Tuesday, October 6, 2009

This $#!% Is Bananas!!!

Normally I hate finding forwards in my email, but my parents are pretty selective when it comes to what what they send me and I found this to be extremely interesting!

It was all about just how amazing bananas really are! I love them because they don't seem to hurt my tummy, and now I have answers on just why it is so :)

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

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.

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"
(not so hot ;)

Apparently the inside of the banana peel can also get your shoes shiny! Bananas! If you found this post to rot your mind, enjoy this old but classic rejected family commercial from Don Hertzfeldt. :)

I wanted to also add "Peanut Butter Jelly Time!" but couldn't find the original anime of it. ;)


Naddy Sane said...

I think i may start eating more bananas , Thanks this was very interesting. :D

nad xx

Rockinon said...

Interesting post but you may be working too hard, or too few bananas. Your colour isn't good. You look a bit blue green. (I took the picture into Photoshop, with the eye dropper set to one pixel, I found the brightest white pixel (it looked cyanish), enlarged the image, and then set white using that pixel. A bit more tweaking and your healthy look returned. This is a trick I used while working the EPD at The London Free Press. As long as the white is brighter than most other tones, this trick may work. If other tones are brighter, then this will blow out those highlights - not good.

Unknown said...

Yeah! I thought it was very interesting! I was good and had myself 2 of them today. So, happy you liked it too, Naddy! :D

Thank you so much for the advice, as I am not much of a photoshopper, but I'll have you know I just learned at the doctor's that I am - indeed - malnourished :) I guess I need a few more rides on the banana boat and truckloads of iron. :)


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