Budget and Body Friendly Bananas
Ever wonder about the benefits of this sweet delicious and versatile fruit? Well look no further; here is the skinny on bananas.
Banana’s are loaded with potassium which is essential for proper muscle contractions such as pumping of the heart, digestion, and muscle movement. A few studies have linked low potassium intake to high blood pressure and increased risk of heart disease.
Bananas are also abundant in tryptophan and essential amino acid that helps the body to produce serotonin – a hormone which provides a calming effect on the brain and creates a stable mood. It should be noted that essential amino acids such as tryptophan are only obtained through our diet – the body does not produce tryptophan on its own. Consuming bananas is one of the simplest ways to get tryptophan into our diet.
Bananas are also a high in vitamin B6 which plays a role in the production of hemoglobin and enhancing immunity. Finally, one banana contains 16% of your daily value of fiber which is known to help lower the risks of diabetes and heart disease.
The best thing about bananas is that they are very inexpensive; 79 cents per bunch of conventionally grown bananas and 99 cents per bunch of organically grown bananas. You can toss them into cereal, yogurt parfaits, smoothies, salads and baked goods.
Check out Christine’s Better Banana Bread---its got only 93 calories per slice, 1.5 gm fat, 18 gm carbs, 2 gm protein!
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