The Lowly Banana, amazing......

Discussion in 'General Conversation' started by Boomer, Jul 17, 2008.

  1. Boomer

    Boomer New Member

    A professor at CCNY for a physiological psych class told his class about bananas. He said the expression "going bananas" is from the effects of bananas on the brain. Read on:

    Never, put your banana in the refrigerator!!! This is interesting.
    After reading this, you'll never look at a banana in the same way again.

    Bananas contain three natural sugars - sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber.

    A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy.
    Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world's leading athletes.

    But energy isn't the only way a banana can help us keep fit.
    It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.

    Depression: According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much
    better after eating a banana This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.

    PMS: Forget the pills - eat a banana. (Guys you might want to invest in a banana tree) The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.

    Anemia: High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.
    Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit's ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.

    Brain Power: 200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school ( England ) were helped through their exams this year by
    eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.

    Constipation: High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.

    Hangovers: One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana
    calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.
    Heartburn: Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.

    Morning Sickness: Snacking on bananas between n meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.

    Mosquito bites: Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.

    Nerves: Bananas are high in B-vitamins that help calm the nervous system.

    Overweight and at work? Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and chips. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.

    Ulcers: The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.
    Temperature control: Many other cultures see bananas as a "cooling" fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand , for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.

    Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer tryptophan.

    Smoking &Tobacco Use: Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B-6, B-12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.

    Stress: Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body's water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels.. These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.

    Strokes: According to research in The New England Journal of Medicine, eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%!

    Warts: Those keen on natural alternatives swear that if you want to kill off a wart, take a piece of banana skin and place it on the wart , with the yellow side out. Carefully hold the skin in place with a plaster or surgical tape!

    So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrate, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around. So maybe its time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, "A banana a day keeps the doctor away!"

  2. jholl949

    jholl949 New Member

    Mannford. Oklah
    It also helps when you have leg cramps due to the potassium it contains.

  3. brother hilljack

    brother hilljack New Member

    Shelbyville, TN
    Maybe we should say "a bannana a day keeps the doctor away". Thanks for the post

    BIG GEORGE New Member

    There was a girl in the airmans club back in 72 at Chanute AFB that amazed us with a banana.:wink:
  5. plainsman

    plainsman New Member Supporting Member

    You betcha! After reading these posts I"ll never look at a banana the saime again.
  6. oh no

    oh no New Member


    Tell us more about that girl with that banana. lol lol
  7. jtrew

    jtrew New Member

    Little Rock, AR

    You'll need firm, slightly green bananas, honey, and lemon juice.

    Peel the bananas and slice them lengthways, about 1/4" thick.

    In a skillet, mix honey & lemon juice 50/50. You can change this ration a little to make it sweeter or more tart.

    Fry the banana slices over medium heat.

    Eat and enjoy!
  8. big-muddy

    big-muddy Active Member

    norfolk, va
    man, its too bad im allergic to them. they make my throat itch something horrible
  9. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

    George are you dreaming again?:smile2:

    I have probably eaten a truck load of banana's in my lifetime. An I'm not done yet.
  10. baitchunker

    baitchunker New Member

    bg aint dreamin' i think i met her daughter while i was in the service.

    BIG GEORGE New Member


    Ya had to say daughter didn't ya. LOL! Thanx pal! LOL! Ya coulda said sister.
  12. Boomer

    Boomer New Member

    could have been worse, he could have said
  13. Dano

    Dano New Member

    Getting old aint bad BG. Eat a banana. Its easy on the gums:smile2:
  14. anchorpuller

    anchorpuller New Member

    North Caro
    Gummin' a banana is what some folks dreams are made of! :smile2:
  15. ozzy

    ozzy New Member

    Lost Wages
    I think Ill keep to myself this time...:crazy:
  16. ldkitch

    ldkitch New Member

    Henderson, KY
    I think I'll have the old man plant a banana tree out back!!!!! LOL!!!:smile2: