Banana Appeel

It’s soft. It’s sweet. It’s a widely accepted as a superfood. It’s banana appeel.

Super? Can a banana do anything more super than develop age spots? Most people do that sooner or later. Don’t take the banana for granted. Before you next reach for a glossy yellow portion of your five-a-day, take a bite of this bunch of benefits.

Health benefits

You may have heard the age-old fact that bananas are high in potassium. But did you know that they specifically contain Potassium-40 – a radioactive isotope of potassium?  Besides radioactivity, all that potassium means that eating bananas fights the risk of strokes, unhealthy blood pressure, kidney stones and even early death. Already feeling less complacent?

Cooking

What can you do with an old banana sitting in a fruit bowl going brown? Make banana tea bread. Mash with yoghurt for a nutritious breakfast.  Mix with eggs and make banana pancakes – potassium AND protein. Blend with other fruits for a smoothie or milkshake. Cut, blitz and freeze, and hey presto, you have healthy ice cream. Or just take a photo of it for a blog post…

Cosmetics

As well as potassium, which we’ve already established, bananas are rich in vitamins and minerals that are great for skin and hair. Vitamins C and B6 and manganese help revitalise skin, while the above vitamins plus vitamins A and E, iron and zinc can revive dead hair. Unsurprisingly, they are one of the most popular all-natural ingredients for face masks, hair products and lip scrubs. Neat, eh?

Which fruit could have such influence on so many areas of life? What kind of food could have so much power in just one serving? In the words of Gwen Stefani: This is bananas – B A N A N A S!

So there you go. Have a great day and enjoy a banana. But not a plastic one (not so great for the digestive system). –

Grace Liu

 

 

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