Bananas

Bunch of ripe banana fruits isolated

Bananas ★★

Bananas have a lot of potassium (450 mg), 3g fiber, and 30g carbohydrates in 1 medium sized banana. This makes it a great go to food if you ever need a snack. It also has about 32mg of Magnesium. The potassium also helps strengthen our nervous system and may also help protect against kidney cancer.2 Bananas also contains antioxidants like catechins and delphinidin, which may help protect against breast cancer. One large study showed that women who ate bananas daily were 40% less likely to develop breast cancer. Eat about ½ to 1 banana daily to help reduce your risk of developing breast cancer.1 Bananas may also protect against kidney cancer too.

Bananas are best when yellow with a few small brown spots. Like Avocados, bananas left on the branch longer will have more nutrients in it.2

Bananas can be used to help with digestion and stimulate your appetite.4 It is sometimes used as a remedy for constipation and it is also a very good prebiotic, meaning it helps increase the amount and activity of the good bacteria in your gut.

Use can also use bananas as a moisturizer. It’s a great way to avoid all the chemicals and compounds in moisturizers. Take a slightly over ripe banana and mash some of it up. Spread it on your face like a mask and keep it there for about 5 minutes then wipe it away. Your skin will be moist and you’ll smell great too.

In addition, Bananas have potassium and B vitamins, which can boost your energy levels, they have an anti-inflammatory enzyme called bromelain, which may help boost the production of testosterone.4 Pineapples contain even more bromelain than bananas do. Eat them together in a fruit salad to help give yourself a big boost of bromelain. Bananas are also a great source of Vitamins C and B6, potassium and manganese.

Bonus: Bananas are aphrodisiacs. They can help boost sex drive in both men and women. Combine them with other aphrodisiac foods like chocolate or watermelon to help get you in the mood.

 

References
  1. The Dr. Oz Show
  2. Lu Q, Zhang Y, Heber D, et al. California Hass avocado: profiling of carotenoids, tocopherol, fatty acid, and fat content during maturation and from different growing areas. Journal Of Agricultural And Food Chemistry [serial online]. November 11, 2009;57(21):10408-10413.
  3. The Dr. Oz Show
  4. The Dr. Oz Show
  5. Sun J, Chu Y, Wu X, Liu R. Antioxidant and antiproliferative activities of common fruits. Journal Of Agricultural And Food Chemistry [serial online]. December 4, 2002;50(25):7449-7454.

 

Magic Banana “Ice Cream”

One ripe banana per person; the riper the banana is, the sweeter the “ice cream” will be.

1. Peel and slice bananas, place on a baking sheet and freeze.

2. Remove from freezer and slightly thaw enough to remove from baking sheet.

3. Place frozen bananas in a strong blender or juicer with 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla. It comes out creamy and delicious. Sprinkle to your liking with nutmeg or cinnamon and sliced berries.

This works equally well with frozen mangos or frozen berries or a combination of fruit.  Experiment to see what you like.  If using a blender, it may be necessary to thaw the frozen bananas a little longer than in a juicer. This recipe is from Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn’s book Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease.

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