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7 Reasons to eat bananas daily

Plenty more arguments than just sweet.

Bananas are the favourite fruit of many and a staple food for some. For everybody who's trying to keep a healthy eating lifestyle, the banana is an inseparable part, as it brings clear benefits for digestion and metabolism, while giving us a burst of energy. Studies have shown that eating two bananas can supercharge you enough for a 90-minute intensive workout, so it's no wonder that the banana has been highly valued by the biggest athletes in our time.

But the burst of energy is not the only thing we get from eating bananas. Here are 7 more reasons for you to have them on a daily basis.

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Credit: Berkin Üregen/Unsplash

Reduces your stress

Bananas are beneficial in regulating the daily stress and lower the chances of depression, because they contain triptophan - an essential amino-acid that helps in the production of serotonin (the happiness hormone). Triptophan 5HTP is a serotonin precursor and our bodies can't produce it on their own. So biting on a banana is essentially a bite of happiness.

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Credit: Yoko Correia Nishimiya/Unsplash

Sharpens your vision

The reason bananas are beneficial for your vision is the amount of vitamin A they contain. While it's not a lot, you only need little to keep your cornea clear. As an added bonus, the exact form of vitamin A in bananas helps your eyes light sensitivity. Only two bananas per day can greatly reduce the strain of trying to focus on something in the dark.

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Credit: Greg Rosenke/Unsplash

Keeps your waste system running

Bananas are rich in the so called dissolvable fibres and more specifically - pectin. When pectin dissolves in your intestines, it creates a spongy structural form that gets your wastes down with it, not allowing anything to get stuck, thus reducing waste resistance. So it goes in smoothly and helps everything unnecessary to go out smoothly. Clever fruit.

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Credit: Louis Hansel/Unsplash

Helps you to lose weight

While being rich on compound sugars isn't exactly perfect, this quality makes the banana the one fruit that makes you feel full, even if you've only had one or two. This is due to your body, thinking it has been fed something else (and much more), as it tries to break down those sugars. Breaking those sugars takes time and energy, and even temporarily lowers your blood sugar.

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Credit: Merve Sehirli Nasir/Unsplash

Lowers your blood pressure

Bananas are rich in potassium and they work as a direct blood pressure inhibitor. By helping your kidneys to remove the excess sodium and in terms making your arteries less stiff, it can lower your blood pressure faster than some specialised medication, although not nearly to the same extent. Still, it is something to consider, along with the pills.

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Credit: Victor Kwashie/Unsplash

Fights early anaemia

Bananas have a surprisingly decent iron content, but more importantly - it's the type of iron that our bodies can turn into haemoglobin without much effort. In fact multiple studies have shown a remarkable improvement in haemoglobin levels after eating just a single banana. This is something to consider, especially since processed food takes away a lot of the iron we need.

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Credit: Dainis Graveris/Unsplash

It's an actual antioxidant

Stunningly, the three most powerful antioxidants known to the world are all present in bananas. The most abundant one is the gallocatechin, which in itself creates another antioxidant after being broken down. Reducing oxidative stress keeps your body balance in check and your cells healthy, so they can work on that burger you'll have later. Gallocatechin also has notable anti-inflammatory properties, so taking a banana when ill might help reduce the fever.

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Comments (5)

  • So is right!

      1 month ago
  • They're one of my favorites, I have one almost every day. Even though it's not real bananas, I did make a banana cake (from a box 🀫) the other day and it was divine. I need to make real banana pudding

      1 month ago
  • I like them… sort of, texture is a bit weird though

      1 month ago
  • Nice once the skins are black, and even better in custard.

      1 month ago
  • I've always liked the bananas. They replaced the white sugar in recipes too.

      1 month ago
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