After becoming a raw vegan, I realized that I needed to take time to discover which foods I liked since most of my diet had not previously been comprised of fresh fruits and vegetables. In trying a wide variety of such foods, I discovered that the banana is my favorite fruit. Luckily, bananas are an incredibly beneficial fruit for me to consume. And they will be for you, too. Here’s why:
One of the reasons I like bananas is that they are easily portable. You can fit them in bookbag or purse without hassle. Additionally, you don’t have to worry about the banana leaking onto the other items in your bag as you would with boxed leftovers and various other food types. The only time in which a banana might present a substantive challenge when traveling is if it becomes smashed and subsequently splatters onto other things. Yet this problem is easily solved by chopping them up and placing them in a Ziploc bag.
As many health experts know, bananas are rich in potassium. According to The World’s Healthiest Foods, each banana contains 12% of our DV. Potassium is important for many reasons, including the fact that it plays an integral role in maintaining our heart function and facilitating normal blood pressure. Bananas are also believed to help promote bone health. They may offer us this additional health boost by counteracting the urinary calcium most Americans lose as a result of their high-salt diets. In so doing, potassium can preclude our bones from becoming too thin.
In discussing the health benefits of bananas, The World’s Healthiest Foods notes that the bananas have antacid effects that can protect us from stomach ulcers as well as ulcer damage. In a study on the subject, a mixture of banana and milk was found to suppress the secretion of acid significantly. A research study on animals also revealed that bananas protected the stomachs of the animals from wounds. The banana’s protective ability results from the fact that it contains substances which activate cells of the stomach lining such that they create a thick protective mucus which acts as a barrier against stomach acids. Additionally, bananas contain a compound called protease inhibitors which help rid our bodies of stomach bacteria that have been identified as a factor precipitating stomach ulcers.
As many health experts know, bananas are an incredibly nutritious food that many people also find delicious. For this reason, making them an integral part of your diet is a very prudent decision to make. Have fun eating them alone or blending them into delicious smoothies. Good luck! :)
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