Eat healthy, eat yellow
Updated: 2011-08-30 14:47
By Cindy Gu (chinadaily.com.cn)
As a good source of sugars and fiber, bananas are ideal for an immediate boost of energy. They are easy to carry, easy to eat and inexpensive compared to other types of fruits.
Bananas are extremely high in potassium, yet low in sodium - this is the golden combination in preventing hypertension. Bananas are also relatively rich in iron, which helps with hemoglobin function and anemia. The rich fiber also helps us stay regular. In addition, consuming bananas can restore potassium that are lost from diarrhea, which depletes the body of important electrolytes including potassium. They also contain pectin, a soluble fiber that puts digestive movement back on the right track.
Bananas are a good source of fructooligosaccharide (long word, huh) that nourishes probiotic (good) bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract. In particular, it serves as a substrate for microflora in the large intestine. In addition, daily intake of whole fruits and vegetables, especially bananas, have been linked to a reduced risk of kidney cancer.
Another celebrated health benefits of bananas is their ability to relieve depression. Bananas contain tryptophan, an amino acid that is metabolized to serotonin, which is a mood enhancer. So, next time you are feeling the blues, try not to reach for that tub of ice cream for some comfort; grab a banana instead.
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