Natural Society – Bananas: 4 Reasons they are Gaining the Title of “Superfood”

bananas 263x164 Bananas: 4 Reasons they are Gaining the Title of “Superfood”Written by Elizabeth Renter, Natural Society, http://naturalsociety.com/4-reasons-bananas-gain-title-superfood/

There are many contenders out there for the title of “the perfect  food”, and bananas are just one that has been associated with this  rank. It could be because they are highly portable and come in their  own biodegradable wrapper, or it could have something to do with all of the  health benefits. While you may prize avocados or berries more, bananas certainly  deserve a role in your life.

1. One of the most well-known nutrients in bananas  is potassium (though there are many foods  rich in potassium even more so than a banana). Still, it is  one of the best recognized sources of potassium, with 467 mg per banana and only  1 mg of sodium. Numerous studies have found potassium  to reduce blood pressure, protect against the hardening of the arteries,  prevent strokes, boost bone health, and boost overall heart health.

  • 2. Bananas also have antacid effects, protecting the  stomach from ulcers and their subsequent damage. They work by creating a thicker  mucus barrier within the stomach to protect against acids. Also, they help  eliminate bacteria in the stomach that could lead to ulcers.

 

  • 3. They are loaded with energy and are a  favorite among athletes. A sort of a “nature’s  energy bar”, they can deliver the energy needed after a long workout while  fighting muscle cramps in the process.
  • 4. If bananas don’t offer enough benefits in the day time,  they shine at night too. They contain high amounts of  tryptophan, an amino acid that helps boost serotonin production which  can lead to better moods and a better night sleep.

While we are big advocates of shopping local, it is difficult to find local  bananas in most places. Compromise can be found by purchasing only organic, so  at least you know your bananas aren’t hosed down with damaging pesticides before  they begin their trek to your kitchen.

It’s believed bananas originated in Malaysia around 4,000 years ago. In 327  B.C. there is a record of Alexander the Great’s army finding them growing in  India. Eventually, bananas made their way across the ocean to the Americas,  where the majority of them are produced today. Interestingly, they didn’t come  to the U.S. for sale in markets until later in the 19th century.  And even then they were only enjoyed in port towns.

Bananas are creamy, sweet, and versatile. They can go in your oatmeal, in a  smoothie, or on your dessert. In addition to being delicious, they are good for  you.

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