Health Benefits of Bananas
Referred as “fruit of wisdom”, the health benefits of bananas are gradually recognized by people in recent years. As one of the fruits which are most easily to get from the market, bananas can not only provide nutrients and vitamins to the human body, but also have the functionality of skincare and eye-care.
Bananas are very rich in nutrition. Based on the statistics, one hundred grams of flesh bananas contain 1.2 grams of protein, 0.5 grams of fat, 19.5 grams of carbohydrate, 0.9 grams of fiber. They also contain 9mg of calcium, 31mg of phosphorus, 0.6mg of iron and other elements like carotene, thiamine, niacin, vitamin c, vitamin e and so on.
As one of the common fruits in our daily lives, bananas can be used in the treatment of depression. Bananas contain a substance that helps brain to produce serotonin and makes the people feel happy and satisfied. Depression sufferers can eat more bananas to increase the concentration of serotonin in brain, which is helpful to reduce the hormones causing depression. So, bananas are also called as “food of happiness”.
The skin pigment contained in the banana skins are helpful to suppress the growth of bacteria and fungi. It is proved that the banana skins are effective to cure itchy skin caused by fungi or bacteria. The fresh banana skins can be pounded or fried and put into the itching skin, and the symptoms can be relieved after a few days.
Bananas are very helpful to lose weight because of its low calorie contents and rich dietary fiber. Although Banana is very sweet which will be considered as a high-caloric food, they contain very low calories. The high content of starch in bananas make it easy for people to feel full, which is helpful to make a diet. It will take some time for starches to be transferred into sugar, so they will not produce excessive energy buildup in the human body. From this perspective, the banana can be considered as a great food for weight loss.
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