Plant Based Diet
Plant Based Diet
By | April 6th, 2013 | Modified - January 18th, 2015

Health Benefits of Bananas: To Banana Or Not To Banana?

Health Benefits of Bananas
Health Benefits of Bananas

When it comes to fruits, it seems like the benefits of citrus fruit, the benefits of watermelon, and benefits of blueberries have stolen the spotlight. They are popular because of their taste, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Eating these fruits definitely support healthy living, but don’t overlook the health benefits of bananas because they are a powerhouse food in their own right.

The nutritional benefits of bananas shouldn’t be overlooked because they are a great energy and muscle food. Bananas are also good for your health because they are rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Some health benefits of bananas are increased muscle performance, lower blood pressure, and improved bone health.

Check here for the banana nutrition listing.

Benefits Of Bananas: Improved Muscle And Heart Function

Bananas are a good way to fight muscle cramping due to electrolyte lost. Bananas are high in the potassium electrolyte. Optimum muscle contraction and relaxation depends on proper amounts of potassium being in muscle cells. Without proper amounts of potassium muscles become susceptible to cramping.

Potassium, along with sodium, plays a vital role in maintaining a normal heart rhythm. Both are electrolytes and the proper balance between them allows the proper transmission of electrical impulses sent by nerves. Potassium deficiency can lead to abnormal heart rhythm.

Benefits Of Bananas: Helps Lower High Blood Pressure

Blood pressure is the the force of the blood against the walls of the blood vessels, and kidneys control blood pressure by controlling the amount of fluid is in the body. The more fluid, the higher your blood pressure. Kidneys use a delicate balance of sodium and potassium to pull water from the blood to control blood pressure. We need to make sure we have adequate amounts of potassium in our system, especially when confronting diets that contain processed foods which are notorious for their high salt content and compromise the potassium sodium balance.

Benefits Of Bananas: Bone Health

The body works to maintain its proper pH level. It will leach calcium from bones to combat a buildup of metabolic acids to maintain that level, which can lead to the weakening of bones. Potassium neutralizes metabolic acids so the body doesn’t need to leach calcium from bones.

Benefits Of Bananas: Improved Energy

Bananas have become one of my favorite energy foods. I eat several bananas a day in the form of smoothies: Banana Date Energy Drink. Bananas are a high carbohydrate and low fat fruit, which is a food that fits well into my diet. I try to eat really ripe bananas mostly because the riper the banana, the more sugar and less starch it will contain.

Simple sugars burn faster than starches or complex carbohydrates, and are burned before fat. This way I am quickly burning the simple sugars first and using up those calories, and then burning stored calories from fats.

Fats are necessary for healthy living and my vegan diet controls the amount of fats and unhealthy fats I consume, because too much fat does being harmful. My cycling season will soon begin for me and I will be increasing my consumption of bananas and dates to increase my access to quickly burning sugars for energy, and also because they support my proper muscle functioning.

Benefits Of Bananas: Supports Digestion

Bananas are easily broken down into nutrients which puts less strain on the digestive system.

Bananas strengthen the mucus lining in the stomach to protect it against stomach acids.

Bananas are rich in fructooligosaccharides, a prebiotic that feeds friendly bacteria in the digestive system. These prebiotics feed good stomach bacteria in your digestive tract which combat an overgrowth of organisms like yeast, which become harmful when there is to much of it in the body.

Bananas are full of fiber to keep you regular.

Bananas fit in well with a plant based diet and a diet containing animal protein, so eat more bananas to get the benefits of bananas to support your healthy living.

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About Author:

I obtained a Certificate in Plant Based Nutrition from Cornell University, a BA in Organizational Behavior and Communications from NYU, worked as an elementary school teacher, and have studied social work. I am a web designer/developer and I enjoy boxing, kick boxing, cycling, power walking, and basically anything challenging, and my plant based diet supports all that I do. Eating a plant based diet and exercising is a great way to achieve healthy living. ~ Natural Life Energy

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