Health Benefits Of Bananas

Almost every grocery store carries bananas, and they sell for a relatively low price. They taste delicious, and they're packed with nutrients. And better yet, they're easy to store, and easy to eat on the go.

First, let's talk about some of the health benefits of bananas. Bananas are an excellent source of potassium, which helps the heart pump well, which in turn helps keep blood pressure at a good level.

They are also rich in vitamin B6, which helps the body produce healthy blood, and also strengthens the immune system.

If you're looking to improve digestion and elimination, bananas can help. They're a great source of dietary fiber, which helps overcome constipation. And they also have electrolytes, which help replenish the body after a bout of diarrhea.

If you've ever eaten a bunch of bananas in a short period of time, you've probably noticed that they do tend to have a relaxing effect. Bananas are very healthy, but just be careful how many you eat at a time. You'll have to find out what's best for your own body, but I personally don't eat more than two or three at a time.

Picking and Storing Bananas

bananas in a cluster

When you're buying bananas in the store, think about how soon you will be eating them. Select fully-ripened (yellow) ones if you plan to eat them very soon. But if you want to store them for more than a few days, select ones that are still partially green. Store them in a cool dry place, but not in the fridge.

Refrigerating bananas slows down the ripening process, so if you find that you have lots of ripe bananas that you won't be able to eat right away, put some of them in the fridge. The peelings will turn brown, but don't worry about it. The bananas themselves should still be good to eat.

If you want to accelerate the ripening process, put a cluster of bananas plus an apple or tomato in a paper bag, and roll the top of the bag so that there is as little empty space as possible.

Ways to Consume Bananas

Bananas are great to eat by themselves, or as an ingredient. If you're going on a trip, it's easy to bring along a couple clusters of bananas. They're not messy to eat, so they're great for eating when you're traveling.

Bananas seem to be able to find their way into many different recipes, such as in pies, bread, muffins, smoothies, and so on. Here are a bunch of recipes that call for bananas.

Try eating a banana for breakfast, either by itself or as part of a smoothie. You'll probably notice that you have more energy and greater alertness.

Now that you know some of the health benefits of bananas, think about how you can include them in your diet. Your body will thank you!