Bananas are full of great things – and eating them regularly has great effects on our bodies. Not only are they perfect for a mid-morning filling snack, but they even contain vitamin b9, which is a nutrient that may fight depression. This could mean that by controlling your diet effectively, you could ward off health problems like anxiety, insomnia, high blood pressure- the list goes on. Here, we take a little look at what else bananas could do for you:
Look Less Bloated
Belly bloating is usually down to gas and water retention. According to Eat This, one study found that women who ate a banana twice daily for 60 days reduced their belly-bloat by 50 percent! Bananas are also a great source of potassium, which can help get rid of fluids.
Better blood sugar levels
Eating a bananas will slow down the absorption of the sugar into your bloodstream. This means you’ll have more consistent energy levels and even weight loss. Linked with this, you’ll likely have fewer cravings throughout the day. Eating a banana between meals means less binging on chocolate and crisps because you’ll feel fuller. Bananas give you healthy gut bacteria, which suppresses the appetite and leads to more efficient fat oxidation. This is why bananas are particularly good in smoothies.
As touched on earlier, bananas can bring on better moods. Fruitful Office, who know everything there is about fruit (delivering baskets of the stuff to offices all over the UK) say that bananas are known to improve your mood and generally make you feel happier. This is because bananas contain trypotophan, which is a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin. This hormone is linked to mood.
Better Cholesterol Levels
Bananas contain phytosterols, which are compounds that have cholesterol-lowering effects. Bananas also contain Vitamin B6 which helps the heart, immune system and nervous system.
If you suffer IBS, try eating more bananas. Bananas can help your poor digestion. They contain a lot of prebiotics, as well as nondigestible carbohydrates that act as food for good gut bacteria.
Better bone health
You know that calcium is good for your bones – well bananas don’t contain a lot of calcium – but they do contain prebiotic fructooligosaccharides, which ferment in the digestive tract, and therefore enable the body to absorb calcium more effectively.
Better Immune System
Bananas are rich in provitamin A carotenoids, beta-carotene and alpha-caroten, which all have been shown to protect against disease, including conditions such as diabetes.
Better blood pressure
Bananas are high in potassium and low in sodium. Did you know that bananas are officially recognised by the FDA as being able to lower blood pressure? This directly links to your risks of getting heart conditions, like having a heart attack or a stroke.