2010-09-24

Juice: Banana milk

Banana is my most favourite fruit. I still remember when I was young, my mom showed me a poster of all types of fruit and asked me to choose the fruit that I like best. I pointed to bananas and made my mom so surprised. I still can recall what she said that time. She said, "Silly girl, out of so many types of fruit, got durian, got mango, why you choose bananas? ", and then all my siblings started to tease me eating bananas liked the monkey. T_T
Now, I still love bananas.
I can take banana milk as my breakfast everyday, but some said banana is fattening fruit. What do you think?

Bananas consist mainly of sugars (glucose, fructose and sucrose) and fiber, which makes them ideal for an immediate and slightly prolonged source of energy.

1. Reducing Depression

Bananas contain tryptophan, an aminoacid that can be converted to serotonin, leading to improved mood

2. Anemia

Bananas are relatively high in iron, which helps the body's hemoglobin function

3. Constipation and Diarrhea

Due to their content in fiber, they help restore a normal bowel function. In addition, diarrhea usually depletes your body of important electrolytes (of which the most important is potassium, contained in high amounts in bananas). They also contain pectin, a soluble fiber (hydrocolloid) that can help normalize movement through the digestive tract.

4. Eyesight Protection

Research published in the Archives of Ophthalmology has proven that adults consuming at least 3 servings of fruit per day have a reduced risk (by 36%) of developing age-related macular degeneration (ARMD), the primary cause of vision loss in older adults, compared to persons who consume less than 1.5 servings of fruit daily.

5. Healthy Bones

Bananas are an exceptionally rich source of fructooligosaccharide, a compound that nourishes probiotic (friendly) bacteria in the colon. These beneficial bacteria produce enzymes that increase our digestive ability and protect us from unhealthy bacteria infections. Thanks to fructooligosaccharides, probiotic bacteria can increase both in number and functionality, increasing our body's ability to absorb calcium.

In addition, green bananas contain indigestible short chain fatty acids (SCFAs) that are very nutrient to the cells that make up the mucosa of the stomach. These cells, when healthy, absorb calcium much more efficiently

6. Healthy Kidney

About 190,000 cases of kidney cancer are diagnosed each year.

Research published in the International Journal of Cancer has shown that daily consumption of whole fruits and vegetables, especially bananas, is highly protective to kidney health. The results show that, over a long time frame (13.4 years), women eating more than 2.5 servings of fruits and vegetable per day cut their risk of kidney cancer by 40%. Among the fruits, bananas were especially protective. Women eating bananas four to six times a week halved their risk of developing the disease compared to those who did not eat this fruit. The conclusion of the study is that frequent consumption of fruits and vegetables, especially bananas, cabbage and root vegetables, may reduce risk of kidney cancer. This is because bananas and many root vegetables contain especially high amounts of antioxidant phenolic compounds, while cabbage is rich in sulfur, necessary for effective detoxification of potential carcinogens.

8. Blood Pressure

Bananas are extremely high in potassium (about 4673mg), yet very low in sodium (1mg), thus having a perfect ratio for preventing high 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.

9. Heartburn

Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.

10. Morning Sickness

Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood-sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.

11. Smoking

Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. They contain vitamins B6 and B12 they contain, as well as potassium and magnesium: these substances help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.

12. Ulcers

This is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicle cases. It also helps reduce acidity and reduces irritation. Bananas stimulate the cells on the internal stomach lining to produce a thicker mucus (which protects against acid). Additionally, bananas contain protease inhibitors that help eliminate bacteria in the stomach that have been pinpointed as a primary cause of ulcers.

13. Nerves

Bananas are high in B vitamins that have been shows to improve nerve function

14. Mosquito Bites

Many people report that rubbing the inside of a banana peel on a mosquito bite is very effective in reducing itching and swelling

15. Stress Relief

Bananas are high in potassium, which helps normalize the hearth beat and regulate the body's water balance. During periods of high stress, our body's potassium levels tend to be rapidly depleted: eating bananas is a healthy way to re-balance them without using drugs

16. Stroke Risk

According to a study in The New England Journal of Medicine, eating bananas as part of a regular diet can reduce the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%

15 comments:

  1. Wow, I never know bananas have so much benefits! I only know it's good for digestion and able to make us happy ;)

    Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Wow.. a long list of banana benefits. Good sharing! Luckily I eat banana daily, if I don't, might lead to depression because got this big cheese in my office

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  3. Wow, you are really health conscious! Yes, I like bananas too, especially berangan type. I also make Juan Or eat bananas if he didn't shit for few days.

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  4. Your banana milk looks so delicious. Yum Yum. I never knew that a banana has so many usages. I'll keep in the mind the banana peel for mosquito bites :D thanks for sharing.

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  5. din know is such a healthy drink...hehehe...delicious!

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  6. I've heard before that bananas are fattening. But there are alot of benefits though.

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  7. Banana is a super fruit. My home is never without bananas hehe. We LOVE it too! Yesterday, I just made some fruit smoothies with banana too :)

    The HL milk used to have banana flavour some time ago... quite nice.

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  8. wow! i used to eat bananas a lot. and got sick of it. but now go so many benefit. i think i should eat it again then >.<

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  9. I think HL milk has banana flavour but I never tried before as I prefer the plain milk & I love to eat banana too :-)

    Dora

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  10. Hi Sheoh Yan, WOW! I love the new profile pic of yours. Holy Smoke! Thank goodness I'm not driving see you in that dress! Otherwise sure hit back of bus or masuk longkang, ha ha.

    I love that dress, it certainly enhances your already attractive self....must be a YSL or a Dior?
    You sure got good taste in clothing styles Sheoh Yan....
    Hmmmm, under different circumstances, I see you, sure lepas handbrake, ha ha.

    Waaa, see your lovely photo forgot to comment your this banana posting.
    Okay, I love bananas, but not the juice....I eat 3 a day too.

    Once again, Sheoh Yan, you sure look sensational, fabulous in that pic, *wink*.
    Have a nice weekend, and stay young, stay beautiful, Lee.

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  11. Wow, this is nice, wondering if my kids will like it or not.. Both Yan Yan and Heng Heng like bananas

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  12. looks healthy :)

    have an awesome day!!!
    jen @ www.charmoflife.ca

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  13. Wow....banana alone got so many benefits! I think I should go and get a juice blender and try this banana milk. Looks so nice.

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  14. A very informative post, thanks for sharing and yes, banana is simply delicious!;)

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  15. I never try banana + milk before. THe only fruit i mixed with milk is honeydew. Hmm.. should try banana next time. Ya, Banana is quite fattening(high sugar level), try not to take more than one a day.

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