Creamy, rich, and sweet, bananas are a favorite food for everyone from infants to elders. They are rich source of carbohydrates, vitamins A, C, and B6, iron, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, zinc, sodium, potassium and natural sugars like sucrose, fructose and glucose. All of these make banana a superfood that is an integral part of a healthy daily regimen.
Listed below are the possible health benefits associated with bananas:
- Bananas reduce swelling;
- Bananas help overcome depression due to high levels of tryptophan;
- Aid weight loss;
- Protect against type II diabetes;
- Help with the production of white blood cells, all due to high levels of vitamin B-6;
- Strengthen the nervous system.
RIPE BANANAS (FRUITS 4-7)
A ripe banana contains a high concentration of dietary fiber, vitamin C, potassium, vitamin B-6 and antioxidant compounds. The Harvard School of Public Health reports that a diet rich in the nutrients provided by produce like bananas can decrease your risk of a number of medical problems.
Ripe bananas are rich in potassium. A diet that includes a high intake of potassium may help prevent kidney stones, high blood pressure, osteoporosis and stroke.
Bananas also have higher levels of antioxidants as they ripen. One interesting fact about fully ripened bananas is that they produce a substance called TNF (Tumor Necrosis Factor). This means that ripe bananas have anti-cancer qualities as they combat abnormal cells. The more dark patches a banana has, the higher its immunity enhancement quality will be.
There are benefits on both sides. You could eat unripened bananas or ripened bananas and get the benefits of either one. The only difference is that for Type 2 Diabetics and anyone trying to avoid excess sugar.
Notice: For anyone trying to avoid food with high sugar content, green bananas are an option whereas yellow bananas are not.