When was the last time you had a banana? It’s been a few months for me. I like to add bananas to my oatmeal or cereal as a replacement for sugar. We all know they are delicious, but do you know they are good for you as well? There are many myths that stop people from eating bananas, hopefully this post clears up some possible confusion you may have about them. After reading this you will Love bananas ladies, I know I do!
Health benefits of bananas:
Great Snack- A medium banana contains 110 calories.
Reduces pain from menstrual cramps- Bananas are rich in vitamin B6, which regulates blood glucose level and helps with pain from cramps.
Helps Digestion – The fiber in bananas keeps digestion regular.
Appetite suppressant- Fiber can help curb your appetite.
Provides Energy- The carbs found in bananas along with carbohydrates provide a boost of energy.
Helps Regulate blood pressure- Potassium in bananas helps reduce stroke and the possibility of high blood pressure.
Helps with sugar cravings- The sweet taste of bananas is often used to replace sugar.
Helps to Elevate depression- The norepinephrine and serotonin in bananas can improve your mood.
Replaces nutrients lost- During intense exercise you lose nutrients, bananas can help replace them.
Contains iron- For those people who are anemic like myself, bananas have a great source of iron.
Can help with morning sickness- If you’re are pregnant and experiencing morning sickness a banana can help.
Can Help smokers quit- The magnesium and potassium in bananas can help people recover from experiencing nicotine withdrawal.
Great for exercise- Reduces cramping by helping your muscles smoothly expand during exercise.
Great for your bones- it has the ability to minimize calcium loss in the body.
When will you eat a banana? Finding out it is great for cramps should change your mind about running out to get chocolate that time of the month. Not only does it have the sugar you crave, but it can relieve pain as well? Sign me up! The banana doesn’t contain many calories, so why not substitute your current snack for one. The substitution will surely help you take in less calories if you’re used to eating unhealthy snacks. Not to mention you can take one with you anywhere, just wrap one in a plastic baggie and stick it in your purse. I bet the next time you go to the grocery store you won’t forget to pick up some bananas.