The banana is one of the most popular fruits. It is loved for its unique taste, as well as the numerous benefits it provides the body.
Bananas are exceptionally rich in vitamins and minerals. On average a banana contains 110 calories, a lot of fiber, potassium, manganese and vitamins B6 and C. Each of these substances is beneficial in some way to different aspects of our lives.
For example, the abundant amounts of potassium in bananas make them a desirable food after a drinking spree. If you've had one too many the night before, the banana is your best friend against a hangover. The potassium regulates blood pressure and maintains proper heart function. It is also healthy for the bones. Potassium helps retain calcium in the body, thus decreasing the risk of osteoporosis.
A new study by Japanese scientists has found yet another benefit of bananas. They claim that the darker and more covered in spots the peel of our favorite fruit is, the more effective it is in eliminating cancer cells. The greater the number of black-brown spots on a banana, the more potent its active anti-cancerous substances.
Besides helping in the battle with cancer diseases, bananas protect against stomach ulcers. Compounds found in them create a thick protective layer in the stomach, protecting it from acids. They also contain protease inhibitors which eliminate specific bacteria in the stomach that cause ulcers.
According to the experts, daily consumption of bananas boosts the immune system. And that is why this fruit is among the most recommended during cold and flu season.
All of these beneficial properties make bananas even more appetizing for young and old. You can use them to prepare all kinds of goodies, including a tasty, healthy and refreshing ice cream, fresh squeezed juice, cakes and more.