During a tennis match, what is the one thing that Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic do when they are tired and sitting out on a break? If you’re paying close attention you might notice that they all eat bananas.
Ever wondered why?
Bananas provide instant energy better than most other foods. They also keep cramps away and reduce muscle fatigue. Bananas are not only a quick power-boost for athletes, they are beneficial to every lifestyle.
What health benefits do bananas provide? Why should we care to include them in our daily diet?
We will look at these answers and more. But first, let us check out 5 weird facts about bananas.
Did You Know These Facts About Bananas?
The banana tree is not actually a tree. Yes, that’s right. It looks and feels like a tree, but actually it is the world’s largest herb.
Rubbing a banana peel over your skin after an insect bite reduces irritation, swelling, and itching. Love bites it can’t help with. But insect bites, sure, why not? Just rub the banana peel over the affected area, and the redness and itching will reduce within minutes.
Bananas are an awesome remedy for hangover. Finally, you know what to do when you have one drink too many. Eat one before sleeping and one immediately after waking up.
The Cavendish variety, which is the banana of choice of America and whole of Europe, may not be present 10 years down the line. What? Why? Really? Well, yes. Extinction of the Cavendish variety is a possibility, but not a sure thing. And if it happens, it won’t be because our increased love for the bottle, but some plant disease.
All modern bananas are a human invention. Well done, ancestors! They, like us, didn’t have much appetite for banana seeds. So what did they do? Cultivated hybrid varieties. The modern banana has very small seeds in the middle, which become evident only when the fruit goes bad.
4 Good Reasons to Eat More Bananas
Let’s get down to some serious business about bananas:
Bananas are good for the heart. Bananas are rich in potassium—the reason why athletes eat them, remember?—but did you know that potassium is great for your heart and blood pressure.
Besides potassium, this fruit is a good source of magnesium, which also improves heart health and blood circulation.
What’s more, bananas are rich in Vitamin B6, which improves brain and nerve function—no wonder, then, chimpanzees, which are smarter than most animals, love bananas so much. So, if not for your heart, eat a banana daily for better brain health and function.
Bananas aids digestion. Soluble fiber pectin, present in abundance in a banana, is known to aid digestion and provide relief from constipation. In addition, it is a potent natural antacid. So, the next time heartburn comes calling, reach out for a banana before popping an antacid tablet, because, unlike a tablet, a banana has no adverse effects on the body, at least not when you consume it in recommended amounts.
Bananas are good for better bones. Good for heart, blood flow, brain health, nerve function, digestion, and now bones. Is there anything that this wonder fruit can’t do? Bananas contain compounds that improve our bodies’ ability to absorb nutrients, including calcium, which is so essential for bone health.
Bananas make for a great snack. They are a great snack option as they are low in calories and fat. One medium banana is around 100 calories, but thanks to its high fiber content, satiates you well. Great for someone who wants to eat less to lose weight.
Well, I know I’m going to start eating more bananas, how about you?