A Banana a day keeps illness at bay! The benefits of eating Bananas are many. They are one of the best sources of potassium, along with avocados, leafy green vegetables, dried fruits, fruit and vegetable juices and molasses. Potassium is one of the most important minerals in our body, crucial for the functioning of electrolytes that enable
- nerve conduction,
- water balance,
- muscle contraction
- and energy production.
They also contain Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, as well as other minerals – Magnesium, Manganese, and Copper and a surprising 1.3 g of Protein.
Only individuals with kidney disorders usually need to restrict their potassium intake. Sweating and chronic diarrhoea plus the use of diuretics cause a loss of potassium leading to dizziness, vomiting, muscle weakness, low blood pressure, drowsiness and confusion and extreme fatigue. Therefore it is essential to replenish after heavy exercise or in cases of bowel disorders or disease, with fresh fruit or drinking fresh vegetable juices or smoothies.
There is also some evidence that Potassium may help prevent and treat Cancer and this forms the basis of several therapeutic diets, one of which is The Gerson Diet, rich in fresh fruit and vegetable juices.
If following a low Carbohydrate diet you may want to restrict the amount that you eat. Bananas have approximately 23 g of Carbs. Due to the fiber content they have a relatively low Glycaemic Index at about 46 -52 but they have a sweet flavour and provide you with good nutrients so are preferable to many other methods of sweetening foods or drinks.
So you buy a bunch of Organic Bananas ( one of the few fruits that don’t cost twice the price for organic!)
They all go ripe at the same time and you often end up eating more than you would normally or throwing some away.
My answer to this is to cut some of them up, place them on a baking tray lined with nonstick paper and freeze them. When frozen you then pop them in a plastic bag and you have a ready supply for making smoothies or ice cream. Or another way is to make some gorgeous gluten free Chocolate Brownies or cookies where you use less sugar because of the sweetness of the fruit.
Another favourite is Paleo Pancakes where you whizz up 1 banana, 1 egg and a tsp. of almond butter and then fry the mixture as 4 – 5 small pancakes to serve with fresh fruit or a little honey or maple syrup. The egg and almond butter help control the blood sugar due to their protein and fat content.
These are especially lovely with Blueberries or Strawberries.
So enjoy getting your Potassium and not wasting bananas!