Banana, Banana, Banana!

Just seen this on Facebook so I "pinched" it to share with everyone...interesting....


‎'' BANANAS...''
A very interesting FACTS

Never, put your banana in the refrigerator!!!...
This is interesting. After reading this, you'll never look at a banana in the same way again.

Bananas contain three natural sugars - sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. 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.

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.

Forget the pills - eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.

High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.

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.

200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school ( England ) 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 potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.

High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.

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 depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.

Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.

Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.

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.

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 chips. 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.

The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal 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.

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.

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!'

PS: Bananas must be the reason monkeys are so happy all the time! I will add 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. Amazing fruit !!!

Damaris - thanks so much for that subject. I will never look at bananas in the same way again. And John I will try peeling them your way too - just to be different.

Lovely John...I shall try that next time I eat a banana...when you think about it, of course it makes perfect sense ;)

Many, many , years ago I was at a lecture by Edward de Bono on the differences between "perceived wisdom' and true wisdom. he was saying that just because everybody has always done something, in the same way, for as long as anyone can remember, it doesnt always mean that its the best way to do it.

To demonstrate he threw out a dozen quite ripe bananas ramdomly into the audience. "Show me how you unpeel the banana " he asked us. to a man ( and of course the women too ) we all held the smooth end and used to stalk to rip open the fruit. Many of us only succeded in partialy separating the segments, and ended up with sticky ripe banana all over our fingers.

He smiled, and said "interestingly thats how monkies do it also " ... he then went on the explain that, as a friut, the banana hangs by the stalk end, and when it is ripe it 'peels' itself from the smooth end to drop its seed. So it is actually "designed" by nature to open from the non-stalk end.

He then demonstarted on stage exactly how easy, and without any mess, it is to just put in a thumbnail and peel back the skin - while holding the stalk ! in this way you get all the banana eaten, leaving your hands clean holding the stalk - as opposed to the way we were all doing it , and ending up with a soft "squiggy" end spilling ripe banana on our fingers ! ! - totally brilliant , and the perfect arguement for those in an organisation who tell you " wev'e always done things this way, it works, so why would we want to change it " ... just tell them "Bananas" !