Bananas: Benefits And Harms To The Body

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Banana history The homeland of the banana is Southeast Asia (Malay Archipelago), where bananas have appeared since the 11th century BC. They...

Banana history

The homeland of the banana is Southeast Asia (Malay Archipelago), where bananas have appeared since the 11th century BC. They were eaten, made into flour, and made into bread. True, bananas did not look like modern crescents. There were seeds inside the fruit. Such fruits (although, according to botanical characteristics, a banana is a berry) were supplied for import and brought people the main income.

The second homeland of the banana is America, where the priest Thomas de Berlanga, many years ago, first brought an offshoot of this culture. The state of California even has a banana museum. It contains more than 17 thousand exhibits - fruits made of metals, ceramics, plastic, and so on. The museum got into the Guinness Book of Records in the nomination - the largest collection in the world, which is dedicated to one fruit.

The benefits of bananas

Banana is not only tasty but also a healthy treat for children and adults. Its pulp contains many useful trace elements that have a beneficial effect on the body.

The group of vitamins B (B1, B2, B6), vitamin C and PP are responsible for the nutrition of the body so that a person is energetic and efficient. Beta-carotene, calcium, potassium, iron, fluorine, phosphorus affect the functioning of the whole organism. They lower the level of "bad" cholesterol, normalize the work of the gastrointestinal tract and the heart system.

Bananas are great for fighting stress, seasonal depression, and bad moods. Biogenic amines - serotonin, tyramine, and dopamine - affect the central nervous system. They help you calm down after a stressful day or a breakdown.


Caloric content per 100 g

95 kcal

Carbohydrates

21.8 grams

Protein

1.5 grams

Fats

0.2 grams



Banana harm

Bananas are slow to digest, so people who are overweight are better off not overusing them. It is also not recommended to eat them before direct lunch or dinner. You may experience a feeling of heaviness and bloating.

Immediately after a fruit snack, do not drink water, juice, or eat a banana on an empty stomach. The best option is to eat a banana an hour after a meal - as a brunch or afternoon snack.

Bananas should not be carried away by people who have problems with blood clots or blood vessels. Because they thicken the blood and increase its viscosity. This can cause thrombosis of the veins and arteries. On this basis, in men, bananas can provoke problems with potency, as they slow down the blood flow in the cavernous body of the penis.

The use of bananas in medicine

Banana is rich in potassium, which is why it is recommended for athletes for its ability to relieve muscle spasms during exercise. It relieves pain and cramps and cramps that occur in the body due to a lack of potassium.

Banana contains a naturally occurring hormone called melatonin, which affects waking and sleeping cycles. Therefore, for a sound rest, you can eat a banana a few hours before bedtime.


Banana removes fluid from the body and lowers blood pressure, which is useful for anemia, as it contains the necessary amount of iron, potassium, and magnesium. These trace elements normalize the level of hemoglobin in the blood.

- Due to the high content of potassium, bananas remove fluid from the body, help control blood pressure. May be recommended for people with atherosclerosis. Bananas help with frequent heartburn, have an enveloping effect, they reduce acidity in gastritis. Protect the mucous membrane from the aggressive action of gastric acid hydrochloric acid. But in inflammatory processes of the stomach, bananas can intensify painful manifestations, since they can cause flatulence. Due to the content of soluble fiber, the fruit helps to remove toxins from the body, promotes gentle bowel cleansing. May be useful for women with PMS. By stimulating the production of pleasure hormones, the banana improves mood. Bananas are useful for children as a first food, as they are hypoallergenic and suitable for any age, nutritionist, candidate of medical sciences Elena Solomatina.

The use of bananas in cooking

Bananas are most commonly eaten fresh. Or as an appetizer to cottage cheese, yogurt, or melted chocolate. Banana is used as an additive to desserts, it is added in the preparation of cakes, pastries, fruit salads.

Bananas are baked, dried, added to the dough. Cookies, muffins, and syrups are prepared on their basis.

Banana muffin



A hearty treat is suitable for greens and gluten-free diets. Only natural products are prepared. Cooking time - half an hour.

  • Sugar - 140 grams
  • Eggs - 2 pieces
  • Bananas - 3 pieces
  • Butter - 100 grams
Grind sugar with butter, add eggs and bananas. Stir everything thoroughly and put in a prepared mold. Bake for about 15-20 minutes at 190 degrees, until the cake is golden brown.

Banana pancakes


Ideal for a Saturday or Sunday breakfast, when you can relax and indulge in delicious and simple pancakes. Banana pancakes are tender, nutritious, and healthy.

  • Egg - 1 piece
  • Bananas - 2 pieces
  • Milk - 0.25 cups
  • Sugar - 0.5 cups
  • Wheat flour - 1 glass
Mix banana, milk, sugar, and eggs in a blender until smooth, add flour to it. Spread the resulting dough with a spoon in a thin layer in a hot pan, fry over medium heat.

Ruddy pancakes can be seasoned with sour cream, jam, or condensed milk.

How to choose and store bananas

Go to the market to buy bananas. The nicest bananas are from India. When choosing, be guided by the color of the fruit and its smell. There should be no dark spots on the fruits, the yellow color should be even and uniform.

Ideally, the stem of the fruit should be slightly green. This indicates the freshness of the product and that in a few days the banana will become ripe.

For the fruit to ripen, you need to keep it in a room in a dark place. You cannot put on the open sun, otherwise, it will turn black.

Do not store ripe fruits in the refrigerator. The ideal temperature is 15 degrees.

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