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Jan in CA
03-30-2006, 07:31 PM
I don't know if ALL of these are true or affective, but thought I'd share. Bananas can't hurt you unless your allergic so give some of these things a try and let us know if they work.


BANANAS WHO KNEW!

Bananas, containing 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.

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, a type of protein that the
body converts into serotonin, 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 the 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 brainpower. 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 and 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 orders 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
there baby is born with a cool temperature.

Seasonal: 3D Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas can help SAD
sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer tryptophan.

Smoking: 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
heart beat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates the water balance of your
body. When we are stressed; our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing
our potassium levels. These can be balanced 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!

Therefore, 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, and 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!"

Amber
03-30-2006, 07:42 PM
Cool! Bananas are probably my favorite fruit. I think I'll go have one right now! :happydance:

Ronda
03-30-2006, 08:09 PM
Too bad bananas make me gag... :(

Ingrid
03-30-2006, 08:28 PM
My cousin just sent me this. When my kids were small, and now with my grandkids, I always push a banana in the morning to start the day off right.

dustinac
03-30-2006, 09:43 PM
My kids love them but they give my son blisters in his mouth just like his dad... so I have to becareful and not give him to many and have to keep them hid... I need to start eating them after reading this lol no more Midol maybe?? :lol:

horve1
03-30-2006, 09:58 PM
Awesome. Thanks for sharing this.

knitstress_tygher
03-31-2006, 12:45 AM
Nifty info!

humblestumble
03-31-2006, 02:49 AM
yeay for bananas! :happydance:

RachelG
03-31-2006, 09:18 AM
I eat one every once in a while 'cause I know they're good for me but I DO NOT LIKE bananas at all. (probably the mushy texture, because banana flavoring is just fine)

feministmama
03-31-2006, 02:05 PM
I just put bananas on my grocery list :cheering:

Jan in CA
03-31-2006, 02:12 PM
I eat one every once in a while 'cause I know they're good for me but I DO NOT LIKE bananas at all. (probably the mushy texture, because banana flavoring is just fine)

I don't like mushy ones..eat them when they are firmer (a little green) and I'm sure you'll like them better.

brendajos
03-31-2006, 02:21 PM
my grandpa use to eat banana bread bananas on his oatmeal all the time and would not even consider that they were no longer ment to be eaten like that when the skins got that black! granted he was blind so didn't know visually how ripe they were but there is no way those things didn't feel like mush in his hands!


that being said....i don't like green ones either!...lol. I have about two bunches sitting in a brown paper bag now waiting for my new mixer to get here so i can go banana bread crazy! :rofling:


*pacing pacing pacing waiting for mixer*

Jan in CA
03-31-2006, 02:36 PM
I don't like green ones either, Brendajos. I mean eat them before they get spots on them when they are still firm. At that point they sometimes still have a little bit of green on them.

LeslieA
03-31-2006, 02:36 PM
I like having a banana for breakfast. But my son likes them too so now we have to fight. He's only 2 so I give in. I figure he needs it more than me. And yeah a little green is best. :thumbsup:

cheesiesmom
03-31-2006, 03:10 PM
I like bananas when they are just ripe and still firm, but since that window last like 15 minutes I don't buy a lot of them. (And I definitely don't need banana bread calories.)

I recently read that knitting is one of the 13 activities (don't know the other twelve) that prevent the occurrence of dementia by 38%.

So eat a banana while you're knitting to stay healthy and sane! :lol:

Gladys in Michigan slowly losing her mind over where to put all this sock yarn.

brendajos
03-31-2006, 03:15 PM
I don't like green ones either, Brendajos. I mean eat them before they get spots on them when they are still firm. At that point they sometimes still have a little bit of green on them.

lol they are such a finicky fruit for me....tinge of green is too much green and a few spots tend to be too many spots....and what is UP with the stores...they are either selling neon green bananas or spotty bananas...no in between. but i keep buying them cuz i love me some bananas!

samm
03-31-2006, 04:01 PM
Wooooooo..... :roflhard: I thought this was going to be a post about one of us who finally went over the edge, totally bananas, frustrated by some knitting problem or other. :roflhard: :roflhard: :roflhard: samm

brendajos
03-31-2006, 04:12 PM
nah that's another thread! :rofling:

samm
04-01-2006, 04:54 PM
Or another yarn, maybe...... ;) samm

Jenelle
04-01-2006, 05:15 PM
That's nifty info Jan!

I'm going to print that out and show it to my parents. My dad's been trying to loose weight and maybe this can help too. :thumbsup:

mks22300
04-02-2006, 12:33 PM
Wow! Who knew the banana could do all that! :shock:

beldaraan
04-03-2006, 11:04 PM
<------------ Yay, for the banana!!

mulene
04-04-2006, 10:10 AM
Thats true! Bananas are the best!

I'm on a diet at the moment and I love fruit. The diet I am on specifies "no fruit except bananas" - I was SO relieved to be allowed bananas. A stick of potassium!

My father had 100% kidney failure and he had to watch his potassium intake - bananas were definately not allowed!