There're many types of bananas. However, in essence, bananas are divided into two major groups: directly edible and needly processed.
There're people who use a banana as a dessert. Some are making it as a staple food. Not surprisingly, consumption of bananas is very high. Banana was turning out to have been a part of human diet since hundreds of years ago.
Similar to coconut trees, bananas are multifunctional, starting from the root for medicine, stem for rafts and ropes, leaves for wrapping, and, of course, the fruit, even the mixture of young banana and cleansing cream can be used to patch a leaking gas tank.
In addition to the high carbohydrates, banana is also rich in vitamins and minerals with low fats. Due to the low fats, banana is a fruit much recommended for elderly people and those have super weights.
Vitamin A is beneficial for eye health. Vitamin B1 (thiamine) plays a role in energy-producing reactions. Lack of thiamine can cause polyneuritis due to the disruptions of the energy-shorted nerve transmissions. Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) and B6 play an important role in body's metabolic processes. Lack of riboflavin can cause symptoms of damaged skin, impaired motor nerves, as well as abnormalities in blood.
Meanwhile, vitamin B12 is a vitamin that has a very complex molecule and plays a role in keeping our body's cells to function normally, especially gastrointestinal tract, nervous system, and bone marrow. Vitamin C serves as an antioxidant that plays a role in arresting free radicals, the cause of aging and the appearance of cancer cells.
High potassium in bananas is one mineral that can help to lower blood pressure. Also, magnesium, in addition to lower blood pressure, prevents irregular heartbeat. Meanwhile, chromium in bananas is a micronutrient to boost activities of enzymes in metabolism of glucose for energy and synthesis of fatty acid and cholesterol.
Banana flesh is very soft and contains fats and oil that makes this fruit easy to digest without causing a lot of problems so it coats intestinal walls and serves as an anti-inflammatory that speeds healing. Banana is also able to coat, soothe and heal the serious inflammation of stomach.
So, it's no surprise that pediatricians always recommend bananas as the first fruit introduced to babies when they begin to consume solid food.
Eating bananas regularly can reduce a risk of leukemia. This effect is evident when the bananas are eaten regularly four to six times a week until babies are two years old. Banana can be a bastion against a leukemia attack because it's rich in vitamin C.
As an antioxidant, vitamin C can reduce a risk of DNA damage. Thus, automatically, the emergence of cancers can be stopped. Potassium in bananas is also proved to stabilize DNA and decreases chances of mutations.
So, have you eaten bananas today?
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