Banana's = Friend, not FOE!
The Banana- Monkey’s love them and quite frankly so should we. Yes, I am here to tell you that the Banana is your friend not your foe. The problem I see today is when people are trying to lose weight they often take these out of their diet completely because of the fact they are high in natural sugar and are therefore seen as a negative thing to have in the day.
While Bananas are not something I have a lot in my week I do have at least 1 or 2 because they are a wonderful piece of fruit that if added into your diet in moderation are extremely beneficial to your health and will also not impede your ability to lose weight.
Our daily recommended serving of fruit is two pieces. A serving of fruit i.e. an apple is mother natures way of saying to you- here you go sir/maam here is the natural sugar you need in your day provided in this perfect little package/serving size- and the bonus is you don’t have to prepare it, just peel (in some cases you dont have too) and knock yourself out. Bananas are fantastic as not only are they yummy on their own you can also do lots of stuff with them. Check out this website for great ideas http://greatist.com/eat/creative-banana-recipes.
Because of the sugar in Bananas and how that sugar is released into the blood stream, they are considered Medium on the Low Glycemic Index (GI) rating, many people often steer away from them. But if you are a diabetic then you probably would want to be careful about what you are consuming, but like everything – if eaten in moderation and in a balanced way, which is what we teach in the 12 week Busyslim program, they should not be discounted from your diet.
Did you know?:
Calories – a medium banana is approx 90 calories.
Mood Booster they contain the amino acid tryptophan, which converts into serotonin, the body’s natural mood enhancing chemical.
Constipation reliever – high in fibre 3 grams, bananas can stimulate the bowels reversing constipation.
Suffer from Heartburn - bananas are a natural antacid for most of us.
Stress Management - A single banana contains about 12% of your daily potassium levels fatigued? Irritable? Have high blood pressure? EAT bananas.
A Vitamin and mineral winner – Vitamin C (17% of daily recommended value in one banana), Vitamin B6 (22% good for the nervous system), Folate (6% good for cell repair).
Want a natural pre-biotic – stimulate growth of friendly bacteria.
Relieve Stomach ulcers – only raw fruit that can be consumed without distress to relieve stomach ulcers by coating the lining of stomach against corrosive.
Natural antioxidant – high in antioxidants, providing protection form free radicals and chronic disease.
Try our banana mousse recipe coming your way this week.
Remember it’s all about balance and Bananas are not just for Monkey’s.