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Going Bananas! You Know You Need To

By Donna Stark

What's bright yellow and considered to be nature's perfect food? Why, a banana, of course! But you already knew that, didn't you? After all, aren't you the one who throws a banana in the blender every morning to "chunk up" your breakfast smoothie and then grabs another one to eat during the long commute? You already know that bananas are tasty, filling, and so darn convenient, but do you also know how healthy they are? I mean, really know? Well, you may never look at a banana the same way again after reading the following health benefits. Take a look.

Keeps You Feeling Full

Bananas are loaded with fiber, which tends to slow down digestion and helps keep you feeling full for a longer period of time. This is one of the top reasons why bananas should always be included in your breakfasts! It's a great way to maintain a healthy weight and to curb those cravings until lunchtime.

Supports Heart Health

Because they are low in salt and high in potassium and fiber, bananas can help lower blood pressure and decrease the risk of heart disease, heart attacks, and strokes. So go ahead and slice some on top of your oatmeal for the perfect start to your day!

Provides Mega-Nutrition

Bananas are a powerhouse when it comes to nutrition and they certainly know how to pack a punch! They are loaded with many of the essential vitamins and minerals that the body needs to function properly and to stay healthy!

Enhances Workouts

If you are looking to enhance your fitness routine, toss a banana into your gym bag! In addition to providing a boost of energy before your workout, bananas can also help to keep your blood sugar levels stable during your exercise. On top of that, they can help to ease both inflammation and those annoying muscle cramps during and after your workouts! 

Replaces Sugar

If you are trying to reduce your sugar intake, yet love baking to your heart's delight, bananas may become your favorite ingredient! One of the best reasons to keep a steady supply of overripe bananas in the kitchen is that they are a natural substitute for sugar. There couldn't be a more perfect way to continue enjoying your homemade sweets.

Easy to Eat

Bananas are usually eaten straight out of their peel, but there are so many other ways you can enjoy their sweet taste. They can be covered in chocolate and frozen for a cool summer treat, they can be pureed into your morning smoothies, and they can even be dehydrated and turned into bite-sized chips! There really is no wrong way to eat them, and since they come in their very own protective cover, adding more nutrition into your days couldn't be any easier!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Spartanburg, S.C.

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