The health benefits of eating banana’s
Bananas are full of valuable nutrients, including potassium which is one of the most important electrolytes in the body, which helps to regulate heart function, fluid balance and more importantly regulating blood pressure. Banana’s effectively lower blood pressure and protect you against heart disease and strokes due to being a potassium rich food.
The pectin content of a banana is high meaning they are soothing to the gastrointestinal region. This soluble fibre lowers cholesterol and functions the bowel normally. Due to banana’s having high fibre content and nutrients, this creates the feeling of fullness even with their few calories that you consume, this can benefit many people to aid their weight loss. As well as improving your digestive health which links to aiding weight loss too!
The risks of eating banana’s
Be sure not to eat too many bananas, although they can be part of a healthy diet and are good for your health, eating too many is something everyone should be careful of! Banana’s contain a high level of potassium, which can be harmful when too much is consumed, especially if your kidneys are not fully functional, meaning they are incapable of removing excess potassium from the blood.
Banana’s should especially be eaten in moderation if you have been prescribed with beta-blockers, which are usually used to reduce the risk of complications associated with cardiovascular disease and they can raise potassium levels in the blood.
Bananas can be a trigger to some people’s migraines as well as others having allergies.
Should we eat bananas in the morning?
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day so eating a wholesome nutritious meal is important, especially to start your day in a healthy way. However, for many people it is just a snack that is slotted into their busy schedule. So, eating a banana first thing in the morning is ok… there could be worse things to eat when you are on the go and in a rush! The best time to eat a banana is in fact in the morning if you are thinking of aiding weight loss! But if not, pairing it with some other nutritious foods would not make an unhealthy breakfast.
Eating a banana on an empty stomach may not be a good option because:
- You could be made to feel drained by the high level of natural sugars that usually give you an energy boost.
- Sleepy and fatigue feelings as banana’s only temporarily fill you up
- Naturally acidic meaning they may cause bowel problems if consumed on an empty stomach.
The benefit of eating bananas before exercise Banana’s provide worthy fuel for endurance exercise due to the rich carbohydrate levels and being easy to digest whilst containing the important nutrients that the body needs before exercising such as potassium. Low levels of potassium can cause muscle cramps during exercise and therefore, eating a banana before exercise can prevent or support muscle contractions
Fun facts that will make you go bananas
- A row of bananas is called a ‘hand’, while an individual banana is called a ‘finger’
- The oils within the inside of a banana skin can help inflammation and itching caused by insect bites
- More than 100 billion bananas are eaten every year in the world
- 51% of bananas are eaten for breakfast at home
- Bananas contain around 75% water and can usually float.
- On average, in the UK we each eat 10kg of bananas every year (That’s 100 bananas each!)
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Author: Performance To Summit Team – Dave Pickles & Fay Burrows