Wednesday, December 1, 2010

They're Not Just For Breakfast Anymore. . . . .duuuuhhh

  Pass the Banana


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. 

 Forget the pills - eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood. 

Anemia :
 High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of haemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anaemia. 

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. 

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

 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. 
 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 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. 

 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. 

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 B6, B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal

 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. 

 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%! 

 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 it's time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, 'A banana a day keeps the doctor away!' 

PS: Bananas must be the reason monkeys are so happy all the time! I will add one here; want a quick shine on our shoes?? Take the INSIDE of the banana skin, and rub directly on the shoe...polish with dry cloth. Amazing fruit 
    You just thought you knew...  WOW


Jabacue said...

That was interesting! Now I know why I like them so much!
Thanks Justin.

Gary Kelly said...

Two slices of fresh bread, the fresher the better. Real butter. Half a banana squashed with a knife and spread over one slice. Top with a layer of fresh pineapple. Best sandwich you've ever had.

JustinO'Shea said...

Sounds awful. . . .LOL. . .awful awesome! Yummmm. .. It is close to suppertime and I m very hungry. . .your sangwich special sounds so good. . . I think a hefty multi-grain bread with butter, fresh pineapple and banana. . . yummy yum yum. . . ;-)

Thanks, Mistah K.

Anonymous said...

I have to agree with our friend Gary and our oh-so-cute studmuffin blogmeister. Multi-grain bread, that heavy yeasty kind, and just a bit of cream cheese makes a terrific base for bananas with or without pineapple, walnuts, a little cinnamon...

Sliced bananas and strawberry ice cream.

Eating the yellow bananas gives you strength to handle the pink kind!

I have been told, although I have not yet tried this for myself, that green and unripe bananas make excellent dildoes. It would probably be a wise idea to wash them off after such use prior to replacing them in the family fruit bowl.

JustinO'Shea said...

OMGGGG. . . ..a green banana dildo. .oh, I don't think so. . . .LOL. . .

"Chacun a son gout" literally "Each one has his own taste. . . " or. "To each his own".

That's it. . .for now. ;-)) cha cha cha. . . ,StudBoiB.


Gary Kelly said...

Banister, write 1000 times on the blackboard, "I will NEVER call JustinO an oh-so-cute studmuffin again".

He's still young and impressionable and it goes to his head ya know.

And don't crack any more corny bananister jokes.

JustinO'Shea said...

Listen to himself, pontificating, giving orders like an olde school marm. . .LOL

Now, Mr Kelley, you go stand in the corner, facing the wall of course. .

Now that this distraction is taken care of, let's get on with the Fun n Games. . .LOL

The alleged studmuffin blogmeister

Stew said...

Gary, Do they still have blackboards in Australia?

Gary Kelly said...

I'm not sure, Stew. It's been a few years since I went to school ya know. But I do remember this: if there was a girl with pigtails sitting at the desk in front of you, you would dip her hair into the inkwell.

At least, the other kids did. I was far too sensitive and sweet for that kinda behavior. In fact, I still am.