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Going Bananas

A friend sent this to me this morning, via old-fashioned e-mail, and I thought I’d share it with you before we race to the market to buy out all the bananas!

A professor at CCNY for a physiological psych class told his class about bananas. He said the expression “going bananas” is from the effects of bananas on the brain. Read on:

Never, put your banana in the refrigerator!!!
After reading this, you’ll never look at a banana in the same way again.

Bananas contain three natural sugars – sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy.

Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world’s leading athletes.

But energy isn’t the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.

Depression: According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.

PMS: Forget the pills – eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.

Anemia : High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.

Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit’s ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.

Brain Power: 200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school ( England ) were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.

Constipation: High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.

Hangovers: One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey.. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.

Heartburn: Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.

Morning Sickness: Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.

Mosquito bites: Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.

Nerves: Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.

Overweight and at work? Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and chips. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.

Ulcers: The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.

Temperature control: Many other cultures see bananas as a “cooling” fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand , for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer tryptophan.

Smoking &Tobacco Use: Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6, B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.

Stress: Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body’s water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.

Strokes: According to research in The New England Journal of Medicine, eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%!

Warts: Those keen on natural alternatives swear that if you want to kill off a wart, take a piece of banana skin and place it on the wart, with the yellow side out. Carefully hold the skin in place with a plaster or surgical tape!

So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrate, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around So maybe its time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, “A banana a day keeps the doctor away!”

PS: Bananas must be the reason monkeys are so happy all the time! I will add one here; want a quick shine on our shoes?? Take the INSIDE of the banana skin, and rub directly on the shoe…polish with dry cloth. Amazing fruit !!!

March 31, 2008 - Posted by | Diet / Weight Loss, Health Issues, Shopping


  1. Hhehe I was eating a banana when I saw your post. I try to have a banana every morning, they are sooo good with anything, I could write a poem to the luscious yellow chiqita. Nice post, I like informative posts.

    Comment by Loca in Kuwait | March 31, 2008 | Reply

  2. Wow, yummy and nutritious post…I tell you people, if you will visit Philippines, you will be able to taste different kinds of bananas, most of the local bananas there are far more yummier than the one you found here in Kuwait, sad to say that those kinds cannot be exported since they will be rotten quickly unlike the chiquita which can be preserved for a longer period.

    Comment by rieaane | March 31, 2008 | Reply

  3. I love Bananas!!! I started to bring one with me to work every morning .. I get made fun of by the guys but now I know its healthier for me!

    Comment by Chirp | March 31, 2008 | Reply

  4. Loca – write the poem! 😉

    Rieanne – I am sure you are right – I have heard it is very beautiful, too. I remember living in Tunis, when bananas came in one time a year – for the Eid al Kebir. We TREASURED bananas, they were so special and rare. I grew plantains – not the same.

    Chirp – I used to, until the kids teased me like only monkeys eat bananas, then I could only eat them at home! I still love them sliced up in a bowl of cereal, and there is also an old fashioned kind of banana pudding made with vanilla cookies everyone loves.

    Comment by intlxpatr | March 31, 2008 | Reply

  5. check out the kuwait times today:

    Let’s go bananas
    By Badrya Darwish
    April 02, 2008

    I think my readers deserve a break this week from distressing articles about Condi and Iran and the Arab Summit and nuclear issues and corrupt politicians etc, etc. Instead, I thought I’ll take you on a light conspiracy theory. I read this week an article on a blog talking about bananas. Mention bananas and I’ll tell you you’re going bananas. And it’s true, I found out that it’s very good for the brain. According to information in an email posted by the expat blogger, Here, There and Everywhere, bananas are a sort of magic medicine.

    She listed an endless list of benefits of the fruit. For instance, for the brain, to calm you down, for the nervous system because it has vitamin B, for depression, for constipation, for blood pressure, for morning sickness. Even for mosquito bites, bananas will help reduce the swelling. For overweight people, bananas help control blood sugar and craving for sweets.

    By now, I thought it would stop because it covers many areas of health. But no, the article goes on and on. For ulcers, because it helps cover the lining of the stomach and reduces irritation. And imagine temperature control! I’m not kidding. But honestly speaking guys, I have a flu and I’m running a temperature. Should I try and eat a dozen bananas rather than take Panadol?

    According to the article, bananas are good also for seasonal affective disorders. Do you think the whole of Kuwait should go and eat bananas to avoid the depression of sand and dust storms of the last two weeks? You open the window in the morning to see the sun and the whole earth around you is orange and dusty. You immediately close the windows and feel like you want to crawl back into bed and hide from the day. Do you think bananas can help us?

    And look at that. Also for smoking and tobacco users! Oh my God, now it’s a bit too much, guys. Then the Arab and the Third World should be number one consumers of bananas. OK, stress is similar to depression. Strokes, just imagine it. People who eat bananas have a 40 percent less chance of dying from a stroke! Last and not least, warts. To avoid having these ugly swellings, rub them with a piece of the banana skin. Eat the banana first!

    Doesn’t this sound like a magical, natural medicine to you? You know what, I want to ask to be an agent to sell bananas in Kuwait. And I’ll keep advertising all this information every day in the newspaper. Don’t be surprised if you see queues at the Sultan Center and the co-ops at the banana section. I think the nation is already going bananas.
    Have a banana evening.

    Comment by Q8gypsy | April 2, 2008 | Reply

  6. LLLLOOOLLLLLL! Thank you, Q8Gypsy. What a hoot.

    I’ve been buried in receipts and client worksheets all day, grumbling and moaning and working on taxes. I haven’t had a chance to read the newspaper! Total hoot, such a trivial post and she doesn’t even give my blog address. LLLOOOOLLLLL! She left out the part about shining your shoes! LMAO!

    Comment by intlxpatr | April 2, 2008 | Reply

  7. Yes, I think eating Banana is really helps to keep my stamina and endurance alive, I do this every other day:

    Jumping Rope:
    – for 5 minutes…

    Decline Abdominal Crunches
    Reverse Abdominal Crunches
    Lying Reverse Abdominal Crunches
    Abdominal Flutter Kicks
    Pull for Abdominal Force
    Parallel Bar Abdominal Knee Raises
    Dead lifts
    Incline Barbell Bench Press
    Barbell Bench Press
    Decline Barbell Bench Press
    One Arm Front Deltoid Dumbbell Raises
    Twisting Dumbbell Presses
    Machine Deltoid Military Presses
    Dumbbell Concentration Curls
    Wide Grip Pulldowns

    6-8 sets of 3 reps (don’t train to failure)

    I eat BANANA an hour before and after, to add with Whey protein. It helps me on a healthy diet solutions.

    Comment by Kj Malc | May 13, 2009 | Reply

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