July 5, 2007

TT#18 - Obviously I didnt get the memo about the theme this week!!









Thirteen things Bananas are good for:



1. Mental Health: 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.

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

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

4. 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.

5. Brain Power: 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.

6. Constipation: High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives. (hmmmm, I always thought they plugged you up because of the potasium???)

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

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

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

10.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.

11.Nerves: Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.

12.Ulcers: 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.

13.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.



31 comments:

L^2 said...

Bananas are my favorite fruit, and I always knew they were good for me, but wow, I never knew all this! Great list!
Happy TT :-)

Pen said...

Wow, I had no idea bananas were good for so many things. Wish I liked them. I cannot get past the texture. I do not mind the flavor, but that texture makes me gag. I could handle a smoothie!

Christine d'Abo said...

I love bananas!! I could eat them every day. Might explain why I'm in such a good mood. :)

Mom not Mum said...

Very interesting! Not sure I'm willing to rub banana skin innards on a mosquito bite though. LOL

Alasandra said...

I had no idea bananas were so good for you. It's too bad I don't like them.

JAM said...

I don't eat a lot of different fruits, but bananas are my favorite. They are a great breakfast on a hurried morning and keep me from being hungry 30 minutes later.

Cool list.

Chris said...

Gack, I can't stand bananas, but I suppose it's good to know they're good for something. :) Happy TT!

Robin said...

Good to know. My daughter eats bananas like they're going out of style.

TeaMouse said...

It's a good thing I love to eat bananas then...lol! Great list!

Jeremy said...

Don't forget they relive cramping and muscle fatigue because of Potassium.... I missed the tt memo as well. ooooops

Thomma Lyn said...

Wow, what a great list of facts about bananas! Hubby and I hadn't gotten bananas in a while, but after reading your list, I have added them to my grocery list. :)

Happy TT, and thanks for visiting mine!

FRIGGA said...

I love bananas! They're also good for preventing muscle cramps :0

Happy TT13!

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Really? I didn't know all this. What cool stuff!!!

Happy TT! I'm off to eat a banana!

smtwngrl said...

I love bananas, but I've given them up in the pursuit of eating locally. Sad, but true. :(

Thanks for checking out my TT last week. I'm just getting around to leaving comments!

Darla said...

Oh, I wish I liked bananas... :)

Qtpies7 said...

Banana peels rubbed on poison ivy is suposed to prevent it from getting bad, too.
Bananas, however, do NOT help with morning sickness! They may help with people who get a bit queasy, but true morning sickness? Not a thing in the world, even anti-sicky drugs, do not work.

Lorelei James said...

I used to get leg cramps at night...eating bananas totally got rid of them.

Cool list - oh, and handsome boys, looks like you done good :)

Amy Ruttan said...

#6 that was surprising. My mother always told me they plugged you up. When the kids had the runs she said FEED 'EM BANNANAS, It'll plug 'em up.

I didn't get the theme either.

Happy TT and thanks for dropping by mine.

gabriella hewitt said...

Very cool TT. I had no idea that bananas did all that. I do buy them but usually my boys or dh eats them. I'm going to have to make more of an effort to include them in my own diet.

Thanks for the information!

Joy T. said...

I love bananas! And now I know why. Interesting list. Happy 100th TT Celebration!

katherine. said...

hate bananas...need the pills
(smile)

Kimo & Sabi said...

We likes naners too! Happy TT!

Emmyrose said...

Its a good thing I like bananas. :)

Michelle M Pillow said...

It's good for muscle cramps too when working out alot. :)

Raven Paranormal Blog said...

Mmm, bananas :D

Tink said...

I like your theme! I love bananas, but my hubby thinks they are disgusting. So... I just eat them at other places than home! ;-)
Thanks for visiting my handfasting TT!

Rhian / Crowwoman said...

i have to hide this list from hubby. he loves bananas and has taught me some of the BAD things bananas can do....(holding my nose)

dawn said...

That's a good list of reasons to eat banana's. I got an email like that. I should eat more banana's, but they are not my favourite fruit and I really don't like things made with bananas. I like them on the green side. Thanks for visiting my blog. Happy TT.

Amy's zoo said...

Definitely the world's most perfect fruit!

Very informative list! I always thought bananas stopped you up too. I had no idea they were so high in fiber! Thanks for the info!

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