Who out there remembers Harry Belafonte’s song Day-o? You know…Come, mister tally man, tally me banana, daylight come and me wan’ go home! Or the ever popular song written in 1923, ….Yes, we have no bananas, we have no bananas today!! Then there is always the poor guy in the movies that slips on a banana peel and gets a big laugh. In the 60’s “going bananas” became a popular pop phrase for going crazy.
So? Why is the banana such a popular fruit? Mostly because it is one of the most affordable (cheapest) fruits you can buy. Not only that, the banana is one of the healthiest foods you can eat. Plus, the banana is so versatile. The once sought after delicacy that originated in India, has become an everyday experience from banana splits to smoothies and everything in between.
Bananas are loaded with essential vitamins and minerals such as potassium, calcium, manganese, magnesium, iron, folate, niacin, riboflavin and B6.
Bananas are also loaded with soluble fiber and insoluble fiber. The soluble fiber helps to slow down digestion and keep you feeling full for a longer period of time. Also, bananas feed your healthy gut bacteria which may safeguard against colon cancer! So if you are trying to stay healthy or lose weight, grab a banana. At 100 calories each, what are you waiting for?
The potassium in a banana makes this a super fruit. Potassium is good for your body in helping to regulate your heartbeat, blood pressure and keeps your brain alert. Potassium is also beneficial for healthy kidneys. Studies have shown that people eating bananas 4-6 times a week are almost 50% less likely to develop kidney disease.
If you are suffering from anemia and have symptoms of fatigue, shortness of breath and paleness, bananas can also help. They are high in iron.
Eating a banana may help reduce exercise related muscle cramps and soreness. Before you head out for that next marathon, you might want to grab a banana or two!!
Another good thing about bananas, they rarely contain any pesticides due to the thick peel.
The next time you go shopping, make sure you grab a bunch of bananas. You’ll be glad you did!! If by chance you bought too many and they started getting too ripe. Try making them into bread. It’s easy to make and SO delicious! Check out the recipe below.
In a large bowl combine, 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. In a separate bowl, cream 1/2 cup of butter, and 3/4 cup brown sugar. Stir in 2 beaten eggs and 2 1/3 cups of mashed bananas. Stir the banana mixture into the flour mixture. Stir to moisten. Pour batter into a greased 9×5 inch loaf pan. Bake in a 350 degree pre-heated oven for 60-65 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean. Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes then turn out onto a wire rack.
Here’s to good health and happy eating!