Bananas are are among the most popular and readily available fruits worldwide. Not only do bananas taste good, they’re also very beneficial to your body and mind. This is how:
1) Weight loss
Bananas have several components that contribute to make it a weight loss friendly fruit. An average banana contains just over a 100 calories, yet it is very nutritious and filling. They are also rich in nutrients and fiber, which has repeatedly been linked with weight loss. Furthermore, unripe bananas are packed with resistant starch, which tends to be very filling and may reduce your appetite.
2) Natural anti-depressant
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. Furthermore, tryptophan can also help people with Seasonal Affective Disorder feel happier. Bananas have high levels of potassium. Potassium sends oxygen to the brain, normalizes heartbeats and also regulates your body’s water balance. When we are stressed, out potassium levels are hugely reduced, and biting onto a banana may just make you feel a lot better.
3) Powerful antioxidants
The riper these berries, the more antioxidants it contains. Antioxidants are outro chemicals found in plants. Your body cannot manufacture antioxidants, such as beta-carotene, lutein, lycopene, selenium and vitamins A, C and E. These can only be obtained from plant foods and most of them are found in bananas. So taking in a sweet bite into a banana might help you prevent cancer as well.
So, one banana a day might keep the doctor away!