Why you still Need That Banana In your Diet

As the famous adage goes, “when your mother asks you whether you would like a piece of advice, it does not matter whether you nod to it or not, you are definitely going to get it.” Today, almost everyone said, thought or even showed heartfelt acts of kindness to their mother. The day is famously celebrated all over the world to culminate their presence in the world. But just remember how your mother made you go bananas whether you asked for it or not. Almost everyone who has been called child by their mother must have gone bananas. Going bananas? Yes. Can you remember your first food as a child? It was either: pumpkin and banana; potato and banana; vegetables and banana; mashed banana or just something that had to have bananas included. Ever thought of it? What is so nutritious about this food that a mother will even spend so much money just to get the right type for you? The banana is the most widely consumed fruit and food in the United States says studies carried out by Food and Drug Administration. Closer home, almost everyone is known to have ever eaten a banana in their life.  The curvy yellow fruit is high in nutritious contents especially potassium magnesium and vitamins C and B6. Going bananas is what must have helped you from constipation as a child if not the loose stool you probably had. So why should you keep having them in your diet? Is it best to keep eating the green or ripe bananas and just how many ripe ones are enough?

Studies show that bananas help in regulating your blood pressure which means that you can acquire potassium from the bananas that helps complement your low sodium diet in case you have hypertension. At the same time, bananas can help you reduce the risk of developing leukemia at a very young age in your life. This is because they have vitamin C that helps in combating free radicals that are the culprits of causing cancer according to national health and nutrition survey in the United States.   The same studies indicate that they help in blood sugar regulation. For anyone who is looking to avoid food high in sugar content, green bananas are the best especially for a person that has type 2 diabetes.

Treatment of diarrhea is another benefit. Whenever a child or even adult has diarrhea difficulty, green bananas are recommended to strengthen your body due to loss of potassium stores from the diarrhea according to dietary guidelines in the United States. Preservation of memory and boosting the mood is another important role of the bananas.  When not all of us have the taste for all types of banana, the green ones tend to take longer to digest and have 40% starch and high fiber content than the ripe ones. The ripe ones are certainly lower in starch with only 8% composition and digest faster. They however, have high antioxidants according to food and Drug Administration. So which is the best? Both! When you want to have high fiber in your diet or have type 2 diabetes you can incorporate the green bananas. When faced with low sugar levels or would like to feel energetic, try the ripe bananas that will endow you with anticancer anti- oxidative components. But just how many? Do not eat a whole bunch all by yourself because you risk muscle weakness especially if you take like 40 ripe bananas in one sitting. Eat a maximum of 2 bananas a day to avoid increased heart rate says the American heart association. So choose wise, consume bananas just like you never asked your mother whether or not to have them in your diet when you were a child. Keep Going Bananas!

Written by Nduta Wambura

Nduta Wambura is a certified Clinical Nutritionist and Public Health advocate

Website: http://www.ask-thenutritionist.com