Go bananas!

by Sanjeev Kapoor

There are very few people who are not familiar with bananas. These tropical fruits are easily found in most parts of the world and are grown in more than 150 countries. Bananas are of different types and can vary in size and colour. Once you peel of the skin of the banana, it can be eaten just like that or incorporated into several recipes like salads, muffins, breads, smoothies, milkshakes, etc. Bananas are also highly nutritious; they are one of the healthier natural sources of food. A medium-sized banana contains only 95 calories and provides a quick-but-sustained energy boost. It is a favourite for those who work out and want to build muscle. They are very high in fiber and also contain good amounts of potassium, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, zinc and several important vitamins.  They contain high amounts of iron. This fruit is loaded with benefits, is light on the pocket and is packed with flavor. Bananas are also great for the skin. When used as a face pack it helps reduce signs wrinkles and signs of ageing because of the zinc, potassium and Vitamins present in them.

 

Here are some of the benefits of bananas:

  1. Bananas are very good for those suffering from depression as you feel much better after eating a banana. Bananas could help you to feel happier because they contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to promote relaxation and improve mood.
  2. Bananas are known for their high potassium content. A single medium-size banana contains over 400 mg potassium. The potassium in bananas can help prevent muscle cramps after exercise. It is necessary for good nerve and muscle function as well as to maintaining a healthy balance of fluids in the body.
  3. Like most other fruits, bananas contain good amounts of Vitamin C.
  4. The fiber present in bananas helps prevent constipation, restore normal bowel movement and aids digestion.
  5. Since bananas contain enormous amounts of potassium with low sodium content, they prevent and protect the risk of Atherosclerosis and reduce the chances of having a stroke.
  6. Bananas are high in potassium (approximately ) and low in sodium (approximately , this is one of the reasons that eating bananas can help to keep blood pressure under check.
  7. Lightly rubbing the inside of the skin of a banana on mosquito bites also provides relief against itching.
  8. Bananas act as a natural antacid and offer relief from heart burn, hangovers and acidity.

 

Chilled out Banana Recipes

Roasted Banana and Raisin Ice cream, Chocolate Dipped Banana,

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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal www.sanjeevkapoor.com is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.