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Facts, Nutrients and Health Benefits of Bananas

Rajan is a botany and chemistry major. He has worked as a poultry breeder for 23 years, breeding layer and broiler parents.

About Bananas

Bananas are a wholesome food and Ayurveda recommends bananas as the first solid food for babies. In India, bananas are among the cheapest and most widely available of all the fruits.

Bananas are considered a holy fruit and in India are distributed as consecrated food. Apart from being a much favourite fruit, bananas are useful in treating a variety of health conditions. They act as a fine tonic, are an instant source of energy being a favourite with athletes too. They are a boon for thin people who wish to gain weight. Bananas also contain a wide array of nutrients in good amounts.

Since bananas are easily digestible they are perfect as a start-up solid food for babies.

In this hub, I will list some amazing health benefits of bananas that most of us would want to derive from any food we consume.

Nutrients In Bananas

100 grams of bananas provide :

  • high calories - 90 calories in an easily digestible form as the sugars are in simple form fructose and sucrose.
  • almost 7% of the daily need for soluble dietary fibre which helps in keeping the bowel function normal.
  • contains flavonoid polyphenolic antioxidants like lutein, zeaxanthin, beta and alpha carotenes.
  • provides 28% of the daily requirement of pyridoxine vitamin B6 which alleviates anaemia and also reduces levels of homocysteine that increases the risk of coronary heart disease and stroke.
  • also provides moderate amounts of vitamin C and good amounts of the minerals copper, manganese and magnesium which keep the heart healthy and the maintain haemoglobin content of the blood.
  • is a very good source of heart-healthy potassium.

Bananas And Heart

The fibre in banana lowers cholesterol as well as slowing down the absorption of sugar, both of which benefit the heart; in the former case, by protecting the arteries while in the latter case, by controlling the blood sugar levels and thus reducing the risk of problems related to the heart.

The high potassium levels decrease high blood pressure which again is beneficial in regulating heart health. Another bonus is its very low sodium content.

Moreover, the decent amounts of Vitamin B6 they contain break down the homocysteine; an amino acid, whose high levels increase risk of heart disease, thus again benefiting the heart.
A medium-sized banana or two every day is good for the heart.

Bananas And Cancer

Bananas have the maximum anticancer effects among all fruits. Research by Japanese scientists has revealed that the fully ripe bananas, the ones having dark spots or patches on their skins, produce a substance called TNF (tumour necrosis factor) that combats abnormal cells like the ones found in cancer.

It was also found that the greater the number of dark patches, the higher the anti-cancer effect of the banana.

Bananas For Digestion

Bananas offer soothing and healing benefits to the entire digestive system. Being easy to digest they are a wonderful source of nutrients to those who have weak digestive systems.

Bananas contain fructooligosaccharides that are prebiotics. Prebiotics have been found to act as food for the probiotics and thus ensure the sustenance and colonization of the beneficial bacteria in the gut AND fructooligosaccharides do just that. The predominance of the beneficial bacteria leads to better digestive health and reduction in harmful bacteria.

Bananas are antacid in action and thus benefit by preventing ulcers and the damage caused by them and a mixture of bananas and milk suppress acid secretion. Bananas also benefit both in constipation and diarrhoea.

A healthy gut also ensures that nutrients from other foods are absorbed well thus leading to better health overall.

Bananas And Diabetes

The American Diabetes Association says one can eat bananas even if one has diabetes. Since they contain varying amounts of carbohydrates from low to high depending upon their size, the carbohydrate content the bananas provide must be taken into account in planning a diet for a diabetic. Underripe bananas should be preferred over the overripe ones as they produce a lower glycemic response.

Do not eat bananas as a part of desserts. Instead, eat it in fresh or frozen, canned or dried form.

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Bananas And Cholesterol

The soluble fiber pectin found in bananas reduces cholesterol.absorption. Also, bananas contain no cholesterol themselves.

Banana Allergy

Banana allergy is not so common but those affected by it must avoid eating bananas.

Those having latex allergy may be sensitive to the allergens in bananas as the allergens are similar. The symptoms may include hives, abdominal pains, vomiting and even anaphylactic shock that can be fatal though such a severe reaction is rare.

The other type of allergy is akin to birch pollen allergy with itching and inflammatory lesions predominantly in the area of the mouth and throat.

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Disclaimer

The information provided in this hub is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your physician, or health care provider before taking any home remedies, supplements or starting a new health regime.

A wonderful recipe for Banana cake by hubber Esther Strong

Some of my hubs on healthy foods

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2012 Rajan Singh Jolly

Comments

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 30, 2013:

Thanks for the read, share and linking, Esther. I'm glad you like the information.

Esther Strong from UK on July 30, 2013:

I also love bananas and so this is such an essential read. Will link this to my Banana Cake recipe. Voted up and sharing.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on January 29, 2013:

MargaritaEden, glad you like this info about bananas. Thanks for stopping by.

MargaritaEden from Oregon on January 27, 2013:

Very interesting hub Rajan, very practical too, I have never heard that ripe bananas help fight tumor cells, I will definitely have to look into this closer. Thanks for the great hub!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on January 15, 2013:

Thanks for your useful feedback Missy! Much appreciated.

Missy Mac from Illinois on January 15, 2013:

I love bananas! They help me manage Diabetes.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on January 04, 2013:

Thanks Mahesh.

Mahesh Mohan from India on January 04, 2013:

great hub thank you for sharing voted up...........

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 28, 2012:

You are very right about these orangutangs Anna. Bananas are indeed very healthy and glad you love them too.

Thanks for stopping by.

Anna Sternfeldt from Svenljunga, Sweden on December 28, 2012:

I love bananas and I know they are good for you. And in this hub I get the proof. Our relatives, the orangutangs, live a lot on this fruit and they are big and strong, so..they have made a good choice :-)

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 16, 2012:

Patricia, nice to know you share the love for this amazing fruit. It is so universally available and cheap that one can have no excuse not to eat it. I'm sure your grandchild has fallen in love with the banana too. God Bless and take care!

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on December 16, 2012:

Love bananas. I always have them here for me and for my grandbaby. He used to like for me to cut them for him but not at 2 and 1/2 he likes a whole one to carry around. And he will hold onto it till it is all done. I eat them for more than one reason...like 'em but also they have good stuff in them as you have cited. I know when I have not had enough as I will get charlie horses so then I remember my bananas. Thanks for sharing this information.

I was especially interested in the information you shared about India and the importance of them there. Sending Angels to you and yours :) ps

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 14, 2012:

@ sweetie - I certainly agree. Many now agree that banana could well be healthier than an apple so that the saying a banana a day can keep the doc away. Appreciate your comments and visit. Thanks for sharing.

@ Chaz - glad you like the info! Thanks for coming by.

iguidenetwork from Austin, TX on December 13, 2012:

One of my favorites.. An energy-packed fruit that comes in a "wrap". Thanks for sharing the health benefits of this amazing fruit. :)

sweetie1 from India on December 13, 2012:

A friend of mine who is dentist always said that they should change the an apple a day to a banana a day keeps doctor away as it is such a rich source of not only vitamins but also minerals, fibers and carbs. It is also an instant source of energy as we can always see tennis players eating it in the breaks. One thing that surprised me in your wonderful hub was that some people are allergic to bananas. Voting it up and sharing.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 10, 2012:

@ Linda - You are right! Bananas are wonderfully tasty and help the digestion too. Thanks for coming by.

@ Brett - Well, that's good to hear. Thanks for the votes and sharing and tweeting.

@ lovedoctor - Thanks for your input and visit.

lovedoctor926 on December 09, 2012:

I love bananas. I usually eat one with a meal. The ones with the brown patches I don't like too much. It's interesting that these are the ones that have the anti-cancer agents. For energy, try a banana and diet coke. Great hub!

Brett C from Asia on December 09, 2012:

Another awesome hub and voted so. I've been including bananas in my breakfast for a while and really notice the benefits. Bananas and peanut butter on toast .... tastes good and healthy!

Shared, up, awesome, and tweeted.

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on December 09, 2012:

Bananas are delicious! According to Dr. Oz they also help get rid of the bloat. Oh yes, that uncomfortable bloated feeling in the gut. Excellent hub Rajan!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 06, 2012:

Maggie, thanks for getting inspired to eat a banana a day. I appreciate your sparing time to read, comment and vote. Thanks.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 06, 2012:

That's good to hear, Linda.

Linda Crist from Central Virginia on December 06, 2012:

Rajan - no worries. I monitor my glucose very closely. :-)

maggs224 from Sunny Spain on December 06, 2012:

A very interesting and informative hub I have enjoyed reading this very much. I am even more determined to make a banana a daily part of my diet thank you for the information :D

I shall be voting up and hitting the relevant buttons on my way out

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 06, 2012:

@ Millionaire Tips - I hope this info has inspired you to partake more of this healthy fruit. Thanks for reading.

@ Linda - I hope you check this out with your doctor before you go for it. Thanks for stopping by.

@ Marlene - I'm glad you could relate to why you get sick by eating bananas. It is always best to stop consuming foods that do not suit one's body. appreciate your visit and comments.

@ Javier - thanks for dropping by.

@ tebo - of course bananas are yummy, filling and healthy. Thanks for visiting.

@ Eddy - I'm glad you enjoyed reading this. Thanks for coming by.

@ shiningirisheyes - Thanks for the appreciation my friend. Always a pleasure to get your comments.

@ datarecoverymumbai - thanks & i'm glad you like these tips.

@ unknown spy - Thanks Mycee.

Life Under Construction from Neverland on December 05, 2012:

good for the heart :) must include this on my diet.

datarecoverymumbai on December 05, 2012:

Right....it's very Amazing Tips on the health benefits of Banana..

Shining Irish Eyes from Upstate, New York on December 05, 2012:

Rajan my friend - You have composed a very interesting and informative write about a favorite of mine - bananas. Great job.

Eiddwen from Wales on December 05, 2012:

Thanks for this interesting and useful read rajan .

Enjoy your day.

Eddy.

tebo from New Zealand on December 05, 2012:

Thanks for all this healthy information about banana consumption. I often reach for a banana if I feel hungry - they are quite filling aren't they. I can easily eat more than two bananas in a day. They are yummy.

actionbronson on December 04, 2012:

Great hub! Definitely an interesting read. Definitely enjoyed reading about how it helped prevent cancer.

Marlene Bertrand from USA on December 04, 2012:

I didn't know much of the information you provided here about bananas. It appears they are quite healthy. I like bananas, but I would only be able to eat half before getting sick. Now, after reading your information, I will look more into the possibility that (since I have latex allergies) I might be allergic to bananas. I learn such valuable information reading your articles. Thanks.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 04, 2012:

Vespawoolf, glad you found the cold pressed castor oil. Now you can avail its many benefits. Also glad to note you consume banana every morning. It's the best way to start off a day. Thank you for reading my hubs regularly.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on December 04, 2012:

A banana a day keeps the doctor away! ha My grandfather had ulcers when I was a child and he used to eat a banana and milk to soothe his stomach. I didn't realize bananas were good for so many things, though. We have one every morning in our smoothie. BTW, I found cold pressed castor oil! Thank you for all your helpful hubs. : )

Linda Crist from Central Virginia on December 03, 2012:

Rajan, you are like having a personal nutritionist. As a Type II diabetic, I have trouble getting fruit into my diet. I love bananas and think the under-ripe banana might be a good solution. I manage my sugars quite well but worry sometimes about the fruit issue. I think you have solved my problem. Wonderful hub, as usual.

Shasta Matova from USA on December 03, 2012:

Bananas are easily found in the United States throughout the year as well. I wasn't aware of all the wonderful properties. Voted up.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 02, 2012:

@ Aman - I agree Banana is one of the largest provider of potassium for our body. Thanks for visit and input.

@ Melaine - Yes, bananas can be used in a variety of ways both ripe and unripe. Appreciate your input, visit and sharing the hub.

@ Carol - Thanks for sharing your thoughts and glad to see you visit. Thank you.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 02, 2012:

@ Aurelio - I'm glad you like bananas. Thanks for the visit and comments.

@ Bill - I'll keep your suggestion in mind and one day when I have a decent number of these health articles, I'll get down to working them into an ebook. I appreciate your visit and comments.

@ dailytop - thanks for the visit and laugh! Have a nice day!

@ flash - Great to know you like the info. Thanks for dropping in.

flashmakeit from usa on December 02, 2012:

This article is going to make me go out and buy some bananas. I did not know it had so many benefits for your health. Thank you for this useful article.

dailytop10 from Davao City on December 02, 2012:

Banana's in Pajamas! hehehe..Thank your sharing a very informative hub! It encouraged me to come visit my uncle and ask for some bananas in his farm. Good luck and God bless!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on December 02, 2012:

Hooray! I love it when you write about something I actually eat! It makes me feel healthier all of a sudden. LOL Great information as always; you should make an ebook of all these health articles. Well done!

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on December 02, 2012:

I like bananas because they're so convenient to eat and are tasty. Glad they're associate with all these health benefits. It's good to know that even diabetics can eat them. Voting this Up and Useful.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 02, 2012:

Naturally ripe is the best way Harsha, at least without the use of chemicals.

Harsha Vardhana R from Bangalore on December 02, 2012:

Thank you, Rajan!

The information is helpful in clearing many myths like it is to be avoided for diabetes, heart and fat issues.

Regarding TNF factor, what is the best mode for dark patches? Some have more from the plant itself or some after ripe due to time or artificial methods.

Up!

carol stanley from Arizona on December 02, 2012:

As always I am always happy when you write a new health driven hub. My problem is that bananas are probably the one fruit I don't like. I try to have one occasionally because I know of the benefits...They are an amazing fruit. Great job as always on your research and well written hubs.

Melanie Chisnall from Cape Town, South Africa on December 02, 2012:

I love eating bananas! They're delicious, filling, healthy and you don't have to wash or cut it...just simply peel and eat. And there are so many ways to eat it. Cooked, fried, baked, etc. This was a great article! Voted up and sharing! :)

Aman Thakur from India on December 02, 2012:

This is really a very useful information on the health benefits of Bananas. Banana is one of my favourtes fruits. One thing here I want to add is that Banan is full of potassium ions which helps you to be active for whole of the day if 1 banana is consumed every morning.

Voting up.

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