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Pasha
08-09-2005, 04:09 AM
BANANAS

After Reading THIS, you’ll NEVER look at a banana in the same way again!

Bananas. Containing 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.

Depression: 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.

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

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

Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it the perfect way 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.

Brain Power: 200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school 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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

Nerves: 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 crisps. 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.

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.

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.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer tryptophan.

Smoking: Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6, B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.

Stress: Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body’s water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.

Strokes: According to research in “The New England Journal of Medicine,” eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%!

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 carbohydrates, 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!”

Owen
08-09-2005, 04:27 AM
Bananas are great, and inexpensive. Where I live they are one dollar a bunch. I like to have one or two bananas a day, usually blended in with my shakes. All hail the mighty banana :ninja: or suffer the consequences!

need4muscle
08-09-2005, 04:56 AM
i normally eat a banana every morning and I find they help me have greater success in my workouts.

YungLifter
08-09-2005, 05:28 AM
I eat bananas everyday. One of my top fav fruits.

arsoniq26
08-09-2005, 08:48 AM
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.



Bananas just became my new best friend.

getfit
08-09-2005, 09:38 AM
that's a very good read on bananas!

ShockBoxer
08-09-2005, 09:42 AM
I love them, but they make roof of my mouth hurt. Not the same way that strawberries (which I'm allergic to) do, either. So I tend to savor the smell until they go bad and throw the bunch out, resolving next time to eat more than one regardless of the discomfort.

thajeepster
08-09-2005, 11:09 AM
im having one in my bowl of oats right now :D

AzBboy
08-09-2005, 11:18 AM
and to think i recently cut bananas out of my diet because they rate medium on the G-index...thank you for the post pasha, i am now inviting them back in!

Pasha
08-09-2005, 01:49 PM
welcome

Manveet
08-09-2005, 02:20 PM
I love bananas

bigsethmeister
08-09-2005, 02:46 PM
mmmmmonkeyfroot

Bruise Brubaker
08-10-2005, 10:07 PM
Another fact about banana: it contains less pesticides than apples:

http://www.foodnews.org/reportcard.php

Canadian Crippler
08-10-2005, 10:49 PM
I bow to bananas. And I forgot to buy them today :(:(:(

wrestlemaniac
08-10-2005, 11:51 PM
bananas contain tryptophan

that would actually be an arguement against eating them before working out IMO and one against giving you energy since Tryptophan will knock you out.

Bruise Brubaker
08-11-2005, 04:12 PM
Yeah it is a very high source of tryptophan, it has 0.009g per 100g!

I don't know who the hell tough it was a source of tryptophan...

ebrunner
08-13-2005, 10:53 AM
Interesting article. I have to wonder who funded it, though. Dole? Chiquita?

DannyboyXJ
08-14-2005, 01:46 PM
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.



Bananas just became my new best friend.

I can't wait to see if this is true... :)

hoser813
08-17-2005, 01:25 AM
yup.... a banana and a b-12 pill will beat the hell out of any hangover.

I always eat bananas.... I especially love sitting on the couch after a strenuous workout with a banana, a jar of peanut butter and a glass of milk!

Thunderwulf
08-17-2005, 07:48 AM
I had one banana a day for a week and my bench press went up 50lbs!!

waynis
08-17-2005, 04:08 PM
haha.. I always eat a banana before and after workout and people used to bust on me saying it's not enough carbs and blah blah. Bananas are great!

Haaji Dont Surf
08-17-2005, 04:25 PM
I eat two-three a day... Good stuff. ;)

getfit
08-17-2005, 04:27 PM
i have one with my oats and then later on in the day with yogurt