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Friday, June 10, 2011

The Myth Of: ''Bananas Cause Weight Gain''

Bananas are loaded with potassium, which is an essential mineral that is sometimes missed if you are on a diet because it is vital for controlling the body’s fluid balance and regulating heartbeat as well as blood pressure. In addition, the ease of which bananas can be packed, transported, and eaten makes them a great choice if you are on a diet. While bananas are relatively low in calories and fat, they don't necessarily have a whole lot of fiber. Fiber is an essential nutrient if you are on a diet, because it helps to keep you feeling fuller, longer and prevents overeating at future meals. In short, bananas make a good choice if you are on a diet because they are low in calories and fat.Banana is an ideal fruit. They are cheap. There is a good supply all year. They can be digested by almost everyone. Nutritionally, bananas have a lot to offer. They have a higher carbohydrate content than most other fruits (by weight), making them a good snack choice for endurance athletes.
Does banana contain fat?
Well...Yes, banana does contains fat, but only 0.6 grams of fat. 

Health benefits
As mentioned, bananas contain high amounts of potassium up to 422 mg which is good for Blood Pressure, it is also a good source of Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Manganese and Folate along with being rich in fiber.
  • Instant source of energy
Bananas consist mainly of sugars namely glucose, fructose and sucrose and fiber, which makes them ideal for an immediate and slightly prolonged source of energy.
  • Anemia
Bananas are high in iron and can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and hence are recommended to those with anemia.
  • PMS
Bananas contain vitamin B6 which helps regulate blood glucose levels and help with dealing with PMS symptoms. They are definitely a better solution than other PMS drugs.
  • Blood Pressure
Banana contains very little sodium and is high in potassium hence it is ideal for someone with high blood pressure. Even FDA of US has accepted banana’s ability to reduce the risk of stroke and Blood Pressure.
  • Bowel movement
Bananas contain good amount of fiber that helps the bowel movement and relieves constipation. Even in the case of diarrhea, the potassium in bananas helps replace the electrolytes lost due to it.
Bananas are also known to promote healthy bones, help in treating heartburn and reduce the risk of stroke and Age related muscular degeneration (ARMD) that causes vision loss in old age.

Myth that bananas cause weight gain
A medium banana contains about 100 calories. It contains about 22-25 gm of carbohydrates, almost 0 gms of fat and 2 gm protein and 3 gm of fiber.

Besides this, it also delivers 15% of the daily requirement of Vitamin C, a dose of Vitamin A, Vitamin B and Potassium, Calcium and Magnesium.
Banana may be high in calories but it contains fiber, potassium, vitamin C that is certainly better than pure calories and no nutrition that other foods you eat leave you with. Besides, if you are working out than banana is a perfect post workout food, that refills your energy reserves and helps build that muscle…

Banana is the best ‘fast food’ as it regulates the blood sugar level and gives instant energy. Banana is also cheaper and found all over the year.

Last Word
In the competition of the best fruit, there are no clear winners or losers. All fruits have their unique properties that make them good for specific ailments.

So,dont be afraid of enjoying your bananas...have a nice day! :)

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