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Know More: Why You Should Eat Bananas On A Daily Basis

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Bananas have great nutritive and medicinal value and are a boon for growing children, adults, babies and those recovering from medical treatment, besides being affordable and easily available throughout the year, says Dr. Shernaz B. Avari

  • Bananas are a storehouse of vitamins A, B, C and D, with appreciable amounts of mineral salts such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorous and copper, so they serve as a quick source of energy.
  • As bananas ripen, their pulp gets converted into natural glucose, which is easily absorbed into the bloodstream, supplying the body with instant energy. So, you should only eat ripe bananas. An unripe banana is an indigestible food for the body.
  • Do you suffer from constipation on a regular basis? Have two ripe bananas daily with a tablespoon of honey, to be free from constipation.  
  • For sportspersons, athletes and building muscle, bananas act as a natural body builder. A medium-sized banana contains about 100 calories and a couple of bananas provide 20% of your daily vitamin C content.
  • They can be used for weight management, and are good for both people who are overweight as well as underweight! A diet of four bananas a day, along with four glasses of either milk, lassi or buttermilk with tulsi leaves or curd (any one at a time) one day in the week, helps to reduce weight. Strangely, when rapid gain in weight is wanted, a banana milkshake with a sprinkle of chopped dry fruits is ideal — this also serves as an ideal drink for children.
  • A diet of creamy mashed bananas is an ideal meal for infants suffering from diarrhoea. It can be given to babies in health and sickness when they don’t want to eat regular food.
  • Bananas boost brain power, promote healthy bones, reduce depression and lower the risk of heart diseases and hypertension. They also make the heart muscle strong.
  • Here’s a lip-smacking sweet dish for children. Slit a banana lengthwise. Pour milk cream over it. Garnish with dollops of honey in a zig-zag fashion. Sprinkle chopped almonds, raisins, dates or any other mixed dry fruits of your choice. Add a dollop of vanilla ice cream (optional) and serve!
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