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My World Went Bananas – An Addendum

June 2012
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Back in April I wrote about the benefits I’ve experienced in eating a steady supply of bananas.  I just got this week’s Peter’s Principles and the case for a banana a day (right before the apple a day) is getting stronger:

“Recently, researchers from Appalachian State University’s Human Performance Lab revealed even more benefits for atheletes.

The researchers found that the bananas provided the cyclists with more antioxidants  and a bigger nutritional boost including fiber, potassium and Vitamin B6 than sports drinks. Bananas offer benefits to everyone:

  • Bananas are rich in potassium,      a vital mineral for the maintenance of the heart and nervous system.      Potassium is necessary for muscular activities including normal pumping of      the heart, digestion, and muscular movement.  The potassium in bananas      also benefits kidneys and bones and it suppresses calcium excretion in      urine, minimizing the risk of kidney stones and osteoporosis. Most      Americans don’t get enough potassium in their diet. Eating a banana every      day will give you a leg up toward reaching that goal!
  • Bananas contain tryptophan,      which helps the body produce serotonin. Serotonin has a soothing effect on      the brain and actually acts as a mild sedative.
  • Bananas are an excellent source      of vitamin B6, which plays an important role in converting tryptophan to      serotonin, and the production of hemoglobin, a necessary component of      blood. Essential for antibody production, vitamin B6 also helps maintain      proper blood sugar levels by converting carbohydrates to glucose.
  • Bananas are part of the BRAT      diet, BRAT stands for Bananas, Rice Cereal, Applesauce, and Toast, and is      often recommended for children recovering from gastrointestinal problems.
  • Bananas are good source of      dietary fiber, one medium-sized banana contains 16% of the daily      recommended dietary fiber intake for a normal adult! Fiber-rich diets have      also been linked to lower risk of coronary heart disease and type 2      diabetes.
  • Bananas are an exceptionally      rich source of the prebiotic fructooligosaccharide, which supports      probiotic bacteria in the colon.”

Enough said.

 


3 Comments

  1. bikevcar says:

    I’m a banana fan too. But I’m still not sure how I feel when I see cyclists throw banana skins into the bushes when riding. I know they’ll decompose and that putting the skin back in your jersey pocket will leave a nasty mush, but it doesn’t seem right.

    • bgddyjim says:

      I don’t bring ’em on rides. I can see pitching the skins into weeds on the side of a country road, but anywhere they can be seen is bad form.

  2. Jamey Nicholl says:

    Vitamin B is more often referred to today as the B vitamins to better relate that it is actually a group of 8 different vitamins, with varying functions and sources. B vitamins, like vitamin C, are water soluble, which means that extra levels of B vitamins are excreted by the body, though small amounts are stored in the liver and toxicity, while rare, is possible.:

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