locals to enjoy...yes, plenty imported from neighbouring coutries :-)

With all your effort of telling how wonderful bananas are - I must admit my shopping during the weekend did not include any fruits... I have to remind my self

Hey Emie! what's happening with the super intense typhoon over Philipinnes. I heard about it and wondering about you. Hope you and others are safe.

Cheers, Amei

Emie Zozobrado's picture

Cheers!

Hi Amei! Thanks for taking time to care... I'm in the office despite the rains and the winds. Signal No. 1 is hoisted in Manila and only the kids are required to stay at home. The strongest hit is over 300 miles north of our location. There's not much water so there's no flooding, but the strong winds damaged structures and crops! Well, we are situated inside the ring of fire ... where natural calamities are part of our existence ... storms, typhoons, earthquakes, droughts, floods .... we've learned to live with them!

Always,
Emie Zozobrado

Adelma A.Linatoc's picture

Hay!Banana,banana . . .

Dear Emie,

You're right and I salute you for that. Don't you know guys that banana prevents pimple in coming-out? You see the reason why monkeys don't have pimples?! ! !and really eating bananas as much as you can doesn't cause overdose.But now,bananas are quite expensive, although, it's the fruit of all season.

Emie Zozobrado's picture

Yup!

Really ... bananas are becoming scarce because we are exporting them. And some of our banana plantations have already been converted to subdivisions and industrial or commercial estates! The price of progress. It's the law of supply and demand!

Always,
Emie Zozobrado

Farona's picture

I simply love bananas ! my

I simply love bananas ! my sisters used to call me 'monkey' !!!! :S It's good to know that banana beats depression, although I didn't know that factually but I always ate banana when I felt sad or anxious (LOL)
I don't know why, but if you say banana is your fav fruit, people react strangely. Saying you like mango or strawberry is more socially acceptable :S
But I am glad I like banana ! the nutritional benefits are numerous.

Emie Zozobrado's picture

Cheers!

Hi sister! Of course, right here where we have bananas everywhere, I don't think I could make it my favorite fruit! We always want something that is hard to get ... hmmmmm, expensive ones like apples, pears, grapes, strawberries ... but I'm glad I could not afford to have any other fruit - other than bananas ... in my growing up years! I guess that spared me a lot of health problems... long live bananas!!!

Always,
Emie Zozobrado

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