Amazing Bananas

After reading this, you’ll never look at a banana in the same way again.

Bananas contain 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. 

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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(色氨酸), a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin(複合氨), 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 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.

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 & 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 & Tobacco User: 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%!

Warts: Those keen on natural alternatives swear that if you want to kill off a wart, take a piece of banana skin and place it on the wart, with the yellow side out. Carefully hold the skin in place with a plaster or surgical tape!

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 carbohydrate, 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!"

PS: Bananas must be the reason monkeys are so happy all the time! I will add one here; want a quick shine on our shoes?? Take the INSIDE of the banana skin, and rub directly on the shoe…polish with dry cloth. Amazing fruit !

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  • 路人  On 27/04/2007 at 11:31 上午

    香蕉好味, 一齊食蕉呀, 哈哈, 坐住梳化先

  • Cat  On 27/04/2007 at 12:31 下午

    Peanut butter & banana sandwich is the best!

  • Jackie  On 27/04/2007 at 12:45 下午


  • Frank  On 27/04/2007 at 8:00 下午

    TwistingCat~Really, I\’ve never tried this combination…perhaps tomorrow breakfast??

  •  On 29/04/2007 at 12:38 上午


  • HotLemonCoke  On 29/04/2007 at 12:37 下午

    咁樣我要食多啲香蕉嘞, 我要做快樂的 monkey ^^
    睇完呢篇…即刻出街買香蕉 :p

  • Cc_Jackie  On 29/04/2007 at 7:20 下午


  • Cc_Jackie  On 29/04/2007 at 7:28 下午

    是啦Frank uncle,我家的Feijoa(番石馏) 开始收成啦。吾知又有乜好介绍呢????

  • 米米  On 29/04/2007 at 8:25 下午


  • lady  On 29/04/2007 at 10:54 下午

    宗妹都算喜歡吃香蕉, 但皇帝蕉就麻麻 :p

  • Maggie  On 29/04/2007 at 11:00 下午

    係呀, 我本身都好中意食香蕉, 不過人地話減肥時吾可以食, 所以近來改食蘋果! 下次再講多生果的好處啦….

  • Frank  On 30/04/2007 at 8:21 下午

    Jackie~我最中意食牛奶蕉同埋Del Monte大香蕉,仲要出梅花點個隻,夠甜丫嘛。乜新西蘭番石榴叫feijoa咩?點讀架?呢度叫Guava。

  • lady  On 01/05/2007 at 10:41 上午

    早晨 -宗兄. 近排少聽你去打乒乓波, 停左嗎?
    "五一"假期愉快啊 :))

  • Frank  On 01/05/2007 at 9:30 下午


  • lady  On 02/05/2007 at 2:49 下午

    遊行在澳門之嘛. 昨日勞動節去左行街街哦

  • lady  On 02/05/2007 at 2:49 下午

    遊行在澳門之嘛. 昨日勞動節去左行街街哦

  • Cc_Jackie  On 06/05/2007 at 7:58 下午

    读法:Fei  / joa
    哩D番石榴根广州的不一样.味道亦吾同.哩边的番石榴带少少酸味,只可吃肉 外皮带d d 苦味.



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