Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Hey! Go Bananas!

Our state, Queensland, is known for many things, some even go so far as to say that we are Gods own country; it is a tropical and subtropical paradise and is banana country among other things, and we Queenslanders are often affectionately referred to as the “Banana Benders.” This delightful fruit has an arsenal of potent health benefits. After reading this, you'll never look at a banana in the same way again – and remember, never put your bananas in the refrigerator! And here is a tip: If you peel a banana from the bottom end instead from the top end where the stem is, all the strings come off at the same time. I was told that this is how the monkeys peel the bananas.

The banana plant, often erroneously referred to as a "tree", is a large herb, (herbaceous) with a succulent and very juicy stem. For the benefit of my readers from northern Europe and North America who have never actually seen how bananas have developed from the flower to the banana bunch; I’ll include a few picture in sequential order for youclick on the pictures to enlarge! - Werner
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Bananas contain three natural sugars - sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fibre. 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.

De
pression: 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.


Anae
mia: High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of haemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anaemia
Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect 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 p
otassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.
Constipation: High in fibre, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without reso
rting 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 deplete
d 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 crisps. 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. 1. Banana flower emerging from plant.
Ulcers
: The banana is used as the dietary food against int
estinal 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.


Seaso
nal Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer tryptophan. 2. Behind ever flower leaf is a half ring of bananas or “a hand” as we call it.

Smoking & Tobacco Use
: Bananas can also help people t
rying 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 oxyg
en 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. 3. The banana. Bunch has gained in length.

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%!


Warts
: Those keen on natural alternatives swear that if you want to kill off a wart, take a piece of banana skin and place it on the wart, with
the yellow side out. Carefully hold the skin in place with a plaster or surgical tape!

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 carbohydrate 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!"
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PS: Bananas must be the reason monkeys are so happy all the time! I will ad
d one here; want a quick shine on our shoes?? Take the INSIDE of the banana skin, and rub directly on the shoe...polish with dry cloth. An Amazing fruit indeed!

4. One of my Banana plants with a ripe bunch, it takes a couple of days or so before the others get yellow.
Happy Banana. - Werner

My thought for today: - Werner
"Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body." - Sir Richard Steele

6 comments:

Marite, Redliffe said...

Sorry Werner , I hate bananas with a passion !! Was first introduced to them on a ship on the way

To Australia as a child, it was our afternoon tea so to speak, bananas and warm Milk !! Still cant face bananas

And not fussed on milk either except in coffee !!

Lucy, Nerang said...

Werner that was a very interesting and informative article about the bananas. I must admit that I have never seen a banana flower, so seeing your pictures how the bunch develops was very edifying. Finally, your blog has a great variety of interesting postings, keep up the good work, all my family and friends are on to your blog.

I just read the comment from Marite and I’m astonished that somebody actually hates bananas; I assume that there wouldn’t be too many banana haters in the world.

Eva, Freiburg said...

Werner, I love bananas, but never knew about all the health benefits they contain, but what I also found interesting is the pictures you put in as I have never seen a banana flower.

I teach English and I use many of your articles for my English class. Thank you for your interesting and varied information.

Dee Harvey said...

Another great article Werner. I can't imagine anyone not liking bananas. They are such a delectable fruit and so good for you. Looking forward to more interesting articles on your blog. Keep up the good work.

Jane Asquith-Charles said...

What a wonderful and informative article Werner. My husband and myself look forward to your blog. Your former article on the New Zealand Kea was so interesting also. What mischievous birds!
We look forward to more of your interesting articles .

Bea Lester said...

I love bananas,and found this posting very interesting. I had no idea that there was more to bananas than just being a lovely and tasty fruit.