I try to eat 1 or 2 bananas each day. To me, bananas are one of God’s miracle foods, like garlic, turmeric, cinnamon, and goji berries.
I learned more about the benefits of eating bananas than I ever imagined a few years ago while working at Whole Foods Market. I really enjoyed this job, especially the residual benefits of becoming well-versed in healthy lifestyles and the health benefits of eating produce.
This only complemented what I learned from meticulously attending to my elderly mother’s health, as well as my own.
Gaining this knowledge was yet another example of how we can help each other by sharing such knowledge. Working at Whole Foods Market, I met many people who were deep into their wellness journey, who were eager to share information with me. It’s really interesting how we seemingly secretly exchange information about natural healing as if it is government classified information. That should not be so.
I had been on a holistic healing journey for many years but working in WFM’s produce department certainly elevated my health knowledge. Because customers were generally astute, I have to do my homework, research so that I knew what I was talking to others about. This included learning the benefits of exotic fruits and vegetables. ‘
Eventually, health and lifestyle became evangelistic for me. I strongly believe that living a healthy lifestyle is an aspect of Spirituality. When I learn of the uncommonly known benefits of fruits and vegetables, without man’s intervention, it confirmed that God wants us to live healthily and naturally.
Natural health benefits should be common knowledge to all. Health should become spiritual for us all. That way, it will become more cognizant of our deviations from what is best for our body temples.
It is my hope that I, and other bloggers, can propagate such ‘secret’ truths. Kevy
I told customers for years that buying organic bananas was not necessary, because bananas are not on the Dirty Dozen List.
EWG’s 2021 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™ – By EWG Science Team – MARCH 17, 2021
Over 90 Percent of Non-Organic Citrus Fruits Contain Fungicides Linked to Cancer and Hormone Disruption
|EWG’S DIRTY DOZEN FOR 2021 – BUY ORGANIC||EWG’S CLEAN FIFTEEN FOR 2021 – CONVENTIONAL OKAY|
|1. Strawberries||1. Avocados|
|2. Spinach||2. Sweet corn|
|3. Kale, collard and mustard greens||3. Pineapple|
|4. Nectarines||4. Onions|
|5. Apples||5. Papaya|
|6. Grapes||6. Sweet peas (frozen)|
|7. Cherries||7. Eggplant|
|8. Peaches||8. Asparagus|
|9. Pears||9. Broccoli|
|10. Bell and hot peppers||10. Cabbage|
|11. Celery||11. Kiwi|
|12. Tomatoes||12. Cauliflower|
|14. Honeydew melon|
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Well, one day a customer educated me on this not being totally accurate information. Buying Organic Bananas is important depending on how you eat them. She told me that you could eat banana peels, and that in doing so, you would get more nutrients from banana peels than eating the fruit alone. Therefore, in this case, you should buy organic bananas.
I wondered about this; well, how do you eat banana peels?
She told me that you could put the peels into the food processor, or Silver Bullet, in smoothies and you would never know that it included the peels, but your body, and mind, will know that it’s received an extra dose of nutrition. When eating the peels, buying organic bananas is necessary. I only recommend eating conventional bananas when eating them alone and not eating the peeling.
I researched what the customer told me and found that she was correct. I immediately started adding the whole banana to my smoothies. The riper the banana is, the better. This too causes the banana’s nutrition to be strengthened.
An Overripe Banana Is VERY Good For Health; Here’s Why – Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Throw Away An Overripe Banana – India Today – April 2018
Most people tend to throw away overripe bananas, fearing they would no longer be fresh, and therefore, not fit to eat. Although overripe bananas may not really look very appetizing–the fruit turns soggy while the banana peel may turn black or brown–they are very good for our health. Read More
I already knew that spotted bananas had more potassium than ones without spots, so finding the benefits of ripe bananas was no surprise.
What I wanted to confirm, though, was whether it was wise to eat the peels. Well, she was correct! Now, I slice my bananas, with the peel intact, and put the disks in the freeze, along with broccoli stems, apples, lettuce, spinach, juicing pulp, and many fruit and veggie scraps. I don’t throw much away when it comes to fruits and veggies. To the smoothie, I usually add probiotics, protein powder, and mega food powders, as well.
Bananas get a bad rap for their sugar content. …Not to worry.
Fiber mitigates sugar spites. Bananas are rich in fiber alone, but adding more fiber to smoothies slaps the sugar in its tracks.
Can fiber prevent & control diabetes?- Ms. Sushma Jaiswal – Sep 6, 2017 – Doctors’ Circle – World’s Largest Health Platform
But Banana Can Also Prevent You From Going Bananas!
There are studies that support a correlation between mental illness, and mineral deficiency. Bananas are rich in minerals, particularly Magnesium and Potassium. Bananas also contain the amino acid tryptophan, and vitamin B6, which helps the body synthesize serotonin and vitamin B3, which act as a neurotransmitter. Eating cashew nuts do the same thing, as likely other fruits and grains do. The key is the mineral, tryptophan, and B6 content.
So, if you are down and out, or feel you are losing your mind, eat bananas (with the peel), take a hand of cashews, and you just may not have that mental breakdown. LOL.
Here are other benefits of eating bananas:
- They Lower Cholesterol
- Bananas Helps Poop due to its fiber, and therefore can aid weight loss
- Bananas have more Antioxidants with the peel than eating just the fruit alone
- They are great for eye health
- Reduce Cardiovascular Risks
- Reduces Stress
Are Bananas Healthy – Should You Be Eating Bananas – 243,406 views –
Dr. Josh Axe – Published on Jul 23, 2013
Today on The Chopping Block, our special guest is the banana. One of the most common questions I get from people is: Are bananas good for me? While bananas have great health benefits, they do have a higher sugar content compared to other fruits. Bananas are teetering on the edge of the chopping block.
Negatives of Bananas:
- Bananas contain a lot of sugar, very little protein, and no healthy fat.
- -1 medium-sized banana contains 27 grams of carbohydrates—14 grams of which are sugar—only 1 gram of protein, and 0 grams of fat.
- -Bananas, when eaten alone, may affect blood sugar levels.
- -Bananas are higher on the glycemic index, so they tend to affect insulin and blood sugar more than other fruits, such as berries.
Benefits of Bananas:
- Bananas are one of the most potassium-rich foods in the world.
- Bananas are rich in electrolytes to help fuel the cells.
- 1 banana contains 500 milligrams of potassium and 32 milligrams of magnesium.
- Bananas are lower on the glycemic index and have a lower amount of carbohydrates than whole grains.
- Bananas are a great source of fiber.
- Bananas are real food—unprocessed and unhybridized.
- For people who are trying to lose weight or have digestive issues or sensitive blood sugar, bananas are not the best option but still better than whole grains.
- For people who are athletic, lean, and healthy, bananas are a great option.
People around the world are eating banana peels — here’s why you should too – 16,308 views – Business Insider – Published on Oct 9, 2015
Most banana peels end up in the trash, but they can do a lot of good in your stomach. Not only do banana skins contain valuable nutrients, but they can also taste good as well. Produced by Alex Kuzoian. Original reporting by Jessica Orwig.
Health Benefits of Eating Banana PEELS! – 156,769 views – Bite Size Vegan – Published on Sep 22, 2014
Did you know there are benefits to eating the peels of bananas? I give you a rundown of the health benefits and show you the weird way I eat bananas. From antioxidant power to weight loss to eyesight, eating banana peels can give you the boost you need.
Does Fiber Cancel Out Carbs? – Apr 4, 2018 – Dr. Eric Berg DC
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Can bananas help depression? – Science She Wrote – Published on Oct 10, 2016
Just in time for World Mental Health Day my latest video discusses whether bananas can help depression. If you are dealing with depression or know someone who is dealing with depression, please check out the below links for help and information:
Natural Remedies for Depression – Dr. Josh Axe – Published on Mar 22, 2016
Natural Remedies for Depression
Some of the top ways to beat depression are through diet, supplementation and lifestyle changes.
Stay away from sugars, processed grains, hydrogenated oils, packaged foods, and artificial sweeteners. Focus on healing and sealing your gut by eating the following foods:
- Omega-3-rich foods – Salmon, grass-fed beef, chia seeds, flax seeds, walnuts, and avocado
- Healthy saturated fats such as coconut oil
- Nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables – Berries, green leafy vegetables and cruciferous vegetables
- Bone Broth to heal gut lining – http://draxe.com/recipe/chicken-bone-…
- 1) Vitamin D3 – 5,000 IU/day or direct sunlight for 30 minutes/day
- 2) Magnesium – 500mg/day
- 3) B-complex
- 4) Others include John’s Wort or Ylang Ylang essential oil
Additional Support for Depression:
- 1) Exercise – Serotonin release can lift your mood in just 20 minutes/3 times a week.
- 2) Probiotic-rich foods will heal and seal your gut.
- 3) Address and write down your stressors as well as things that bring you joy in life. Schedule in things you love each week such as finding a good community and connecting with friends regularly.
Articles and Posts
11 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Bananas – Adda Bjarnadottir – MS, RDN (Ice) – October 18, 2018
The Bottom Line
Bananas are a popular fruit that happens to provide numerous health benefits. Among other things, they may boost digestive and heart health due to their fiber and antioxidant content. They may even aid weight loss, as they’re relatively low-calorie and nutrient-dense. Ripe bananas are a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth. What’s more, both yellow and green bananas can keep you healthy and feeling full. Read More
The Power of Potassium – Posted by admin on May 4, 2015 – in Anti-Anxiety, Anti-Depressant, Food-Mood Connection
Potassium is a major mineral and critical electrolyte that is abundantly present in seawater (and sea salt) and soil. Potassium contains a positive electrical charge and works closely with chloride in regulating blood pressure and PH balance. Potassium is necessary for the heart, kidneys, and other organs to work normally. Potassium allows our muscles to move, our nerves to fire, and our kidneys to filter blood. The right balance of potassium allows the heart to beat. Read More
The Health Benefits of Bananas – Joan Raymond – Medically Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava, MD on July 17, 2020 – Web MD
A feast of fiber: It’s no secret that the right amount of fiber in your diet is good for you. An average-size ripe banana gives you 3 grams of it. That’s about 10% of what you need each day. Most of the fiber in bananas is what’s called soluble fiber. It can help keep your cholesterol and blood pressure in check, and help ease inflammation. Green bananas are full of something called resistant starch. It acts like insoluble fiber, which is the kind that can help keep your bowels working at their best. Resistant starch also helps lower your blood sugar. In general, foods that are high in fiber make you feel full without extra calories. That also makes them a good choice if you want to shed a few pounds. Read More
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